Epox MVP3E-M Review
After reviewing the Epox 58MVP3C-M AT super7 mainboard i had high expectations of this mainboard and all I can say is Epox didn't dissappoint. The MVP3E-M incorporates everything a good motherboard should. First of all, included with the board is a well written User's Manual to help you set your system up for the first time, driver disks consisting of VIA's APMC/ Bus Master IDE Drivers and VIA's AGP GART VxD.
The setup and configuration process of the MVP3E-M is almost child's play. As with the earlier AT super7 board the ATX version features their own Easy Setting Dual Jumper CPU configuration setup allowing you to select the FSB and Clock Multiplier using a single jumper for each. The voltage settings are also configured using a single jumper, allowing you to select from core voltages 2.1, 2.2, 2.4, 2.8, 2.9 and 3.2v, covering a wide range of today's available processors. Another unique feature of the MVP3E-M is its support for Keyboard Power On. By switching the position of a single jumper you can enable this user friendly feature, pressing any 2 keys on the keyboard at the same time will bring your system to life by making use of the features of your ATX Power Supply. Powering down can also be done automatically using Win 95/98's support for the ATX Soft-Off function.
This is an extremely large board and that may be one of the reasons that Epox included the pair of SIMM slots that were noticeably absent from the MVP3C-M AT board. Of course the 100MHz FSB speed requires high quality memory but the VIA MVP3 chipset offers the ability to run the Memory Bus Speed at 66MHz configurable with a single jumper on this board. By setting JP5 to 1-2 your memory can be run at a 66MHz bus frequency while your CPU and L2 cache can take advantage of the 95/100MHz FSB required by the K6-2 300/333. This feature enables you to use the existing 72pin EDO SIMMs you probably already have, making the upgrade to a super7 screamer a more gentle process on your wallet.
The MVP3 chipset, Tag RAM and 1MB of L2 cache onboard allow for a maximum cacheable memory area of 256MB on the MVP3E-M. The board sent to me for review by Epox included the "CE" revision of the VIA chipset as well as jumper setting enabling the use of the 95MHz external CPU frequency.