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Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H 975X Express Motherboard Review

Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H 975X Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: From what you're about to see of this Intel 975X Express based Foxconn motherboard running with an Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 processor, this bright red platform could be the makings of one very nice workstation computer!
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External Mfg. Website: Foxconn Oct 25 2006   Max Page  
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Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H Motherboard Highlights


The bottom right hand corner of the Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H motherboard is kind of crowded. Located here is the additional IDE connector, a pair of green USB headers, four blue Serial ATA channels and a yellow IEEE 1394 header in close proximity. The Intel ICH7R Southbridge does generate a fair amount of heat, but that is taken care of by the small low profile black passive heatsink.


There is plenty of space for expansion on the Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H motherboard. If you only plan on using a single PCI Express x16 videocard, it must be inserted into the primary slot which is coloured green. If ATI's dual CrossFire videocards are enabled, it's important to connect up that one additional 4-pin molex power plug just above the first PCI Express x1 slot.


The primary IDE channel, floppy and 24 pin ATX power connectors are placed to the right of the four 240-pin DDR-2 memory DIMM slots - the perfect position. Populate the DIMM slots of the same colour first for dual channel memory. ECC or non-ECC DDR-2 800/667/533 RAM can be used with the Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H motherboard.


The naked LGA775 processor socket exposed... but don't touch. The large active heatsink is enough to cool the Intel 975X Express chipset. The chipset fan has RPM monitoring, and the CPU processor fan is PWM compliant. Note the 8-pin EPS12V power connector just to the right of the CPU socket.


There is enough space on the Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H motherboard to install two dual-slot PCI Express videocards and still have room for at least one PCI Express x1 device and one PCI card.

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Contents of Article: Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H 975X
 Pg 1.  Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H 975X Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Accessories in the Box - Good Stuff?
 Pg 3.  Intel's 975X Express Chipset
 Pg 4.  — Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 5.  Foxconn 975X Overclocking
 Pg 6.  Test System Specs / Sysmark 2004
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: SuperPi, PCMark05
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: 3DMark06, FarCry
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 12.  Desktop or workstation, take your pick...

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