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nForce 2 and KT400 in a duel: Asus A7N8X Deluxe against EPoX 8RDA + and EP-8K9A2 +

nForce 2 and KT400 in a duel: Asus A7N8X Deluxe against EPoX 8RDA + and EP-8K9A2 +

Bios

Not just the layout and the equipment reminded us of the 8KHA +, even when browsing through the countless BIOS settings we feel like we have been transported back over a year. In particular, the settings for overclocking are impressive. Most nForce 2 boards have the menu for setting memory timing and clock rate in common, but up to 2.2V VCore and 2.9V VDimm are far from the usual range. Theoretically, the multiplier can be chosen freely and the FSB can now even be driven to 250MHz. For our unmodified Athlon XP Thoroughbred, however, the board only wanted multipliers of under 12.5 andfreely assign its default multi of 15. For the time being, other multinationals have to be forced through a conductive silver varnish modification. ( Update : The latest BIOS revisions fix the problem and allow the Thorougbred to choose the multi from 5-24)

The 8RDA + also behaved in an exemplary manner and ran with 2-2-2-5-1 and the XP2600 + without a dropout. The distribution of the interrupts is as follows. The remaining four interrupts are assigned to the onboard components.

8RDA + INT request

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