Epox M762A and Gigabyte A-7DPXDW in the test: Dual-AMD motherboards in comparison

Epox M762A and Gigabyte A-7DPXDW in the test: Dual-AMD motherboards in comparison

The M762A from Epox

Epox M762A - Mainboard
Epox - Southbridge

The Southbridge is already available in revision B2, so that Epox was able to activate the USB functionality. Perhaps one of the reasons that the board reached us so late - we must have been waiting for the revised B1 revision. It continues unspectacularly. The northbridge is commendably equipped with an active cooler; as our temperature measurements showed, this is urgently needed.

Epox processor Environment
Epox - power supply

The three fan connections can be found on the mainboard. Two for the CPU fan, the other for a case fan. There is no sound on board. Only the separate USB connector for the second USB ports is available. The normal 20-pin power connector and the 4-pin reserve power connector are required for the power connection.

Epox - External connections

A network connection is also integrated, which is controlled by an Intel 82559 10/100 Mbit chip. On the M762A we find five slots for expansion cards, the AGP slot, 2 PCI slots with the 64bit/66MHz specification and three normal PCI slots with 32bit/33MHz. Forthe drives, in addition to the connection for the floppy drive, there is a normal IDE controller that supports ATA100 (UDMA5).

Features & Scope of Delivery

For Unfortunately, there isn't much to say about the scope of delivery. In addition to the mainboard itself, there is also the manual written in English, the mandatory connection cables for the drives (a 40-pin IDE cable, an 80-pin IDE cable and the cable for the floppy drive). In addition, a Solt sheet for the second USB interface and a driver CD - that's it. We missed the ATX cover for the tower, in which the lead out connections of the mainboard fit. Although not absolutely necessary, the M762A is the only board that does not come with a USB 2.0 card.

Epox - scope of delivery

The features of the Epox M762A in detail

  • Form factor
    • Socket 462 ATX (30.5cm x 24.4cm)
  • Processor
    • Supports dual (Socket462) AMD Athlon MP
  • Chipset
    • AMD 760 MPX Chipset
    • AMD 762 Northbridge (actively cooled)
    • AMD 768 Southbridge (Revision B2)
  • RAM
    • 4x 184 pin DIMMS (DDR RAM)
    • Supports 2100 DDR RAM with 2.5V
    • Max. Memory size: 3.5 GB Registered DDR SDRAM
  • Expansion slots
    • 1x AGP Pro 4x slot
    • 2x 64 bit/66 MHz PCI slots
    • 3x 32 bit/33 MHz PCI slots
    • 3x fan connections (3 monitor capable)
    • 2 IDE ports (UDMA 33/66/100)
  • External connections
    • 1x parallel port
    • 2x serial ports
    • 2x USB ports
    • 1 network connection (Intel 82559 10/100 MBit)
  • Internal connections
    • 2 USB front panel connections
  • Bios
    • 2 MBit Award Bios
    • Front side bus single steps adjustable (133-166MHz)
    • PC Health Monitoring
  • Other functions
    • Wake-On-LAN


Now we come to the BIOS of the Epox M762A. Almost identical to the MSI's BIOS, you can set the usual options here. Be it that you can check the status of the mainboard using the hardware monitor or that you can adapt the various memory timings perfectly to your memory. The overclockers were also thought of again. Here, too, only the FSB remains for overclocking, which can be set in single steps between 133 MHz and 166 MHz. Unfortunately, the voltage of the CPUs or the multiplier cannot be adjusted.

Gigabyte - Bios 01
Gigabyte - Bios 02
Gigabyte - Bios 03
Gigabyte - Bios 04
Gigabyte - Bios 05
Gigabyte - Bios 06
Gi gabyte - Bios 07
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Gigabyte - Bios 12
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Gigabyte - Bios 14
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Gigabyte - Bios 16
Gigabyte - Bios 17
Gigabyte - Bios 18

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