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Monday, December 18, 2006
Foxconn Q9657MC Motherboard

1. Introduction

Foxconn on September 6th of 2006 announced the Q9657MC-8KS2H motherboard featuring the revolutionary Intel® vPro™ technology. Whether running a small or large network, Intel® vPro™ technology provides a host of dynamic and integrated management solutions that enable IT professionals to remotely diagnose, monitor, secure, and control a fleet of Q9657MC-8KS2H-based PCs from their management consoles. This capability eliminates time consuming desk-side visits, reduces IT costs, and effectively reclaims lost man-hours via faster IT response and service. Fully compatible with the Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor family, the Q9657MC-8KS2H enhances system responsiveness for multi-tasking business environments and achieves more performance per watt than any other platform available.

In contrast with traditional IT management, Intel® vPro™ technology in the Q9657MC-8KS2H enables authorized IT technicians to update, reboot, repair and obtain vital system information from networked PCs even when they are shut down. This innovation fast-tracks routine IT tasks including hardware and software asset tracking, maintenance, and installation of critical security patches and product updates which would normally take days to accomplish. Intel® vPro™ technology also provides a tough network defense system that protects the PC from security attacks and isolates an infected PC from the rest of the network, ensuring reliable and uninterrupted operation.

The Q9657MC-8KS2H includes the latest version of Intel® Active Management Technology (AMT) - an Intel® vPro™ technology cornerstone - that provides a robust and unified PC management solution. Since all Intel® AMT features are built into the board hardware and firmware, communication channels run outside the OS sphere, giving IT technicians access to essential PC information even when the PC is off. Intel® AMT enables remote communications, power-up, boot, and console redirection that allows IT professionals to repair critical system problems, perform property inventories, and heal infected PCs in the network without leaving their seats.

With system information always available, performing an asset inventory is fast, accurate and convenient as IT administrators can trace all hardware and software resources down-the-line during an audit cycle or even when the OS and management agents are not yet installed. Desktop PCs with Q9657MC-8KS2H are tracked in minutes and readily respond to inventory processes with specific hardware tags, improving asset tracking and speeding end-of-lease inventory-taking.

The Q9657MC-8KS2H with Intel® vPro™ technology streamlines computer diagnosis and repair by speeding up IT response using round-the-clock monitoring, remote problem identification, discrete patch installation, and relevant updates to keep the PC system in top shape.

Fortified defense factor

Addressing data loss and system breakdowns caused by network security assaults, the Q9657MC-8KS2H is armed with a built-in defense system designed to stop threats before they reach the operating system or create further network damage. Intel® vPro™ technology proactively sets checkpoints for viruses, worms, and malware on the network, and automatically isolates an infected PC to prevent widespread infection that could disrupt and halt productive computing. In addition, the Q9657MC-8KS2H supports the Intel® Virtualization Technology that enables the user to run a virtual environment outside the OS, like a virtual security appliance, for value added platform security at no extra cost and without affecting system performance.

The remote management accessibility of the Q9657MC-8KS2H allows the PC to instantly send alerts to IT technicians during a security breach, enabling the latter to immediately dispatch fixes and virus updates on the PC even when productive applications are running in the foreground or when the PC is switched off. With dependable event logging and remote boot capability, Intel® vPro™ technology helps IT technicians identify the cause of the breakdown and allows them to quickly issue notices and fixes to other PCs in the network.

- Foxconn Q9657MC-8KS2H

The Q9657MC-8KS2H, fused with the latest Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor, excels in the most demanding business computing applications. Equipped with a 1066 MHz front side bus, DDR2 800/667/533 MHz system memory, reliable Gigabit network connectivity, and an arsenal of I/O interfaces, the Q9657MC-8KS2H boosts productivity and enhances the user experience. The platform also supports Intel® Quiet System Technology (QST) for automatic system fan-speed control and quiet operation.

Combined with recommended CPU and memory components, the Q9657MC-8KS2H supports the next-generation Windows Vista™ Premium OS and offers multitasking efficiency even when running CPU- and memory-intensive applications like virus scans and multi-party teleconferencing running in the background.

The Q9657MC-8KS2H comes with an Intel® 82566DM gigabit network controller that uses the PCI Express® lane for the fastest possible network connectivity, and 7.1-channel high-fidelity audio that conforms to Intel® High Definition Audio specifications. The Q9657MC-8KS2H supports up to 8MB of system memory, six Serial ATA II devices, ten USB 2.0 ports with USB-locking capability, and PCI Express® and 32-bit PCI slots for convenient system expansion. The Q9657MC-8KS2H’s microATX form factor fits slim and compact desktop chassis that are popular in today’s space-conscious office setups.

- Main features

  • Intel® Core™ 2 Duo/ Intel® Pentium® D/Intel® Pentium® 4/ Intel® Celeron® D processor
  • Chipset: Intel® Q965 + Intel® ICH8-DO
  • Front Side Bus: 1066/800/533 MHz
  • Memory: Dual-channel DDR2 800/667/533 MHz x 4 DIMM, Maximum 8 GB
  • Expansion slots : 1 x PCIe X16, 1 x PCIe X1, 2 x PCI
  • Storage: 6 × SATAII 3 Gbp
  • Audio: 7.1-channel Realtek ALC888 (HDA) codec with Intel® High Definition Audio specifications
  • LAN: Intel® 82566DM gigabit Ethernet
  • USB 2.0: Supports up to 10 USB 2.0 ports; USB locking capability

- Full specifications

Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo, Pentium® D, Pentium® 4, Celeron® D processors , Socket T (LGA775)
Chipset: Intel Q965+ICH8DO
Front Side Bus: 1066 / 800 / 533 MHz (FSB)
Memory: Dual Channel DDR2 800 / 667 / 533 x 4 DIMMs, Max 8GB
VGA on Die: Integrated
Expansion Slots: 1 x PCIe x16, 1 x PCIe x1, 2 x PCI
IDE: -
Serial ATA(SATA)/RAID: Serial ATAII x 6
Audio: 7.1 channel Audio, Realtek ALC888 (HDA)
LAN: GbE LAN, Intel Nineveh 82566DM (PCIe)
IEEE1394: N/A
Back Panel I/O Ports: 1 set 7.1 channel Audio jack (6 jacks)
1 x PS/2keyboard
1 xPS/2mouse
4 x USB 2.0
1 x serial
1 x parallel
1 x RJ45
1 x VGA
Internal I/O Connectors: 3x USB 2.0 headers support 6 ports
1 x Audio header
1 x Buzzer
1 x IrDA header
1 x Front Panel header
1 x AUX-in header
1 x Serial port header
1 x Intrusion Alarm header
1 x SPDIF out
1 x BIOS protect header
1 x RM
1 x Heatsink
1 x TPM header
BIOS Features: ACPI 2.0b, APM 1.2, PnP 1.0a, SMBIOS 2.3, USB 2.0
Support CD: Drivers, DirectX, Adobe Reader, SuperUtilities, Norton Internet Security
Standards/Manageability: PCI 2.3, USB2.0, DMI 2.0
Special Features: BIOS PXE Supports
Form Factor: Micro ATX (9.6"x9.6")




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