AMD's AM2 socket has become very popular, especially after the recent drop in price for all AMD Athlon X2 processors. Foxconn, a well known motherboard manufacturer, had already made quite a good impression with their 975X model for Intel CPUs, and was now making another proposal for enthusiast users, the C51XEM2AA motherboard, for the AM2 socket.
In this review, apart from looking at the Foxconn motherboard, we will also be comparing it with the ASUS W2N32WS Pro, another popular motherboard for this category.
- Foxconn C51XEM2AA-8EKRS2H
The Foxconn C51XEM2AA is based on Nvidia's nForce 590 SLI chipset, which supports extreme overclocking and of course, SLI mode. The board supports AMD socket AM2 dual-core Athlon 64 FX/Athlon 64 X2 and single-core Athlon 64/Sempron processors with 2MB/1MB/512KB L2 cache, which are based on 64-bit architecture. It features 2000/1600 MT/s HyperTransport Bus, dual-channel un-buffered DDR2 800 memory support and AMD Cool 'n' Quiet! Technology.
Engineered for Enthusiasts
NVIDIA nForce® 590 SLITM media and communication processors (MCPs) deliver
the tools and performance enthusiasts demand. When combined with select NVIDIA
GeForce graphics cards and other system components, you get automatic access
to faster bus speeds. Ready for system overclocking and greater data throughput.
NVIDIA LinkBoost Technology
NVIDIA nForce 590 MCP automatically increases bandwidth when selected NVIDIA
GeForce® graphics cards are detected.
NVIDIA® SLI-Ready components
Look for other components including memory modules that are optimized for use
with NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP motherboards for maximum performance. These
components automatically run at faster bus speeds and are ready for overclocking.
Designed for NVIDIA® SLI Technology
NVIDIA SLI Technology is a revolutionary platform innovation that allows users to
intelligently scale graphics performance by combining multiple NVIDIA graphics
solutions in a single system with an NVIDIA nForce SLI MCP.
2x16 PCI-E SLI Support
Two full-bandwidth, 16-lane PCI Express links ensure maximum graphics performance
for next-generation GPUs and games. Offers twice the PCI Express bandwidth
of X8 SLI solutions.
NVIDIA MediaShield Storage
Suite of features that safeguards your most important digital media assets; always
reliable, scalable, and accessible. Includes RAID and SATA drive support.
Multiple Disk Setup
Through a simple wizard-based interface, you can effortlessly set up your
drives for better data protection, faster disk access or maximum storage
capacity. MediaShield automatically selects RAID 0, 1, 0+1 or 5
configuration according to your needs. Advanced users can access RAID
The event of a disk failure, MediaShield users see an image that
highlights which disk has failed to make it easier to identify, replace, and
MediaShield allows users to change their current RAID set-up to another
configuration in a one-step process called morphing. This eliminates the
need to back up data and follow multiple steps in the process.
Bootable Multidisk Array
MediaShield storage fully supports the use of multi-disk array for loading
the operating system at power-up.
Six SATA 3Gb/s Drives
Combine up to 6 SATA drives into one volume for bigger, faster RAID.
More drives mean more configuration options such as 6 RAID 0 (striped)
drives for maximum throughput, or Dual RAID 5 arrays. Take advantage of
the latest SATA-2, 3Gb/s hard disk drives with full support for native and
tagged command queuing and hot plug. Native command queuing
provides higher disk performance in a multi-threaded environment by
performing out-of-order disk accesses.
Networking with NVIDIA nForce
NVIDIA networking delivers the highest network throughput at the lowest CPU
utilization. The manageable and stable NVIDIA networking solution results in
better networking management and a lower total cost of ownership. Only
NVIDIA integrates this level of networking features to allow you to take your
online experience to the next level.
NVIDIA Native Gigabit Ethernet
The industry’s fastest Gigabit Ethernet performance eliminates network
bottlenecks and improves overall system efficiency and performance.
NVIDIA FirstPacket™ technology
Be the ‘King of Ping’ with NVIDIA FirstPacket technology. Get the crystal-clear phone conversations and online gaming performance you expect.
NVIDIA FirstPacket technology assures your game data, VoIP
conversations, and large file transfers are delivered according to
preferences set by you in an intuitive wizard.
NVIDIA DualNet® technology
Get Double-Barrel Gigabit Ethernet with two integrated networking
connections on your NVIDIA nForce 500 series MCP.
Dual Gigabit Ethernet with Teaming
Teaming allows the two connection to work together to provide up to
twice the Ethernet bandwidth for transferring large amounts of data
from home file servers to other PCs. It also provides network
redundancy through fail-over capability.
Delivers the highest system performance by offloading CPU intensive
packet filtering tasks in hardware, providing users with a
PC networking environment that is faster.
NVIDIA nTune™ 4.0 Utility
Now with access to more settings from this Windows-based utility. NVIDIA
nTune performance manager allows automatic tuning for optimal
performance and the ability to customize. Once configured, nTune
automatically chooses the right system settings for the application that is
being run based on your saved profiles and personal rules.
High Definition Audio (HDA)
High definition audio brings consumer electronics quality sound to the PC
delivering high quality sound from multiple channels. Using HDA, systems
can deliver 192 kHz/32-bit quality for eight channels, supporting new audio
A standard plug-and-play interface that provides easy-to-use connectivity for
- Full specifications
||AMD Sempron™, Athlon™ 64, Athlon™ 64x2, Athlon™ 64FX processors,
||NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI
|Front Side Bus:
||2000 MT/s HyperTransport™
||Dual channel DDR2 800 / 667 / 533 x 4 DIMMs, Max 8GB
|VGA on Die:
||2 x PCIe x16, 1 x PCIe x4, 1 x PCIe x1, 2 x PCI
||ATA133 x 1
||Serial ATA II x 6 with RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5, JBOD
||7.1+2 channel, Realtek ALC882D (HDA)
||Marvell 88E1121 Dual 10/100/1000 Base T Ethernet PHY
||1394a x 2 (TSB82AA2B), 1394b x 1 (TSB81BA3)
|Back Panel I/O Ports:
||1 x PS/2 keyboard
1 x PS/2 mouse
1 x 1394a
1 x 1394b
6 x USB 2.0
2 x RJ45
1 set 7.1 channel Audio jacks (5 jacks + 1 S/PDIF output)
|Internal I/O Connectors:
||2 x USB 2.0 headers, support 4 ports
1 x Front audio header
1 x COM
1 x Speaker
1 x Front panel
1 x Buzzer
1 x 1394a
||LPC-4Mb, ACPI 2.0b, APM 1.2, PnP 1.0a, SMBIOS 2.3, USB 2.0, WfM 2.0
||NVIDIA nForce Driver, DirectX, Audio Driver, Adobe Reader, Norton Internet Security, Manual & Raid Manual, NVIDIA nTune, Foxconn LiveUpdate
||USB 2.0, WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, LPC 1.1 Interface
||NVIDIA®LinkBoost™ technology, SLI™-Ready, MediaShield storage™ technology, HDA, NVIDIA nTune, NCQ, AMD® Cool “n” Quiet™ technology,Fox LiveUpdate, QuadSLi support
||ATX (12" x 9.6")