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
Conclusion EPoX 8KHA +
An objective conclusion after such fascinating test results? Very difficult, but we dare to do the balancing act. What EPoX set up with the 8KHA + is certainly one of the most interesting mainboards at the moment. Even the 8KHA and actually every current board from EPoX impress with their scope of delivery, equipment, documentation and stability. The 8KHA +, coupled with VIA's little masterpiece, the KT266A, now also brings the most impressive performance values to the buyer's computer. Anyone who thinks with horror of a horrendous selling price will unfortunately be disappointed. Because the board is available from specialist retailers for less than DM 300. This means that the price is far below that of the 8KHA when it was launched. What are we left with? In view of the abstinence from really negative aspects, nothing else than to proclaim the 8KHA + with a clear conscience firstly as the new front runner in the mainboard top list and secondly to be uncompromisingly recommended.
- Scope of delivery
- Bios Settings (RAM Tweaking + Overclocking )
- Possibly. Problems with extremely large heat sinks.
- (No more ISA slots)
In view of the outstanding performance of the KT266A, it cannot really be expressed otherwise: The chipset is currently the absolute none-plus-ultra for the socket A platform. While its predecessor was still fighting forehead to forehead with its numerous competitors, the KT266A leaves all competitors far behind. Coupled with the extremely good stability of our board and the more than lavish range of functions of North and South Bridge, in view of these results there is currently hardly a way around this chip for the performance-hungry buyer. Only the SiS735 could represent a somewhat slower, but extremely inexpensive alternative due to its unbeatable low price. But back to the KT266A. The VIA southbridge bug that the AMD760 has to struggle with is alien to him. The SiS735 is nowhere near a threat when it comes to speed issues. Only die-hard SDRAM and ISA slot favorites will probably still be able to search for another chip. Both techniques will probably no longer be seen on KT266A boards. Mind you, this conclusion is more aimed at newcomers to the GDR and upgraders. Current owners of a DDR-RAM board should, however, think three times whether the significantly higher memory throughput in their application and resolution makes sense in cooperation with the CPU and, above all, the graphics card. helpful or both? The editorial team is happy about any support from ComputerBase Pro and deactivated ad blockers. More about Ads on ComputerBase .