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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

And also with our 3rd Instead of many words, we prefer to let candidates speak the screenshots. Overall, the Bios, the 8K9A2 +, is also presented in the old EPoX manner and offers settings in abundance. These range from the options for overclocking to the power management menus and the deactivation of individual onboard components. While the FSB can optionally be screwed up to 255MHz (1MHz steps), the volt settings are also extremely revealing. 2.2V VCore and up to 3.2V VDimm can be expected of the brave overclocker from his components - the free choice of the multiplier is almost thereOf course. Athlon XP CPUs with a Thoroughbred core can address the board with all multis (5-23) without the slightest modification. Unfortunately, the KT400 does not offer a fixed AGP/PCI clock. In return, the 'Wake On' and energy-saving menus are extremely extensive. All on-board components can be deactivated via the BIOS.

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Through In our benchmark course we were able to run the board with the RAM timings 2-2-2-5-1 without any problems. With FSB400/DDR400 we had to reduce the timing to 2.5-3-3-6-2 due to the Corsair PC3000 modules used. Operation with two modules was still possible despite a RAM cycle of 200MHz. The distribution of the interrupts is as follows.

8K9A2 + INT-Request

Here we see a misery that is unfortunately all too common. Although the KT400 with its new Southbridge VT8235 theoretically has eight interrupts ready, EPoX only used four of those. Although only four of the eight lines can be used for the slots, the other four could have been assigned to the on-board components. Slots and onboard features share half of the interrupts and one of the advantages of the KT400 fizzles out.

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