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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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Foxconn BIOS, looking good!

In a very short time, the stock Foxconn motherboard BIOS has come a long way. The BIOS on the Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H now contain all the tweaks we'd expect from a high performance motherboard, yet when the company first started out its BIOS' seemed to lack all the tweaks. Overclockers will not be disappointed with what's available to play with here.

The DDR2 memory timing adjustments include all the basics. One important thing to note is that the motherboard only supports a maximum DDR2-667 speed. If you set the memory to run at DDR2-800 speeds, you're overclocking the motherboard.

Foxconn include good overclocking and voltage options in the BIOS. The FSB can be adjusted between 200-600 MHz in 1 MHz increments, while the PCI Express frequency can be increased to 200 MHz. Maximum CPU voltage goes 0.3V above stock, DDR2 voltage to 2.4V and Northbridge/Southbridge voltages to 0.24V above stock.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H motherboard test system was configured for benchmarking, including the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions are indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this Intel 975X based system is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results.

Please note that we did not test the Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H's CrossFire capabilities in the following benchmarks. An ATI CrossFire Master card is necessary to enable this feature with a second ATI graphics card, but unfortunately this necessary component was unavailable at the time of this review.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
Test System Reference System
Processor:

Intel Pentium D 840

Clock Speed:

16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz

Motherboard: Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X)

Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X)
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P)
ECS 945G-M3 (945G)
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI)
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI)
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 (NF4 SLI)
ECS C19-A SLI (NF4 SLI XE)

Videocard: MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E
Memory:

2x 512MB Corsair PC2-8000UL

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Thermaltake Jungle 512
Software Setup:

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
Intel INF 7.22
nVIDIA Forceware 7.22
nVIDIA Forceware 84.21

Benchmarks:

SYSMark 2004
Business Winstone 2004
Content Creation 2004
Super Pi
SiSoft Sandra 2005
PCMark05
3DMark05
3DMark06
UT2004
FarCry
Doom 3

Quake 4

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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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