Wow... I knew that the FIC AU11 would be a
good performer, but I didn't know it would be that
good! As you can clearly see by the benchmarks
we've shown you, the FIC AU11 is not just an extremely fast motherboard, it's also a good
overclocker as well!
FIC will try their hands at catering towards the "extremists". = ) To top things off, with a retail price
of $195 CDN ($115 US) the AU11 is one of the most affordable nForce2 boards out there
at the moment.
As we saw with the MSI K7N2-L and now the FIC AU11, nVIDIA's
nForce2 is clearly the fastest AMD chipset on the market. Stability was not
a problem during testing, the AU11 was 100% rock stable and did not give us any
problems. The AU11 does have a fair number of on board features such as 5.1 audio,
USB2.0, 10/100 LAN and IEEE 1394. If that's not enough for you never fear; with
six PCI slots you shouldn't have any problems expanding the
the most noteable features missing are IDE RAID and Serial ATA. Most other boards in the AU11's
class at least have that as an option, but then again MSI's nforce2 solution also lacked
these aspects. It also would have been nice for FIC to use some thermal paste
between the Northbridge and the nForce2 SPP instead of relying on a thick pink
thermal pad. I guess I don't have much sway with the manufacturers, I always
scream about the AC'97 codec but no one ever seems to listen.....
AU11 Chameleon is a very fast,
and in our testing a very stable motherboard with a load of good features. If you
need more it is expandable as well. It's nice to see FIC include so many
powerful options in the BIOS, it looks like they may be trying to target the
overclocker a bit now as well. If you're looking for a fast nForce2 motherboard,
going to want to take a look at the FIC AU11!
January 2005 Update:
Almost exactly two years after PCstats
initially tested this FIC AU11 Socket A motherboard, we are withdrawing our
"Recommended Product Award" because of concern over faulty low-ESR capacitors bursting. This defect causes total motherboard failure. While the FIC AU11
motherboard proved to have many admirable qualities for its time in the
initial test report and benchmarks, the long-term reliability of this
model has been called into question due to bursting capacitors.
The issue of burst capacitors is a difficult one to
foresee, and not specific to any one manufacturer. The problem can take years to
develop, and may or may not affect all boards of a particular model. In the case
of the FIC AU11, the GSC T2NB (10v 2200microfarad) and half the GSC
T2NC (6.3v 1000microfarad) low-ESR aluminum capacitors failed, due to
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