Foxconn today officially announced the launch of its first true overclocking motherboard; MARS will be the first in a new product line called Quantum Force, which will be dedicated to overclocking and gaming enthusiasts.
Based on the Intel P35 chipset, MARS has been specially tuned for overclocking performance.
One reason for the great overclocking potential of MARS is the Gladiator BIOS. Specially developed for the Quantum Force product series, it is both user friendly and provides powerful OC options. BIOS features include a voltage multiplier for accessing a much wider range of voltage settings, advanced memory timing configuration and instant overclocking options for novices.
MARS has been designed to make it easier to unleash the power from your PC. An onboard CMOS clear button is positioned on the PCB alongside on/off/reset buttons. BIOS features such as OC Gear (which allows you to store OC profiles) and OC Recover (which automatically recovers to last good setting after a failure), make overclocking more convenient.
The Windows-based AEGIS Panel utility provides a simple interface for monitoring system temperatures, voltages and fan speeds, and setting up warnings if temperatures get too high.
MARS will be available in the channel from late September. Suggested retail price is looking around £125inc VAT.
CPU Support: Skt775 for Intel Core2 Quad, Core2 Extreme, Core2 Duo, Pentium Dual-Core E2xxx, Celeron 4xx, Pentium D, Pentium 4 processors. Supports Intel next generation 45nm Multi-Core CPUs
FSB Support: 1333/1066/800MHz
Memory: Supports 4 x 240-pin DIMM of 1.8 Volt Dual Channel DDRII 1066/800/667, 8Gb max. memory capacity
Expansion: 1 PCI Express x16 slot & 1 PCI Express x4 slot with CrossFire support PCI Express x1 slots PCI bus slots
Connectivity 1 eSATA, 6 SATAII, 2 IEEE1394a, 12 USB2.0, 1 ATA
RAID: RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10 with Intel Matrix Storage Technology and Intel Rapid Recover technology
Audio: 7.1channel HD Audio
Networking: Gigabit LAN
BIOS & Special Features: Gladiator BIOS with OC Gear, OC Recover, Cool Fan controlOnboard CMOS & On/Off/Reset buttonsAEGIS PanelCool Pipe (heatpipe solution)100% SOLID Capacitor designEasyPin
Accessories: User manualEZ Set-up GuideQuantum Force product registration cardQuantum Force free gifts6* SATA cables + power cables1* FDD + IDE cable1* 2 x USB + 1x 1394A bracket1* FAN (optional for North Bridge)Utility CD including Symantec Anti-VirusRAID Floppy Disk