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Foxconn DigitaLife X38A Intel X38 Express Motherboard Review
Foxconn DigitaLife X38A Intel X38 Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
In this review PCSTATS is testing out Foxconn's DigitaLife X38A motherboard, an Intel X38 Express and Intel ICH9R platform that supports both DDR2 and DDR3 memory formats.
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External Mfg. Website: Foxconn Jan 15 2008   C. Sun  
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Overclocking with Foxconn

Overclocking Results:
stock max. oc
motherboard speed: 333 mhz

555 mhz

if you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard

Foxconn have done an excellent job increasing the overclocking potential in its motherboards. Team that potential up with a chipset like the Intel X38 Express and you've got yourself a very exciting combination. The DigitaLife X38A is equipped with an Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 processor and a 2GB set of Corsair's DOMINATOR Twin3X2048-1800C7D memory. As usual the CPU's clock multiplier was set to 6x and the memory to run at DDR3-1066 MHz mode.

Starting at 333 MHz FSB the motherboard clock speed was increased in small 5 MHz increments. Without much difficulty the Foxconn DigitaLife X38A passed the 400 MHz mark. At 430 MHz the NB voltage needed a slight bump, to 0.2V above stock. That stabilized the motherboard and allowed it to go higher.

At 485 MHz the motherboard again started to show signs of instability, this time the voltage had to be increased 0.3V above stock. That allowed the Digitalife X38A motherboard to pass the 500 MHz barrier! Here's yet another awesome overclocking Intel X38 Express motherboard!

The Foxconn DigitaLife X38A motherboard overclocked to an amazing 555 MHz FSB and that is the highest we've ever pushed a motherboard! MSI, Asus and Gigabyte better watch out... Foxconn is taking names and kicking things up a notch!

The Foxconn BIOS:

Foxconn gives you quite a few memory timing options, if you're good at tweaking you're definitely going to be spending some time in the Memory Timing Config menu.

You can adjust the FSB from 333-800 MHz in 1 MHz increments and here you can also adjust the CPU clock multiplier. The other settings like PCI Express and PCI frequency should not be changed.

Here in the All Voltage Control section are the memory options. You can increase the CPU voltage 0.3875V above stock, memory 1.491V, NB voltage 0.380V, SB 0.424V and FSB 0.560V above stock. That's a lot of voltage (especially the CPU and memory) so use caution when increasing the values. The last thing you want is to fry your shiny new CPU or memory!

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the Foxconn DigitaLife X38A motherboard test system was configured for benchmarking, including the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions are indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this Intel X38 Express based system is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
test system reference system #1
processor: intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (775)
Clock Speed: 8 x 333 = 2.66 GHz 9 x 266 MHz = 2.4 GHz
Motherboard: Foxconn DigitaLife X38A (X38 Express)

Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 Express)
Asus Maximus Extreme (X38 Express)
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 Express)
Foxconn MARS (P35 Express)
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i)
Biostar TF7150V-M7 (GF 7150)

Videocard: MSI NX8800GTS-T2D320E
Memory: Corsair DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-1800C7D (DDR3)
Corsair DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-8888C4DF (DDR2)

Corsair DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-8888C4DF (DDR2)

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Intel E6750 Reference
Software Setup:

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
Intel INF 8.30.1013
nVIDIA Forceware 163.75


SYSMark 2007
SiSoft Sandra XII
Super Pi Mod 1.5
PCMark Vantage
Quake 4

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Contents of Article: Foxconn DigitaLife X38A
 Pg 1.  Foxconn DigitaLife X38A Intel X38 Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Intel X38 Express - Performance Tuned
 Pg 3.  Motherboard Highlights Photo Gallery
 Pg 4.  — Overclocking with Foxconn
 Pg 5.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SYSmark 2007 Preview
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark06, Quake 4, FEAR
 Pg 9.  PCSTATS Maximum Motherboard Overclocking Chart & Conclusions

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