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Foxconn WinFast NF4SK8AA-8KRS Motherboard Review

Foxconn WinFast NF4SK8AA-8KRS Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The WinFast NF4SK8AA-8KRS is a no-frills AMD Athlon64 socket 939, nVidia nForce4 SLI chipset based motherboard.
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External Mfg. Website: Foxconn Channel Jul 27 2005   Colin Sun  
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Overclocking the board and BIOS

Overclocking Results:
HTT Multiplier: 5x 5x
Motherboard Speed: 200 MHz

224 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

The Foxconn NF4SK8AA-8KRS is definitely not an enthusiast's board, but we have had quite a bit of luck overclocking nVidia nForce4 SLI motherboards in the past, and we were hoping that this trend would continue.

Before I began the overclocking tests, I dropped the memory divider from 1:1 to 5:4 (166 MHz mode), so the memory would not max out before the motherboard did. I would have lowered the CPU multiplier too, but that option is not available in the current Foxconn NF4SK8AA-8KRS BIOS.

Starting at 200 MHz, I raised the motherboard clock speed in 5 MHz intervals.... but it did not get very far before running into problems. The system began to BSOD while booting into Windows at 215 MHz. Lowering the HTT multiplier to 4x seemed to solve this issue. Continuing onward, I was able to get the motherboard all the way to 224 MHz before things flattened out. Anything higher than 224MHz caused the NF4SK8AA-8KRS to simply stop POSTing. I guess this result shouldn't be surprising since Foxconn is not targeting overclocking enthusiasts with its NF4SK8AA-8KRS motherboard.

Looking at the NF4SK8AA-8KRS BIOS:

I was a bit surprised to see the lack of memory timing adjustments here in the DRAM configuration settings. Mainstream users should have nothing to worry about, as these are things enthusiast tweakers are always on the lookout for.

The Foxconn WinFast NF4SK8AA-8KRS is not an overclocker's motherboard. Motherboard frequency can be adjusted between 200 and 300 MHz in 1 MHz increments and you can also adjust HTT frequency as well as bus width. Maximum CPU voltage goes up 0.14V and memory up to 2.85V. Missing are any CPU multiplier adjustment options, and without these you will not be able to push the motherboard very high.

PCStats Test System Specs:
Processor:

AMD Athlon64 4000+

Clock Speed:

12 x 200 MHz = 2.4 GHz

Motherboards:

ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (ALi M1689)*
Soltek SL-K8TPro-939 (K8T800 Pro)*
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra)*
Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890)**
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra)**
Epox EP-9NPA+ Ultra (NF4 Ultra)**
Foxconn WinFast NF4K8AC-8EKRS (NF4)**
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4 SLI)**
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI (NF4 SLI)**
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI)**
MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum (NF4 Ultra)**
Foxconn NF4SK8AA-8KRS (NF4 SLI)**

Videocard:

Asus X800XT/VTD*
MSI RX800XT-VTD256**

Memory:

2x 512MB Corsair TwinX1024-3200XL Pro

Hard Drive: 40GB Western Digital Special Ed
74GB Western Digital Raptor SATA
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
Heatsink: Stock Athlon64 4000+ Reference Heatsink
PowerSupply: Seasonic Super Tornado 400W
Software Setup

WindowsXP SP2
VIA 4in1 4.56V
Forceware 6.53
Catalyst 5.4

Workstation Benchmarks

SYSMark 2004
Business Winstone 2004
Content Creation 2004
Super Pi
SiSoft Sandra 2004
PCMark04
3DMark2001SE
3DMark05
AquaMark3
Comanche 4
X2: The Threat
UT2003
UT2004
Doom 3

PCstats has upgraded its test platform with a couple of 74GB Western Digital WD740 Raptor hard drives, replacing the trusty 40GB WD IDE HDDs as test drives. Please keep that in mind when viewing the office and disk benchmarks.

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Contents of Article: Foxconn Channel NF4SK8AA-8KRS
 Pg 1.  Foxconn WinFast NF4SK8AA-8KRS Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  — Overclocking the board and BIOS
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: SYSMark2004
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, Comanche 4
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 10.  Budget Delight!

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