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EPoX EP-AD580XR AM2 AMD 580X CrossFire ATX AMD Motherboard

  • AMD 580X CrossFire
  • Athlon 64 X2 / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64
  • DDR2 800
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  • Philip R.
  • 4/5/2007 9:49:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsTricky setup

Pros: Big feature set, even for this price point. Runs VERY well. 3 PCI slots, Good overclocking.

Thunder Flash checks Epox server for new BIOS releases, then calls Winflash to install them.

Thunder Probe is handy but I won't be running it all the time.

Patriot 4-4-4-12 DDR-800 runs nice on this MB.

Power and reset buttons on MB are a nice feature, as is the Thunder Probe.

Cons: Very sketchy manuals.

JMicron IDE connector is difficult to get working with existing Windows. (Load optimized default, set SATA mode to IDE...Not in manual.) Almost every problem I had in installing this MB was related to the Jmicron IDE feature.

Had to install Windows from the hard drive because primary IDE (not Jmicron) connector disappeared when Windows rebooted.

IDE was very SLOW after re-install of Windows. Uninstall the last IDE controller from Device Manager to fix this. It also does this after BIOS updates.

NO files for this MB on Epox web page any more.

Chipset heatsink runs very hot. I pointed a Spot Cool fan at it and that helped a lot. Also helps keep the video card cool.

Other Thoughts: If you are buying this for the 2nd IDE port, you should probably just treat yourself to a new SATA DVD burner. I know the next optical I buy will be SATA, same with HDDs.

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  • Craig L.
  • 3/20/2007 7:58:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Works extremely well, easy setup, and more features than the average person will ever need. LED component status makes it really easy to diagnose problems the instant you turn the power on.

Board easily recognized everything: No need to manually set RAM timings,speed, or latency (in my case at least). Same went for the CPU.

Great for those willing to overclock.

BTW: A constant on LED indicates that your component(s) is working

Cons: Documentation is very sparse, technical support is very elusive.
The easiest way to get ahold of them is to use the option for wholesaler RMA's, do that and you should get a human.

Had to RMA along w/cpu, which gave me a huge hassle. Next day shipping turned out to be 4 day air, which ended with a 3 hour wait at my area's shipping hub so I could get the package.

Other Thoughts: 3 PCI slots is a plus. With features like this who's going to argue? No one that's who.

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  • Austin S.
  • 3/8/2007 12:12:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsworks good still having trouble

Pros: finally a good board worth using crossfire on an am2 platform has all the features of a good board would recommend but do some research on what you need to do to install it

Cons: had trouble with installation of xp bsod which was stated 2 reviews below i didnt know that but some how i was able to get xp to install dont know how but im still having video trouble i shut down last night and restart and black screen idk why or what think a driver prob

Other Thoughts: x1800gto x2 4000+ 1mb version 600watt psu seagate sata 2 crossfire ocz memory
a decent system cant wait to update video card will hold me over for now . just need to solver driver problems

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  • Timothy M.
  • 3/8/2007 8:58:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLiked the first one, so got a second

Pros: My first one was just dandy (see my review), so I got a second one to do a new build for my son. Everything was perfect again. These were both Vista Home Premium installs - maybe older XP discs don't have all the drivers necessary? Didn't need more than one IDE channel, so I can't comment on possible problems using both. Ditto on using all 4 RAM slots. All the USB ports came up 2.0, and no problems there. Sound seems decent.

Cons: The manual is a bit sparse. That's par for the course these days. I still think the color scheme is a little weird.

Other Thoughts: There aren't that many AM2 Crossfire boards out there. This one has the advantage of 3 regular PCI slots and 2 IDE channels, alhough I don't need the extras. Indeed, I built my son's with all SATA and his uses no regular PCI slots at all. I use one PCI slot in mine for a wireless card, but that's all. Incidentally, wireless setup with Vista is no fun at all with many wireless cards and routers, but that's a whole 'nother story, and not the motherboard's fault.

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  • anthony l.
  • 3/6/2007 10:43:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsno good

Pros: good on paper..set up was easy and flash was ok

Cons: board would short out when using all 4 ram slots... tested the power supply and ram and determined that it was the board.. rma for refund wont buy epox again.

