Performance Summary and Conclusion
Performance Summary: Comparing the performance of the EPoX EP-5LDA+GLI motherboard to our reference test system, we find that the product performs on par with similar hardware in its class. Neither testbed had a clear advantage over the other in any of the benchmarks we ran. With the EPoX EP-5LDA+GLI, it all boils down to features, price and overclocking, as its stock performance is typical for an i945P based motherboard.
The EP-5LDA+GLI has a good balance of integrated components and expandability, with the potential for decent overclocking once EPoX works out a few kinks. Also, the ability to add a second PCI Express graphics card to a system based on this motherboard is a major plus.
Overall, the EPoX EP-5LDA+GLI turned out to be an interesting product that fills a select niche. The retail package comes with a decent collection of software and hardware, and the board's expected $149 MSRP is attractive considering its dual-PEG slot configuration and list of integrated features. There are a couple of caveats, however. First, we have had a lot of trouble locating this board in retail channels. Secondly, EPoX hasn't resolved the overclocking issues thus far. If overclocking is not a major concern and the EP-5LDA+GLI's features appeal to you though, then you probably won't be disappointed. However, if overclocking is high on your priority list, you may want to look elsewhere until EPoX has all the wrinkles ironed out. In it's current state, we give the EPoX EP-5LDA+GLI a Hot Hardware Heat Meter Rating of 7.
|• Dual PEG Slots (GLI)
• Dual-Core Support
• Features and Price
|• Overclocking Issues