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Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 Motherboard Review
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
The Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 supports 533/800/1066 MHz FSB Pentium 4/D and Extreme Edition processors and can be equipped with up to 4GB of non ECC DDR2-667 memory.
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External Mfg. Website: Foxconn Sep 12 2005   C. Sun  
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Benchmarks: Doom 3 and Conclusions...

Doom 3

Source: id Software

Doom 3 is the most advanced game to date. it takes advantage of the latest videocard technology and pushes the processing power of the CPU to its absolute limit. At its highest setting, Ultra quality, texture sizes pass the 500MB mark which means even tomorrow's videocards will have a hard time running everything. The frame rates in the game itself are locked at 60 fps so anything above that point is wasted. Each test is run three times with the third run being recorded.

LQ 640x480: FPS Ranking
Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X 200/533) 96.9
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/667) 97.3
Epox 5NVA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/667) 96.2
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/533) 94.3

All systems perform within 3 fps of each other, and it's nice to see that performance is good no matter what board/chipset you choose.

A decent budget board for sure!

Workstations and servers benefit from multiple processors, so turning towards dual core CPUs in the future was the next logical choice. Those of you looking to upgrade to Intel's latest and greatest will most likely need a new motherboard, and the Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 is an excellent option. Despite the lower official model number, the 945P is no slouch in terms of performance and the board supports all Socket 775 Pentium 4/D/XE processors.

The board comes with a whole load of onboard features such as dual Gigabit NICs, an IDE/RAID controller, IEEE 1394 and Intel’s Azalia audio controller. Three 32 bit PCI slots as well as two PCI Express x1 slots and a PCI Express x16 slot also open up a wide number of expansion possibilities.

The overall layout of the motherboard is good and I found it quite easy to work with. About the only thing I have to complain about is the fact that Foxconn did not label the front panel I/O header and that it uses a PCI Gigabit controller for the second network card. Dual PCI Express NICs would have been more ideal.

In terms of performance the Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 was pretty good. Sure it came in last in many of the benchmarks but the difference between boards is often less than 1%. Those of you who like to overclock will be pleased to hear that I was able to take the board to 254 MHz FSB and the Pentium D 840 retail test sample past the 4 GHz mark!

With a retail price of $131 CDN ($111 US), the Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 is an absolute steal. Dual core compatibility goodness, lots of integrated features and excellent performance/overclocking, what more could you ask for from a motherboard?

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Contents of Article: Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2
 Pg 1.  Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Details on the motherboard
 Pg 3.  Inside the Foxconn BIOS
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: SYSmark2004
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, PCMark05
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, 3DMark05
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: UT2003, UT2004
 Pg 11.  — Benchmarks: Doom 3 and Conclusions...

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