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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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PCSTATS Maximum Motherboard Overclocking Chart & Conclusions

Overclocking is alive and well! PCSTATS has all the details you need to see at a glance to know which board is best. The chart we've compiled below lists the highest overclocked Front Side Bus speeds we were able to achieve while maintaining 100% stability.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportMaximum Intel Motherboard Overclocking Results
Motherboards Max FSB
Foxconn DigitaLife X38A (Intel X38 Express/DDR3)* 555
Asus Maximus Extreme (Intel X38 Express/DDR3)* 545
Asus BLITZ Formula (Intel P35 Express) 535
Foxconn MARS (Intel P35 Express) 535
Asus BLITZ Extreme (Intel P35 Express/DDR3)* 530
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (Intel X38 Express) 525
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 (Intel P35 Express) 515
Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe (Intel P35 Express/DDR3)*


MSI P35 Platinum (Intel P35 Express) 504
Biostar TP35D2-A7 (Intel P35 Express) 483
Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6 (Intel P35 Express) 482
MSI P6N Diamond (nVIDIA nForce 680i SLI) 478
Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus (nVIDIA nForce 650i SLI) 472
ECS PN2 SLI2+ (nVIDIA nForce 680i SLI) 450
MSI P6N SLI Platinum (nVIDIA nForce 650i SLI) 435
Abit AB9 Pro (Intel P965 Express) 420
Asus P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP (Intel P965 Express) 420
ECS NF650iSLIT-A (nVIDIA nForce 650i SLI) 412
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (nVIDIA nForce 590i SLI) 410
Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 (Intel P965 Express) 406
Asus P5B-E (Intel P965 Express) 406
Asus P5W64 WS Professional (Intel 975X Express) 400
Abit AW9D-MAX (Intel 975X Express) 385
MSI P965 Platinum (Intel P965 Express) 375
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (Intel 975X Express) 368
MSI 975X Platinum (Intel 975X Express) 360
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (Intel P965 Express) 352
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (Intel P965 Express) 352
ECS PN1 SLI2 (nVIDIA nForce 590i SLI) 350
Epox EP-5P945 Pro (Intel 945 Express) 350
Biostar Tforce P965 Deluxe (Intel P965 Express) 341
Biostar P4M890-M7 (VIA P4M890) 336
Foxconn G9657MA-8KS2H (Intel G965 Express) 333
Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 (Intel 945PL Express) 255
Typical Test System Specifications: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (2.4 GHz) or E6750 (2.67 GHz), 2GB Corsair Twin2X2048-8888C4DF DDR2 Memory, MSI NX7800GTX-T2D256E. Please see individual reviews for more specific test details. * - Tested with Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (2.67 GHz) and 2GB Corsair Twin3X2048-1800C7D DDR3 memory.
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

There the Foxconn DigitaLife X38A motherboard is, at the top of our overclocking charts! It's got a heck of a lot of overclocking potential in it!.

Take your pick - DDR2 or DDR3!

Just when we're starting to get comfortable with the DDR2 memory standard, Intel shifts to DDR3. Blame quad core processors and the bandwidth crunch they'd be running into with the current technology for this one.

Most socket 775 motherboards on the market make you choose between the DDR2 and newer DDR3 memory standard. It's one or the other, but given the price difference many users have said 'hell no!' to DDR3 and stuck with DDR2 instead.

In essence, that is why the Foxconn Digitalife X38A motherboard exists. This motherboard brings the performance advantage of the Intel X38 chipset, and splits the memory options between DDR2 and DDR3 to accommodate users who are rightfully unhappy with forking over $500 for new memory.

What we have here is a high end Intel X38 Express motherboard that supports both memory formats. It allows you to take advantage of low priced DDR2 memory with this popular chipset, and upgrade to DDR3 as prices fall in the coming months. To top things off, the Foxconn DigitaLife X38A motherboard is a versatile Intel X38 Express platform; it has a ton of USB 2.0 slots, accomodates dual videocard Crossfire setups, IEEE 1394a and eSATA. The Foxconn X38A retails for about $233 CDN ($230 USD, £112 GBP), so it's quite affordable compared to other Intel X38 Express motherboards.

Since the Foxconn DigitaLife X38A supports both DDR2 and DDR3 memory, PCSTATS tested the motherboard with both standards. As you saw in the benchmarks, we got some "interesting" results. If you're using a dual core processor stick with DDR2 memory. Not only is it cheaper, it also offers higher performance than DDR3 in virtually every test we threw the X38A's way. These results will differ if a quad-core processor is in the drivers seat. When it comes to overclocking the Foxconn DigitaLife X38A motherboard really shines. PCSTATS was able to overclock this board to an astronomical 555 MHz FSB! It's the fastest Intel motherboard that PCSTATS has tested to date, and man that's pretty amazing considering the competition on the market. Foxconn is the real deal if you're into overclocking!

Intel's X48 Express is right around the corner, but it's really only a supped up X38 Express. In any case if you want an awesome motherboard, Foxconn delivers with the DigitaLife X38A!

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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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