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Epox launches SLI motherboard for AMD Socket-754 CPUs

Jackey Wang, Taipei; Jessie Shen, DIGITIMES 0

Epox Computer yesterday introduced the EP-8NPA SLI motherboard, which features Nvidia's nForce4 SLI (scalable link interface) dual-graphics chipset and is the world’s first SLI motherboard for the AMD Socket-754 platform, claims the company.

In the SLI motherboard market, most consumers buy a Socket-939 board plus a 6600TD or 6600GT graphics card, according to the company. Epox said that the 8NPA SLI provides the opportunity of saving on the cost of the CPU and instead upgrade the graphics card for better 3D performance.

Besides standard SLI specifications, the EP-8NPA SLI is also the first 754 motherboard to support SATA2 with RAID.

Epox EP-8NPA SLI motherboard

Item

Detail

Photo

CPU socket

Socket-754 Athlon 64/ Semporn up to 3700+ with 1.6GTs HyperTransport processor

Chipset

Nvidia nForce4 SLI

System memory

Two 184-pin DDR SDRAM DIMM memory slots, single/double-sided 2.5v DDR-333/400 DIMMs in 128/256/512Mb technologies (for up to 2GB)

Expansion slots

Two PCI compliant with PCI v2.2, two PCIe x1 compliant with PCI e 1.0a, two PCIe x16 compliant with PCIe 1.0a to support SLI technology (without SLI MXM connector)

Connectors

Ten USB ports, two IDE ports (up to 4 IDE devices), four SATA2 ports

Audio

2/6-CH audio from onboard RealTek ALC65X AC¡¦97 v2.3 compliant CODEC

LAN

1Gb Ethernet from onboard VITESS VSC8201RX Gigabit Ethernet PHY

Form factor

ATX: 305x225x40mm

Source: Company, compiled by DigiTimes, September 2005

Epox: August 2004 - August 2005 revenues (NT$m)

Month

Sales

M/M

Y/Y

YTD

Y/Y

Aug-05

231

26.4%

(36.2%)

1,686

(32.2%)

Jul-05

183

(0.7%)

(26.1%)

1,455

(31.5%)

Jun-05

184

(7.2%)

(9.7%)

1,272

(32.2%)

May-05

198

(24.8%)

(22.8%)

1,088

(35%)

Apr-05

264

(0.3%)

(12.4%)

890

(37.2%)

Mar-05

264

54.4%

(34.9%)

626

(43.9%)

Feb-05

171

(10%)

(61.2%)

362

(49%)

Jan-05

190

(24.1%)

(28.9%)

190

(28.9%)

Dec-04

251

(26.4%)

(16.2%)

3,870

6.5%

Nov-04

341

(15%)

(2.3%)

3,619

8.5%

Oct-04

401

2.4%

(7.4%)

3,278

9.8%

Sep-04

391

8.2%

26.5%

2,877

12.7%

Aug-04

362

46.4%

20.6%

2,486

10.8%

*Figures are not consolidated
Source: TSE, compiled by Digitimes, September 2005

Epox: 2Q 2004 - 2Q 2005 revenues (NT$m)

Quarter

Sales

Q/Q

Y/Y

YTD

Y/Y

2Q-05

646

3.2%

(15.2%)

1,272

(32.2%)

1Q-05

626

(36.9%)

(43.9%)

626

(43.9%)

4Q-04

992

(0.8%)

(8.2%)

3,870

6.5%

3Q-04

1,001

31.5%

17.4%

2,877

12.7%

2Q-04

761

(31.8%)

10.2%

1,877

10.4%

*Figures are not consolidated
Source: TSE, compiled by Digitimes, September 2005

Epox: 2Q 2004 - 2Q 2005 balance sheet (NT$k)

Item

2Q-2005

1Q-2005

4Q-2004

3Q-2004

2Q-2004

Current assets

1,191,496

1,185,096

1,380,848

1,666,605

1,528,504

Long-term investments

164,540

136,552

155,566

167,824

170,428

Fixed assets (net)

203,830

252,241

283,692

285,116

395,167

Other assets

186,045

142,591

115,362

184,948

101,539

Assets

1,745,911

1,716,480

1,935,468

2,304,493

2,195,638

Current liabilities

1,110,968

1,077,263

1,291,562

1,536,933

1,355,742

Noncurrent interest-bearing liabilities

69,512

70,384

71,170

71,989

72,799

Other liabilities

78,638

72,666

83,558

63,777

72,190

Liabilities

1,259,118

1,220,313

1,446,290

1,672,699

1,500,731

Stockholders' equity

486,793

496,167

489,178

631,794

694,907

*Figures are not consolidated
Source: TSE, compiled by Digitimes, September 2005

Epox: 2Q 2004 - 2Q 2005 income statement (NT$k)

Item

2Q-2005

1Q-2005

4Q-2004

3Q-2004

2Q-2004

NT$k

% of sales

NT$k

% of sales

NT$k

% of sales

NT$k

% of sales

NT$k

% of sales

Gross sales

650,789

 

627,828

 

998,147

 

1,024,843

 

765,487

 

Operating revenue

645,869

99.2%

626,107

99.7%

992,178

99.4%

1,000,507

97.6%

761,147

99.4%

Gross profit (loss) from operations

60,906

9.4%

70,130

11.2%

80,015

8%

88,220

8.6%

71,935

9.4%

Operating expenses

45,502

7%

45,397

7.2%

111,830

11.2%

121,786

11.9%

109,683

14.3%

Operating income (loss)

11,623

1.8%

37,274

5.9%

-49,282

-4.9%

-23,291

-2.3%

-44,050

-5.8%

Non-operating revenues and gains

14,286

2.2%

8,226

1.3%

10,869

1.1%

3,579

0.3%

-8,959

-1.2%

Non-operating expenses and losses

29,308

4.5%

36,841

5.9%

94,060

9.4%

48,878

4.8%

31,418

4.1%

Income from continuing operations before income tax

-3,399

-0.5%

8,659

1.4%

-132,473

-13.3%

-68,590

-6.7%

-84,427

-11%

Net income (loss)

-1,599

-0.2%

8,659

1.4%

-134,593

-13.5%

-68,590

-6.7%

-85,029

-11.1%

*Figures are not consolidated
Source: TSE, compiled by Digitimes, September 2005

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