The capacitors found on the Foxconn motherboard are TEAPO,
Rubycon and KZJ branded. Chipset cooling is serious business now, and the passive heatsinks used on the
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 are huge.
Both Northbridge and Southbridge heatsinks are replaceable should
you go and try your luck. Even though the Northbridge heatsink only uses
two mounting hooks, Foxconn equips the motherboard with four which
means it is compatible with more exotic forms of cooling. During testing both Northbridge and Southbridge heatsinks
got quite warm.
Whether you are using the onboard IDE RAID
controller or running a RAID array on the ICH7R Southbridge, Foxconn has
you covered when installing Windows. These days few manufacturers include driver diskettes
anymore and nothing is more frustrating than having a system install fail because
the OS was not able to find the HDDs. That
is certainly not a problem with the Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 motherboard which has two 3.5" floppies pre-loaded with
the necessary drivers.
Overclocking the Foxconn Motherboard
In the overclocking portion of our
tests, we increased the speed in ~10 MHz intervals, and from the outset
the Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 seemed up to the challenge. At 230 MHz the motherboard started to
give us a few problems and the system would occasionally not POST
or BSOD while loading Windows. Increasing the System Core Voltage (chipset)
an additional 0.15V solved that hiccup.
At 240 MHz
the processor finally had enough on stock voltages and required more before it
would overclock any further. Increasing the CPU voltage 0.15V was the necessary dose. The motherboard was
able to reach the 250 MHz plateau and I was a bit
surprised that the Thermaltake Jungle 512 CPU HSF could handle a
Pentium D running at 4 GHz!
In the end the motherboard max'd out at an overclock of 254 MHz, anything higher
and the system would crash at random. I believe the board actually has more
headroom in it and that it was the processor limiting things. In any case it is
nice to see that the Foxconn motherboard can take some pretty heavy