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Foxconn WinFast NF4K8AC-8EKRS Motherboard Review
Foxconn WinFast NF4K8AC-8EKRS Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Onboard features include a PCI Express x16 and two PCI Express x1 slots, an integrated 7.1 channel audio codec, Gigabit LAN and IEEE 1394a firewire.
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External Mfg. Website: Foxconn Jul 25 2005   C. Sun  
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Foxconn WinFast means business

It was a great move for AMD to integrate the memory controller into the Athlon64 processor as this guaranteed that even the value-end of Athlon64 systems would maintain a high level of performance.

With that in mind, realistically the only thing that differentiates a high and low end motherboard these day are features. If consumers want to use dual videocards, two Gigabit NICs, and half a dozen Serial ATA ports, be prepared to spend the money. On the other hand, if you want a no frills Athlon 64 system, that's also a possibility.

Never let the fact that Foxconn is not a well known motherboard brand (yet) hold you back from taking in what we've learned here. The Foxconn Winfast NF4K8AC-8EKRS handled the benchmarks well, and is pretty much able to keep up with the best of the reference boards, except that its price is just $115 CDN ($95 USD)! If you're looking to build a budget or entry level system, this is certainly a motherboard to keep it in mind.

Given the tight pricing here, it's not surprising that the Foxconn NF4K8AC-8EKRS does not come with a lot of goodies... but the basics like 7.1 audio, Gigabit LAN and IEEE 1394a are at least covered. If there is a feature that's missing, there are four PCI slots and two PCI Express x1 slots for future expansion.

The WinFast NF4K8AC-8EKRS motherboard is not particularly user friendly, so if it is your first system build, you might want to have a friend look over everything before powering it on. The board layout of the NF4K8AC-8EKRS is good but there are a few quirks. While I don't like the location of the floppy drive connector, that is nothing to cry about, what I didn't understand though was the location of the auxiliary power connector!? The only thing I will say about that is, it is in the worst possible location.


The NF4K8AC-8EKRS performed well in the benchmark suite and it's nice to see that a value-oriented motherboard can keep up with the best boards on the market. Boards like the DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR or MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI are easily twice as expensive, yet the NF4K8AC-8EKRS performed almost at par at stock speeds.

If you're on a tight budget and want something that will perform well, the Foxconn WinFast NF4K8AC-8EKRS will not disappoint!

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Contents of Article: Foxconn NF4K8AC-8EKRS
 Pg 1.  Foxconn WinFast NF4K8AC-8EKRS 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.  — Foxconn WinFast means business

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