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Foxconn Creates Digital Home Entertainment Centerpiece with Intel G965-based Platform

FOXCONN is set to bare the LGA775 G9657MA-8EKRS2H motherboard with the innovative Intel G965 Express chipset supporting the fastest Intel Conroe CPUs.

Reinforced with a 1066/800/533 MHz Front Side Bus and loaded with up to 8 GB of DDR2 system memory, the RoHS compliant Micro ATX G9657MA-8EKRS2H delivers an exciting entertainment platform with the clearest quality video, high-fidelity audio, and expansive connectivity that complement today?s digital living room.

With appliance-like features, the G9657MA-8EKRS2H provides intelligent system fan speed control algorithms use operating temperature ranges more efficiently to reduce perceived system noise by minimizing fan speed changes. It provides 8-channel audio that passes the Intel High Definition (HD) Audio specifications for the ultimate in gaming and home theater experience. Optimized for the Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 operating system, the G9657MA-8EKRS2H opens up the gateway to a universe of movies, videos, photos, games, and music.

The G9657MA-8EKRS2H?s onboard Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3000 brings outstanding display support to home entertainment. Intel Clear Video Technology combines video hardware and software innovations to produce high-quality graphics, high-definition video playback, and sharp, correctly colored images. The integrated GMA X3000 lowers the G9657MA-8EKRS2H cost of ownership by providing high-end display output without the need for expensive graphics cards. Featuring support for high-end 3D enhancements, hardware T&L, Microsoft DirectX 9.0c, Shader Model 3.0, OpenGL 1.5, and floating point operations, the G9657MA-8EKRS2H takes virtual realism to a level that is suitable for real-life gaming and immersing entertainment. The G9657MA-8EKRS2H is ready to support the Windows Vista operating system that is scheduled for launch in early 2007.

A Dual-core CPU plus DDR2 memory offer fast data transfer bursts vital for intensive entertainment applications and playback of broadband content. Combined with the intelligent Intel Core 2 Duo processor, the G9657MA-8EKRS2H features the intuitive FOX ONE technology that allows system overclocking while maintaining stable operation and robust control over critical system indicators including CPU temperatures, fan rotations and voltages?all from the convenience of the Windows desktop environment. FOX ONE is a great way to increase or decrease system performance to match the current application. offers unmatched computing performance while keeping power consumption to a minimum.

The G9657MA-8EKRS2H safeguards important digital media assets with ease through clear-cut storage interfaces manned by the Intel ICH8R Southbridge. With support for one IDE slot and up to four internal and one external SATA II 3 Gb/s port, G9657MA-8EKRS2H accommodates large media files with high storage bus bandwidth to speed up data read and write processes while efficiently operating on low power. Fully backing the Intel Matrix Storage Technology and Serial ATA II drives with Native Command Queuing, the G9657MA-8EKRS2H promotes effective data performance and rigid data protection by implementing RAID 0, 1, 5, and 0+1 configurations to span across all internally or externally installed SATA II drives.

The Marvell 88E8056 gigabit Ethernet controller offers rapid and dependable connectivity. Running through the PCI Express lane, it offers larger bandwidths and dependable network connections while using less CPU resources for optimized system performance. Gigabit connectivity readies the G9657MA-8EKRS2H for the growing number of high-definition multimedia content-on-demand available on the Internet.

The G9657MA-8EKRS2H is laid out in a compact Micro ATX package, with a liberal amount of expansion slots and I/O interfaces that include one PCI Express x16 slot (for a higher end graphics card), a PCI Express x1 slot, two PCI, up to ten high-speed USB 2.0 ports and two-400 Mbps IEEE 1394a ports (one at mid-board). The G9657MA-8EKRS2H comes with a full suite of FOXCONN?s diagnostics, BIOS recovery, security and online firmware updating technologies including SuperRecovery, SuperBoot, SuperBIOS-Protect, SuperStep, SuperUpdate, Superspeed, Ratio Free, and Q.B.U.

The G9657MA-8EKRS2H is available now in worldwide distribution channels. Suggested Retailer Price: USD $110

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