The board, called the EP-AD580 XR, handles all Athlon AM2 based CPUs and any Crossfire configuration. This is good news for ATI lovers. The first thing we noticed are two IDE connectors to make your IDE life easier. This is definitely good news for people with two IDE based DVD drives.
Another good surprise for the upgrade market is the three PCI slots. There will be a plenty of space for soundcards, an Ageia card or whatever you want to plug in.
The board also comes with two quite useless PCIe 1X slots and can take care of six SATA devices. It has four DIMM sockets for plenty of DDR2 memory and eight USB 2.0 ports. Epox 580X board also supports 2, 6 or 8-CH audio from ALC883 and gigabit Ethernet.
When it comes to special features Epox supports keyboard power on and wake on LAN. It has onboard led display, CPU over-heat protection. CPU, chassis and power fan speed control, a thermo stick digital thermometer and onboard EZ-button for convenient power-on.
We expect to see this board shortly in Euroland in the meantime you can find more details here. µ
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