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ePoX - what an ass

Discussion in 'Motherboards' started by PoliticallyCorrect, 28 Feb 2006.

  1. PoliticallyCorrect

    Hitman

    Joined: 2 Jul 2005

    Posts: 522

    i baught a SATA drive for my nForce 3 ultra ePoX mobo, and i can't use it because the graphics card heatsink/fan is in the way of the connectors. It's a rediculous design fault!, any one have any ideas what i should do ?
     
  2. melchy

    Soldato

    Joined: 19 Oct 2002

    Posts: 6,538

    Location: Scotland

    I remember reading about that fault in a review of the board (i have one of the boards myself but its currently unused). They did eventially get it to work by trying a few different cables that they could bend etc. What they definately said is that the cable supplied with the board will not fit in any way.
     
  3. VaderDSL

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 15,484

    Location: Manchester

    aye it is pathetic :( I had to use the Akasa silver one with the angled sata connector and somehow bodge it to fit due to my arctic cooler getting in the way, that board was the worst laid out board i have EVER had the misfortune to own
     
  4. PoliticallyCorrect

    Hitman

    Joined: 2 Jul 2005

    Posts: 522

    Hum, i contacted epox and they want me to show images so i've sent them some.

    They said the most they could do is provide smaller SATA cables

    This is crazy, the AGP 6800GT was already availiable when this mobo was released. And it's common for powerful systems such as this to have a SATA drive.

    This isn't up to standard for ePoX.
     
    Last edited: 1 Mar 2006
  5. muckymick

    Gangster

    Joined: 12 May 2003

    Posts: 328

    Location: Sunny Stoke

    From what i've heard your'e lucky you even got reply off them.Customer support isnt brilliant i believe.
     
  6. PoliticallyCorrect

    Hitman

    Joined: 2 Jul 2005

    Posts: 522

    tell me about it,

    think i'm just gona sell this mobo, had enouph

    thinking of going PCI-E now anyway.

    someone offered me 140 quid for my AGP 6800GT, is this good, or could i get more if i stuck it on various auction websites ?
     
    Last edited: 4 Mar 2006
  7. Webzta

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 19 Dec 2005

    Posts: 1,204

    very good - However i'm not sure if that sort of thing is to be discussed here!

    My experience with epox is the boards can be awesome, but QC seems to be lacking, and customer service is great, but not in the UK.
     
  8. loltim

    Capodecina

    Joined: 21 Oct 2002

    Posts: 14,605

    Location: Wellington, NZ

    Got a pic?
     
  9. muckymick

    Gangster

    Joined: 12 May 2003

    Posts: 328

    Location: Sunny Stoke

    Yeah slenpree you better edit the mention about a certain auction site out,the mods tend to dislike it,can be construed as a competitor to ocuk.
     
  10. VaderDSL

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 15,484

    Location: Manchester

    if you want I can get apic of my epox 9NDA3J with the stupi location for the ATX connectors and SATA connectors if you like?
     
  11. KizZ

    Soldato

    Joined: 18 Aug 2005

    Posts: 5,235

    Location: Lincoln

    If only Epox revised the layout of their motherboards, they would be cracking boards!
     
  12. PoliticallyCorrect

    Hitman

    Joined: 2 Jul 2005

    Posts: 522

    i've taken some images of the problem so u can see

    Without card, you can see the SATA ports.
    [​IMG]

    With card, it's hysterically funny isn't it ?
    [​IMG]
     
  13. Goksly

    Capodecina

    Joined: 5 Mar 2003

    Posts: 10,624

    Location: Nottingham

    thats a big bloody heatsink to be fair...
     
  14. PoliticallyCorrect

    Hitman

    Joined: 2 Jul 2005

    Posts: 522

    well it takes up 2 slots like nearly all do...

    to be fair, epox know the coolers take up 2 slots because they left space below the AGP slot where there would normaly be a another PCI slot, and put 2 SATA ports and a battery here instead.

    i'm thining maybe another cooler would solve this issue, coz i still haven't recieved my one small ended SATA cable from epox yet.

    Looking at the Arctic Cooling NV Silencer 5, any views on the size of this considering where my SATA ports are ?
     
  15. Combat squirrel

    Capodecina

    Joined: 7 Aug 2004

    Posts: 10,436

    IV got this board, and 6800AGP Leadtek card, I solved it by removing the plastic from around the heatsink (which stops air flow anyways !) and now it fits
     
  16. PoliticallyCorrect

    Hitman

    Joined: 2 Jul 2005

    Posts: 522

    man, your a god!

    thanks so much

    HOWEVER, can anyone point me in some direction for removing the leadtek heatsink area stuff, looks really complecated.
     
  17. Combat squirrel

    Capodecina

    Joined: 7 Aug 2004

    Posts: 10,436

    Yes yes I am, :p however it wouldnt fit with 'normal' sata cables, and will require you to remove 4 of the copper fins, it does 'just' fit with the smaller type
     
  18. pieman109

    Soldato

    Joined: 21 Oct 2002

    Posts: 7,261

    Location: Ealing

    I had the same prob a while back and found that a zalman type cooler works fine, and clears the sata ports. Really stupid design though locating the sata ports so close to the agp slot.
     
  19. Alexrose1uk

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 26 Apr 2004

    Posts: 8,648

    Location: Milton Keynes

    LMAO, you're nicking my points again mate?

    Just list em in the order I gave you :p lol

    Also, if ya want I can see if I can help you with CombatSquirrels heatsink modification, I have some metal clippers etc
     
    Last edited: 5 Mar 2006
  20. PoliticallyCorrect

    Hitman

    Joined: 2 Jul 2005

    Posts: 522

    yeh i do like the look of the zalman

    i still haven't received my wire from epox yet!

    so i'm gona buy that cooler when i have some money,

    does anyone know how quiet the Zalman is ?