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Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H Intel 975X Motherboard Review

Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H Intel 975X Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H motherboard is powered by the Intel 975X and Intel ICH7R. It supports all Socket 775 processors that run on the 533/800/1066 MHz FSB.
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External Mfg. Website: Foxconn May 18 2006   Colin Sun  
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Fox One Technology

Virtually all motherboard manufacturers have their own little tweaking utility, and the appropriate little feature icons plastered all over the box. Foxconn has just released its Fox One technology, and it handles all the monitoring and minor tweaking you'd expect from a flagship motherboard built with enthusiast computer users in mind. Essentially Fox One gives end users the same overclocking controls in Windows that they would find in the BIOS. Although, we did notice that memory timing adjustments are omitted.

This is the first window that pops up when the Fox One software application is loaded. The window displays the system's essential values; covered are CPU clock speeds, FSB and clock multiplier values, CPU voltage/temperature, and heatsink fan rotation speed. There are also voltage values present, and this will give you an idea of whether the power supply is doing a good job or not.

When the CPU control section in the Fox One tool is set to Manual Adjustments, so you can increase the FSB in 1 MHz intervals if a little overclocking is called for. It would be nice if Foxconn gave users an option to input the value they want, since we quite quickly found it tedious to move the speed of the clock up with each click. In other words, if you want to run the FSB at 300 MHz, you'll have to click the increase button 100 times.

The Fox One console also has some dynamic overclocking options, but we generally stick with the manual controls as it gives you a better amount of control over your PC. In the frequency section you'll discover DDR2 and PCI Express speed options as well, but please note that adjusting the DDR2 speed can also increase the FSB.

You can tell Foxconn still has a bit of work to do when its software options allow for voltages higher than that in the BIOS. ;-) I just stopped clicking past 2.5V, no one in their right mind would attempt to send that much current to the processor.

In the last window, we see that the Fox One tool allows you to adjust the speed of the processor fan. Some fans have a hard time running consistently on the slowest speed settings, so perhaps it's best not to take things down quite that low. In the PCSTATS labs we have come across a couple fans which stalled after a couple months of running them at low speeds for the sake of noise - moving back to a full 12V quickly brought the fans back up to normal speed.

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Contents of Article: Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H
 Pg 1.  Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H Intel 975X Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Onboard Features and Devices
 Pg 3.  — Fox One Technology
 Pg 4.  Overclocking Tests with 975X Chipset
 Pg 5.  Foxconn BIOS, looking good!
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: SYSMark2004
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark05
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: 3DMark06, FarCry, X3: Reunion, UT2004
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: Doom 3, Quake 4

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