Archived News October 2002


Halloween BIOS Extravaganza 31/10/02

Being Halloween tonight, we see fit to scare all EPoX users the world over with a rash of new official mainboard BIOS releases more ghastly than a poltergeist.........

Model : EP-4SDA5+
BIOS: SDA52A28.BIN (0200)
1.) Update CPU micro code.
2.) Solved system unstable if no PS2 mouse plugged.
3.) Increase system temperature for report real temperature with more accuracy.
4.) Turn off keyboard LED before power off.
5.) Improved compatibility with ATi 9700 AGP card.
6.) Support P4 Hyper-Threading CPU (PCB V2.0).
7.) Update High Point BIOS to V2.34 for support High Point 372N.
8.) Solved High Point 372N can’t detect hard disk.
9.) Change 'Frequency/Voltage Control' item name to 'Power BIOS Features'.
10.) Change "CPU Hyper-Threading" to "Hyper-Threading Technology" and add help string on this setup option.
11.) Do not show CPU number in single platform.

Model: EP-4T4AU
BIOS: 4T4A2A23.BIN (2500)
1.) Support Hyper-Threading CPU (N).
2.) “Delayed Transaction” menu item default value change to “Disable”.
3.) Added “Hyper-Threading Technology” menu item default value is “Disable”.
4.) High Point controller Adapter ROM update to HPT372N (Ver2.331).

Model: EP-8K9A2+
BIOS: K9A22A25.BIN (8300)
1.) Update adapt ROM for support High Point 372N.
2.) Solved PC speaker no beep when system boot up and video pass.
3.) Fixed some Athlon MP CPU can't identify correctly.
4.) Added AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2600+(FSB333) support. (According to AMD document 21922 Rev Q-2 p.9).
5.) Change 'Frequency/Voltage Control' item name to 'Power BIOS Features'.

Model: EP-4G4M, 4G4M+
BIOS: 4G4M2A28.BIN (E000)
1.) Solved un-plug PS/2 mouse can’t install NT4.0.
2.) Update VGA BIOS to 2686.

Model: EP-4GEA, 4GEA+
BIOS: 4GEA2A30.BIN (B300)
1.) High Point controller Adapter ROM update to HPT372N (Ver2.34)

Model: EP-4PEA, 4PEA+
BIOS: 4PEA2A30.BIN (F900)
1.) High Point controller Adapter ROM update to HPT372N (Ver2.34)

Download the BIOS here 

Posted 15:29, Thursday, October 31, 2002


New P4 Specifications Uploaded

i850e based Mainboard - EP 4T4AU/+ - Read the specifications here

i845GE based Mainboard - EP-4GEA/+ - Read the specifications here

i845PE based mainboard - EP-4PEA/+ - Read the specifications here 

Posted 16:17, Friday, October 18, 2002


New BIOS 18/10/02

Model : EP-4B2M, 4B2M+ , 4B2A
BIOS : 4B2A2A17.BIN (B600)
Fixed :
1.) Update Micro code.
2.) Support Celeron 2.0GHz CPU.

Model : EP-4BDM, 4BDM+
BIOS : 4BDM2A15.BIN (C200)
Fixed :
1.) Update Micro code.
2.) Support Celeron 2.0GHz CPU

Download the BIOS here 

Posted 10:10, Friday, October 18, 2002


KT400 Premium Mainboard Products

Specifications for the EPoX KT400 mainboards EP-8K9A2+ (SATA) and EP-8K9A3+ have now been uploaded onto the UK server.

View the specifications here 

Posted 17:34, Wednesday, October 16, 2002


Real DDR 400

Who's KT400 product can handle 1.5GB of DDR400 memory running at 400MHz ??? That's right, EPoX once again offering stability in places where other mainboard manufacturers simply offer single DIMM support.

Details of premium KT400 mainboard models to follow shortly. 

Posted 9:55, Wednesday, October 16, 2002


EP-4SDA5+ Specifications Uploaded

Specifications of the SiS648 / 963 based mainboard - EP-4SDA5+ have now been uploaded to the server.