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  • andrew f.
  • 3/6/2007 11:01:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsout to lunch

Pros: Good layout of the MB and the fact that it is a high end board that includes more then one IDE port. In addition, having 3 PCI slots instead of 2 is awsome.

Cons: Setup is awful. Instructions are seriously lacking. The 2nd IDE port is only mentioned in the manual as "optional". In addition, the system BIOS does NOT recognize the 2nd IDE port, only IDE 1. When installing Windows XP Pro, should you have anything plugged into this 2nd IDE port, you will blue screen during installation. Nothing is stated in the documentation about how to activate the port.
Technical support has been awful. Only stating that no other customers have experianced such problems. This issue is corrected by only using IDE 1 with 2 devices, installing Windows and ALL drivers and then you can access this second port. Further, the USB ports came up as generic ports and not USB 2.0. So USB devices function at a slower rate then they should. No response from thechinical support on this issue other then reinstall windows.

Other Thoughts: Running, AMD 5400 2.8ghz, ATI 1600 512meg vid. 2gig mem 6400,

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  • Jonathan T.
  • 3/5/2007 6:20:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board

Pros: I'd have to say, that for one, having a board that can support Crossfire cards is getting hard to come by. Also, being able to handle 16GB of memory means this board is going to last you.

Cons: Well, I was impressed with all of the USB connections, but I am noticing a lack of Firewire connection points on this board.

Other Thoughts: Overall, this motherboard is probably one of the best out there supporting AM2 chipsets and Crossfire video cards. If you're reading this debating on if this board is worth $XXX.XX, the answer is totally. The motherboard and the CPU are the two biggest items you don't want to go "cost effective" on. Make sure you're getting the quality you need for a great machine.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/15/2007 4:38:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsStable

Pros: My pc is now stable. I started with a Abit KN9-SLI and my computer was very unstable and would BSOD on XP and Vista. It is stable right out the box and makes my computer run faster.

Cons: NONE.

Other Thoughts: When in doubt an AMD chip get an AMD chipset to unleash the best performance. This chipset is the best out there IMO. IF you need all the Nvidia cr*p the keep your Nvidia chipset. If you want something stable and AM2 opteron ready then here it is.

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  • Timothy M.
  • 2/13/2007 11:00:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSo far so good

Pros: Installed with no hitches, worked finefrom the first power-up. The Ghost Bios feature is nice to have, even if I haven't needed it and hope I never will. BIOS is organized a little differently than I'm used to, but seems to have everything necessary--all the voltages are set on a separate page, so don't be surprised if they're not where you expect. Sparse but good documentation.

Cons: The color scheme is a little odd, although the board looks good nonetheless.

Other Thoughts: I've had good luck with previous Epox boards back back in the Socket A days so I thought I'd give this one a try.

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  • Roger J.
  • 1/20/2007 1:42:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsGREAT

Pros: Well... a very nice board on paper.. performace with AMD boards within the same rage tend not to vary greatly, so performance with this over other am2 enthusiast boards won't really be anything viable, nice ammount of features passive cooling, AMD580X chipset (aka ATI CrossFire Radeon Xpress 3200) IMO the best Crossfire board for am2 on newegg at this time.. Yes, crossfire.. thats pretty awesome.... Lots of SATA overclockablity its just all out great..

Cons: Not as many passive heatpipes as say a gagybyte GA-M59SLI-S5 (wich I have) but it gets the job done nicely.. not much else....

Other Thoughts: Crossfire (and SLI) aren't really nessicary, but they come on all the high end boards... There are alot of one card solutions that will play everything out.. ATI and nvidia. Crossfire (and SLI) to me, only come into play with having the best card out, and wanting more.. or having an older existing card and not wanting to go with complete new card..
When building a new system, why pay the same for 2 cards as you would for 1, and then u still have room for corssfire later if u buy just one.. Its also slighty less of a pain, and sumtimes a hassle.. But its a nice option to have anyways....
Finnaly a AM2 crossfire board, that is feature rich and not "budgetish" Pair this badboy up with an ATI R600, If thats wat they are still calling it.. GET THIS BOARD IF U WANT AM2 AND CROSSFIRE CAPABILITIES.. OR LIKE ATI GRAPHIC SOLUTION BETTER.. (its best to pair same chipset and graphics).....

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