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For updated information on this motherboard check out our Head to Head comparison that includes this board. From a performance perspective, as we've noticed in our latest Desktop CPU Comparison , the K and the K6-III have little difficulty competing with their Intel counterparts in most business and some content creation applications, it is in games that they aren't as strong of a force in. However for the user that doesn't play games, AMD is looking to make their once flagship processors the ideal low-cost solution, unfortunately that is where AMD's power stops.
It is up to the motherboard manufacturers to support the standard by producing high quality Super7 motherboards, but it hasn't been until recently that one could arguably call a Super7 motherboard "high quality. Prior to that release, very few Super7 motherboards were deserving of the processors which they ran, and the introduction of the MVP3G-M changed all that.
The basic board design is the same and the end product will be quite appetizing even to the most critical of Super7 users, however it isn't perfect. Let's find out why Basically, the G2's layout is nothing more than that of the MVP3G-M, which is a smart move on Epox's part by keeping the cost of producing a new PCB design out of the cost of their motherboard. The 1MB of on-board L2 or L3 in the case of a system outfitted with the K cache is provided courtesy of two 4ns Winbond chips.
This is the second time we've seen these 4ns Winbond chips used on a Super7 board, the first was with the Tyan Trinity S we reviewed not too long ago. The 1MB of L2 cache in addition to the 32Kx8 Tag RAM module cripples the MVP3 chipset's cacheable memory area to MB meaning that if any memory is accessed above the MB limit, it will result in degraded performance during the accessing of the data stored within that memory space.
This, of course, does not apply to K systems, whose on-chip L2 cache takes care of the cacheable memory area of the system. The G2 does come with an optional 2MB of L2 cache, that model is specifically renamed as the MVP3G5 and will be plagued by considerably less availability due to the demand for such a product as well as the costs associated with it.
The other four are either blocked by the front panel connectors or the poorly placed floppy drive connector. Conversely, both of the ISA slots are capable of accepting full length cards. Click to Enlarge.
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