Today we will be looking at the EPoX EP-9U1697-GLi motherboard. This board is EPoX’s first board to use the new M1697 chipset from ULi. Take a first look at this motherboard with us, as we determine how it fits into a market already filled with mid-priced socket 939 motherboards.
When this motherboard arrived, I was quite eager to try it out against the Biostar motherboard I was using in my system. I wanted to see what advantages, if any, the ULi chipset could provide over the nForce4 chipset on my Biostar.
Here’s the specs from EPoX’s website:
AMD Athlon-64 and Athlon-64 FX
2.0 GTs HT FSB
4 x DDR SDRAM PC2700/PC3200 Dual Channel, 4GB max.
Dual PCI-E x16 for GLI Support
3x PCI, 1x PCI-E x1
2 x E/IDE Ultra DMA/133, 4 drives max.
4 (SATA II, RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5)
8 (4 Rear, 4 Pin Header) USB 2.0
Integrated 10/100 LAN
Realtek ALC65X selectable 2 or 6-CH audio with SPDIF header
Award/Phoenix BIOS v6.0
P80P LED Debug Display
ATX (305mm x 245mm)
IDE/Floppy Cables, SATA Data/Power Cables, I/O Shield, CD Driver, Manual
Ok, now that you’ve seen the specs, let’s open the box!
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