Introduction

A couple of days ago, we looked at the KT7A-RAID, ABIT’s attempt with the VIA KT133A chipset.  It was an impressive motherboard, with quite a few unique features and decent performance.  We also addressed several issues in overclocking with the new chipset. 

EPoX was among the first companies to release KT133A solutions, the EP-8KTA3 and the EP-8kTA3+, and these motherboards are available on the market already.  EpoX’s previous attempt at the KT133 chipset, the EP-8KTA2, was a decent board but it wasn’t very impressive.  Now with the KT133A chipset, it’s a good time for them to gain some more ground.

In order to do that, EPoX has a couple of things to focus on, mainly features and stability.  EPoX knows that, and they have equipped the EP-8KTA3 with some new unique features.  We received their evaluation sample a while ago and were very impressed when we first looked at it.  Is the board still that impressive as we analyzed it further, or does it still have its own setbacks?  Let’s walk through the details and decide.

EPoX EP-8KTA3

CPU Interface
Socket-A
Chipset
VIA KT133A
VT 8363A North Bridge
VT 686B South Bridge
Form Factor
ATX
Bus Speeds
100 / 102 / 104 / 106 / 107 / 108 / 109 / 110 / 111 / 112 / 113 / 114 / 116 / 118 / 120 / 124 / 127 / 130 / 133 / 140 / 145 / 150 / 155 / 160 / 166 MHz
Core
Voltages Supported

Auto Detect

-0.1 / -0.075 / -0.05 / -0.025 / +0.025 / +0.05 / +0.075 / +0.125 / +0.150 V

I/O
Voltages Supported
+0.05 / +0.10 / +0.15 / +0.20 / +0.25 / +0.30 / +0.35 V
AGP
Voltages Supported
+0.1 / +0.2 / +0.3 / +0.4 / +0.5 V
Memory Slots
4 168-pin DIMM Slots
Expansion Slots
1 AGP Slot
6 PCI Slots (3 full length)
0 AMR Slots
1 ISA Slot (1 Shared)
On-board Audio
VIA VT1611A AC’97 CODEC
BIOS
Award Modular BIOS 6.00PGN
BIOS Revision
0C20 (12/20/2000)
Shouldn’t it look like the EP-8KTA2?

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