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Foxconn WinFast 761GXK8MC-S Motherboard Review
Foxconn WinFast 761GXK8MC-S Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
The Foxconn WinFast 761GXK8MC-S motherboard we're testing out in the course of this review is based upon a new chipset from SiS which has a couple media-friendly assets.
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External Mfg. Website: Foxconn Nov 09 2005   C. Sun  
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Benchmarks: Doom 3, Conclusions

Doom 3

Source: id Software

Doom 3 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
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890 200/400) 125.7
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400 Onboard Video) 14.2
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480 200/400 7800GTX) 110.4
ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 (Uli M1695 200/400) 119.5
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 124.7
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI 200/400) 126.9
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 124.4
Epox 9NPA+ SLI (NF4 SLI 200/400) 124.3
Foxconn WinFast 6150K8MA-8EKRS (GF6150 200/400 Onboard Video) 21.1
Foxconn WinFast 6150K8MA-8EKRS (GF6150 200/400 GeForce 7800GTX) 123.3
Foxconn WinFast 761GXK8MC-S (SiS761GX 200/400 Onboard Video) 0
Foxconn WinFast 761GXK8MC-S (SiS761GX 200/400 7800GTX) 103.2

As in the UT2004 benchmarks, the Foxconn WinFast 761GXK8MC-S's onboard video fails to complete the Doom 3 time demo run. There is still plenty of power in this small Foxconn package with a PCI Express videocard installed.

experts tip: cpu stuck to the heatsink upon removal?
pulling a processor out of the socket by its pins because the heatsink is firmly stuck on is not as uncommon as you might think. when removing a processor heatsink, it is always a good idea to pull up with a slight twisting action. rectangular heatsinks have a little bit of wiggle room in the heatsink retention frame, and do so breaks the thermal paste bond between the heatsink and cpu. as soon as that loosens, the heatsink can be removed without yanking out the processor too. doing so can damage the processor if it comes free of the socket at an angle and pins get bent.
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On a budget, Integrated Graphics can Help

Performance of the Foxconn WinFast 761GXK8MC-S was pretty good overall, in office applications the board managed to keep up with much faster systems even though it was using a slower CPU. Things are quite different when it comes to gaming, since the integrated SIS Mirage 1 videocard is only DirectX 7 compatible. Gamers will definitely have to get something else. Once you find the perfect gaming card, upgrading is a snap thanks to the PCI Express x16 slot.

Unfortunately reputations are a difficult thing to get rid of and SiS's is not the best. Gone are the days of buggy/low performing chipsets, SiS can compete with the best on the market. Its 761GX chipset is a fine example of SiS engineering, and it is just as advanced as anything else on the market. Despite the handicap of using a Socket 754 Athlon64 3200+, the Foxconn 761GXK8MC-S which is based on the SiS 761GX performs on the whole quite well.

In workstation applications, the Foxconn WinFast 761GXK8MC-S is a bit slower than its dual channel DDR socket 939 based systems. Considering the price difference between the fastest and slowest systems though, the Foxconn WinFast 761GXK8MC-S certainly has a better bang for the buck ratio that makes it a useful option for general computer tasks. Gaming performance with a stand alone videocard is comparable to existing K8 chipsets.

Individuals looking to build a basic entry level workstation style PC should find the Foxconn WinFast 761GXK8MC-S an affordable solution. It's not the fastest board on the block, and we would highly suggest that its onboard graphics are forgone for an actual PCI Express videocard if the user has any desire to play games. Office applications, internet, and general PC tasks were handled by this microATX motherboard without any problems.

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Contents of Article: Foxconn WinFast 761GXK8MC-S
 Pg 1.  Foxconn WinFast 761GXK8MC-S Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  The SiS 761GX Chipset
 Pg 3.  Options and Controls in the BIOS
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: SYSMark 2004
 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, Conclusions

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