EPoX 8KHA + with KT266A in the test: A mainboard like no other
- 1 Preface
- The chipset: VIA KT266A
- 2 Scope of delivery
- 3 Equipment
- 4 Test system
- 9 Conclusion EPoX 8KHA +
- Conclusion KT266A
The stability of the 8KHA + is excellent. In addition to the A7V266 from Asus, the board was now the 2nd board that left the computer without crashing after the test phase. We were also surprised by the fact that RAM timings, which were not yet possible with the identical RAM bar on the 8KHA, now ran without problems on the 8KHA +. EPoX seems to have done a little fine-tuning in this regard.
Also with the Overclocking options and their implementation are similar to 8KHA and 8KHA + down to the smallest detail. Accordingly, our test board leaves nothing to be desired. AllEPoX has packed the relevant settings into its own menu item, the range is extensive. The multiplier can be selected in steps of 0.5, the FSB from 100-199MHz in steps of 1MHz. The VCore allows settings on the well-known interval of 1.65-1.85V. The dimming voltage can also be adjusted. It is 'default' 0.1V above the actually specified 2.5V. A very conservative method of persuading even stubborn RAM to work together. Another particularly positive aspect is the extremely extensive menu for RAM tweaking. Pretty much every relevant variable can be varied as you wish. In addition to four predefined settings ('normal', 'fast', 'fastest' and 'turbo'), you can get the best out of every RAM module. Overall, the 8KHA + also deserves an unreserved 'very good' in terms of overclocking.
Note: We also wanted to check the 8KHA + for hidden, factory overclocking and dared to take a look at WCPUID by H.Oda. At 133.64MHz, however, the front side bus is just about within the usual range, even if this way an effective clock of 1336Mhz is achieved with a multiplier of 10.
On the next page: Test system