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Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H Intel 975X Motherboard Review
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H Intel 975X Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
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   C. Sun  
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Benchmarks: Doom 3, Quake 4

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 200/667) 96.9
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P 200/667) 94.3
ECS 945G-M3 (945G 200/667) 97.6
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI 200/800) 97.3
Foxconn NF4SLI7AA-8EKRS2 (NF4 SLI 200/800) 95.9
ECS C19-A SLI (NF4 SLI XE 200/800) 97.8
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 104.3

Is there any doubt which motherboard is fastest? The Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H is kicking some major butt in this game!

Quake 4

Source: id Software

Quake 4 is the latest shooter from ID and is based on the Doom 3 engine. Tweaked to for more eye candy, Quake 4 promises to be tougher on videocards and systems than its predecessor was. Quake 4 also does not have a 60 fps limiter like Doom 3, with the Ultra setting, graphic textures can surpass the 500MB mark! Each test is run three times and with the third run being recorded.

Quake 4
LQ 640x480 FPS Ranking
ECS 945G-M3 (945G 200/667) 115.4
ECS C19-A SLI (NF4 SLI XE 200/800) 116.4
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 127.3

Wow, the Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H is almost 11 FPS faster than the competition in Quake 4!

experts tip: bios flashes made easy!

for some, flashing the motherboard bios can be one of the most aggravating things in the world. avoiding bios flashes is never a good idea, so foxconn has done its part to make things easier on the end user.

now this next part requires a 1.44mb floppy drive (remember those?) with the current bios image on it (you can find these on www.foxconnchannel.com). At the POST screen insert the floppy diskette into the drive and press ALT + F2. That will decompress the AWDFLASH.EXE executable that's stored in the BIOS and load the flasher into memory. The program will look for the new BIOS image on the floppy drive, if it detects one it will automatically start flashing process. Let the system do its thing (it will take about 10 seconds) and reboot the system when the program says to. Viola, BIOS flashing made simple.

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Intel back in the game!

After years of domination, Intel has been upset both in the processor and chipset fronts. With the Intel 975X chipset though, it looks like chipzilla is starting to claw its way back to the core-logic peak. While its processor are still outmatched by AMD's Athlon64, Intel's chipsets are retaking the performance lead away from nVIDIA... somewhat.

To take on nVIDIA SLI and allow users to run two videocards in tandem, Intel has adopted ATi's CrossFire technology. The Intel 975X chipset is still missing DDR2-800 memory support, but as the benchmarks have indicated that's not a big issue.

The Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H is a very fine motherboard which is absolutely filled with useful onboard features. The highlights in our book are the additional Serial ATA II RAID controller with eSATA port, dual Gigabit NICs and 400Mbps IEEE 1394a Fireware connections for external devices.

The performance of the Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H motherboard was quite good in SYSMark2004, 3DMark05 and Doom 3. It is one of the fastest Intel-based motherboards that PCSTATS has tested to date, and you'll find no major complaints from on us component layout or anything else for that matter. With a retail price of $274 CDN ($241 US, £134 GBP), the Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 is pricey as motherboards go, but in line with what a similarly equipped Intel 975X-based motherboards will set you back. From what the benchmarks have shown us, the Intel 975X chipset once again lends credence to the argument that Intel processors function best on Intel chipsets. That'll do Foxconn, that'll do. ;-)

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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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