Joined on 11/30/04
Great value, performance and support.
Pros: Value. For under xxx shipped, you get 2.5 latency RAM with a protective covering/heat shield. When I took out my old RAM, one of the sticks was covered with a thick layer of dust. I was worried about a short. This won't happen with the gigaRam!
Cons: Not much of a "con" but the ram is silver, not blue as pictured.
Overall Review: The gigaram web site has a very helpful support forum that gets monitored and gets quick replies.
Great board for those still invested in Socket 754
Pros: Here's the deal: We're dealing with an old socket technology, so our options are limited. If you're building a system from scratch, look elsewhere. But if you have a nice Athlon 64 socket 754 processor and RAM and want to get into PCI-E, this is the board for you. It was the ONLY one I could find that had TWO IDE channels (4 devices), SATA 2 (upto 4 devices, supports RAID) and PCI-Express. Yeah, it's nice that it can run two video cards, but I'm more likely to invest in a new socket design before I'm going to buy another video card. I've only had it a week, but it's running great and was really simple to set up.
Cons: The EPoX USA website is worthless. Go to the EPoX GLOBAL English site for up-to-date drivers and downloads. NOTE: Make a RAID/SATA driver floppy before you start! I hate to say it, but their web sites are still better than my experiences with Asus! Any other Cons are due to it being socket 754 and that's not fair to criticize the mobo for being old technology. It is what it is! Mainly, no dual channel RAM (but again, that's because it's socket 754). Other than that, the only thing I could fault is the WEAK manual and the fact that you can't see the fancy LED readout if you have case pins connected and a floppy drive. It is blocked from view.
Overall Review: Allowed me to upgrade to PCI-E AND SATA2 for only about $50 over the price of my new video card. Previously, with AGP, I was locked at an ATi x1950PRO or nVidea 7900GS. Now, with PCI-E, I have a ton more options. My drives were already SATA2 but previously, I had to jumper them to SATA1 until I got this board.