Review: EPoX eX5 Mini Me

By Jason Cross  |  Print this article Print

Taiwanese motherboard maker EPoX enters the small form factor market with a box based on the Intel 865G chipset. We take a peek under the eX5 Mini Me's hood and see how it rates. Yeah baby!

EPoX is a second-tier motherboard maker with a less visible presence than some of the bigger names like ASUS or MSI. The company has a good reputation for making motherboards that cost less but push the performance envelope, like the nForce2-based EP-8RDA+. Now, as seems to be the case with many motherboard makers, it's getting into the rapidly exploding small form factor market with its first barebones system, the eX5 Mini Me.

That's right, it's called the "Mini Me." As fun as it is to put your pinky to your lips and do your best Doctor Evil impression ("I shall build a small Pentium 4 system, and I shall call him Mini Me…"), it's not likely that this Taiwanese company is making an intentional Austin Powers reference. This, of course, makes the name even funnier.

As they say, "a rose by any other name runs Halo PC just as sweet," and, despite a silly name and a few rough edges, this looks like a fairly respectable barebones SFF system. Let's find out how EPoX fares with its first entry into an established market.

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Jason Cross Jason was a certified computer geek at an early age, playing with his family's Apple II when he was still barely able to write. It didn't take long for him to start playing with the hardware, adding in 80-column cards and additional RAM as his family moved up through Apple II+, IIe, IIgs, and eventually the Macintosh. He was sucked into Intel based side of the PC world by his friend's 8088 (at the time, the height of sophisticated technology), and this kicked off a never-ending string of PC purchases and upgrades.

Through college, where he bounced among several different majors before earning a degree in Asian Studies, Jason started to pull down freelance assignments writing about his favorite hobby—,video and computer games. It was shortly after graduation that he found himself, a thin-blooded Floridian, freezing his face off at Computer Games Magazine in Vermont, where he founded the hardware and technology section and built it up over five years before joining the ranks at ExtremeTech and moving out to beautiful northern California. When not scraping up his hands on the inside of a PC case, you can invariably find Jason knee-deep in a PC game, engrossed in the latest console title, or at the movie theater.


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