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Foxconn WinFast NF4SK8AA-8KRS Motherboard Review

Foxconn WinFast NF4SK8AA-8KRS Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The WinFast NF4SK8AA-8KRS is a no-frills AMD Athlon64 socket 939, nVidia nForce4 SLI chipset based motherboard.
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External Mfg. Website: Foxconn Channel Jul 27 2005   Colin Sun  
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Budget Delight!

Foxconn, primarily an OEM supplier for the majority of its existence, has recently jumped into the retail market with a whole bunch of entry-level products. Do not let that fool you though, because since AMD integrated the memory controller into their processors, performance between platforms is virtually identical meaning entry-level boards should perform as fast as high end models!

With a retail price of $150 CDN ($125 US), the Foxconn WinFast NF4SK8AA-8KRS is one of the most affordable nVidia nForce4 SLI-based motherboards on the market, and it still packs quite a punch. The motherboard does not come with a lot of features, just Gigabit LAN and 7.1 channel audio, but it does come with decent expansion options and a good board layout.

The lack of USB brackets is disappointing however. The NF4 SLI chipset supports ten USB ports by default, but only four are available here. With the high number of external peripherals on the market, four USB ports is definitely not enough. The NF4SK8AA-8KRS was not good at overclocking, but with such a low price that can be forgiven of this mainstream board.

The Foxconn WinFast NF4SK8AA-8KRS performed very well in the benchmark suite and is definitely worth the money. In fact the motherboard easily kept up with the high end DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR and MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI boards in almost every test, and both boards are substantially more expensive! In fact the Foxconn motherboard is priced aggressively against many of the NF4 Ultra motherboards we've tested recently.

If you've been itching to upgrade your current system to Athlon64 and SLI but don't want to mortgage the house, the Foxconn WinFast NF4SK8AA-8KRS is a great alternative, just be sure to pick up an extra USB hub at the same time...

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Contents of Article: Foxconn Channel NF4SK8AA-8KRS
 Pg 1.  Foxconn WinFast NF4SK8AA-8KRS Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Overclocking the board and BIOS
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: SYSMark2004
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, Comanche 4
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 10.  — Budget Delight!

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