Read the specifications here 

Posted 14:08, Tuesday, October 15, 2002


New BIOS 15/10/02

Model : EP-4SDA, 4SDA+
BIOS : 4SDA2A09.BIN (8900)
Fixed :
- Update CPU micro code
- Support Celeron 2.0GHz CPU
- Fixed Win98 APM no support "Stand By" mode

Model : EP-4BDA, 4BDA2+
BIOS : 4BD22A03.BIN (2A00)
Fixed :
- Update CPU micro code
- Support Celeron 2.0GHz CPU

Download the BIOS here 

Posted 11:39, Tuesday, October 15, 2002


4SDM series BIOS

Model : EP-4SDM, 4SDM+, 4SDM2, 4SDM2+
BIOS : 4SDM2A09.BIN (6E00)
Fixed :
- Update CPU micro code
- Support Celeron 2.0GHz CPU
- Fixed Win98 APM no support "Stand By" mode

Download the BIOS here 

Posted 9:22, Tuesday, October 15, 2002



BIOS : 4BDE2A07.BIN (5300)
Fixed :
1) Support Celeron 2.0GHZ CPU
2) Modify MiDi Port Address default 330 for customer request
3) Update Micro code

Download the BIOS here 

Posted 15:25, Thursday, October 10, 2002


i845GE & i845PE Press Release

EPoX’s New Extremely High Performance Mainboards, EP-4PEA+ & 4GEA+

Introducing Intel’s GE and PE chipset platforms supporting the newest generation Hyper-Threading technology for improved multitasking ability.
01-10-2002 – After the great success of the EP-4G4A+ and EP-4BEAR mainboards, EPoX has put in even more effort on the Intel platform to focus on the next generation chipsets - 845PE and i845GE. Given that Intel has introduced new Hyper-Threading capability into forthcoming Pentium 4’s, the new mainboards will offer even greater stability within voltage regulation. FMB2 will make the system stable even moreso. Hyper-Threading is Intel's new microprocessor technology to implement SMT (Simultaneous Multi Threading). It makes a single processor look like two processors to the operating system and can considerably accelerate the performance of a multi-threaded application. The original technology of Hyper-Threading was applied in Intel's XEON processors at the CeBit fair of March 2002. But right now Intel is also putting this feature into Intel Pentium 4 and positions it as a technology for the desktop PC. Alongside the CPU, Intel has also released the i845PE and i845GE platform to meet accompany such. EP-4PEA+ and EP-4GEA+ are the mainboards that EPoX has made based upon these chipsets.

The outstanding performance board EP-4PEA+, includes many good features on board. It can fully support up to 2GB of DDR333 memory and also 533MHz FSB. An inbuilt feature of Intel’s ICH4 south bridge is support for USB2.0 with a bandwidth of 480MB/sec. It also integrates a 10/100Mb fast Ethernet controller in the form of the Realtek RTL8100B LAN chipset with a RJ-45 connector, and sports 2 extra IDE ports with the HPT372 Ultra DMA-133 & IDE RAID (0, 1, 0+1) x 2 (Up to 4 Devices) controller. Even more importantly, to support future HD technology, we also include the S-ATA port on the board in the form of the Silicon Image Sil3112A controller. Also integrated is an IEEE1394 controller to fulfill the needs of the DV user to link to the DV device. The only differential between the EP-4PEA+ and EP-4GEA+ is that they use the i845PE and i845GE (with Intel Extreme Graphics) respectively.

EPoX releases the EP-4PEA+ and EP-4GEA+ with performance at the fore to meet the needs of the high end market for the Intel Pentium 4. Based on the traditional features of an EPoX board, we have also created a lot of good functions on the EP-4PEA+ and EP-4GEA+ like the power user oriented BIOS with extended overclocking features such as CPU Vcore, DDR SDRAM voltage adjustment, AGP voltage adjustment , CPU clock and AGP clock adjustment and so on. As well as all of the features that we have mentioned earlier, we also now introduce the newest feature to catch the user’s eye, “Magic Light”; this is truly the most fantastic feature that is built into the EP-4GEA+ and EP-4PEA+. It was made by mounting two blue LED lights into the northbridge cooling fan. When using a case window or transparent case, the Magic Light will light up the enclosure with the cool blue color. Also included is the well known LED Debug “Post Port” function, making EPoX the most colorful mainboard this year.

Posted 13:31, Friday, October 4, 2002


XP2800+ Support

Today marks the launch of the AMD XP2700+ and XP2800+ processors -

Based upon a 333MHz system bus, many of our competitiors inferior system boards are unable to support such processors due to their inability to run stably at the required host clock speed of 166MHz.

EPoX to the rescue. Our proven ability to run at in excess of 200MHz processor bus speed means that all of our KT333, KT400 and NForce 2 line up of mainboards are able to support these new processors. Exact mainboard models are:-


Posted 15:08, Tuesday, October 1, 2002


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