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Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Foxconn Z68A-S review

1. Features, specs

Today we will take a look to Foxconn's Z68A-S motherboard, designed for "advanced gamers and overclocking fans," according to the company. The motherboard is based on the Intel Z68 chipset and supports the Intel 2nd generation Sandy Bridge processors.

As we have previously described in previous reviews of Z68 motherboards, Foxconn's implementation supports all these great features of Intel's latest chipset, such as the support for both built-in and discrete graphics using the Lucid Virtu GPU Virtualization technology, Intel Smart Response Technology and Intel Turbo Boost technology.

Lucid Virtu GPU Virtualization--- dynamic switching between built-in processor graphics and high-end 3D performance discrete graphics cards
Dynamically switch between onboard and discrete graphics with Lucid Virtu GPU Virtualization. Virtu analyzes your system usage and automatically switches to your discrete graphics card when playing 3D games and then back to onboard graphics for less demanding 2D applications. Simply put, discrete graphics power when you need it and power savings when you don’t.

Intel Smart Response Technology--- enabling SSD like performance with HDD capacity
The solid-state drive (SSD) cache helps to speed up your system by copying your most commonly used applications to an SSD cache for quicker access and load times. The SSD cache tech combines the benefits of SSD speed and traditional hard drive storage capacity while also reducing energy consumption. 

CPU TURBO boost and K series CPU --- Unlock the multiplier
The latest "K" series of CPUs are specifically designed for the enthusiasts who wish to get the most from their systems and not be bound by a motherboard that can't reach a high BCLK. The K Series CPUs feature an unlocked multiplier allowing users to overclock safely regardless of motherboard limitations. Intel Turbo Boost Technology will automatically allow processor cores to run faster than the base operating frequency if it's operating below power, current, and temperature specification limits.

100% Japanese solid capacitors -Ultra reliability
With an average lifespan of 50,000 hours, these solid capacitors provide the stability, reliability and longevity essential to meet the power needs of high-end processors and other components running today's most demanding applications and games.

- Full Specifications

Processor Intel Sandybridge processors, Socket LGA1155;
Chipset Intel Z68
Memory

·Supports 4x 240-pin DIMM of DDR3 SDRAM
-Black/yellow
·Supports 32GB memory size.
·Supports DDR3 2133(oc) / 1866(oc) / 1600(oc) / 1333 / 1066 memory architecture

VGA on Die
Expansion Slots

·1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots. (1x16)---Yellow
·2 x PCI Express x1 slot.--Black
·3 x PCI slot-Black

IDE N/A
Serial ATA(SATA)/RAID

RAID 0, 1, 0, 1.5; Intel® Matrix storage technology

·SATAII controller integrated
  - Up to 300MB/sec transfer speed.
  - Support 3 internal SATAII devices. --> Black
·SATA3 controller integrated
  - Up to 600MB/sec transfer speed.
  - Support 2 internal SATA3 devices. --> Yellow
·1x E-SATAII ports

Audio

·Audio chip
  - Support 8 channel audio (colay 6 channel)
  - Compliant with HDA interface.

LAN Gigabit Lan
IEEE1394 N/A
Back Panel I/O Ports 1 x PS/2 keyboard port
1 x VGA port
1 x DVI port
1 x S/PDIF out Optical port
1 x eSATAII port
Internal I/O Connectors 1 x ATX 24-Pin power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 x 4-pin CPU FAN connectors
2 x 4-pin System FAN connector
1 x Front panel header
1 x Front Audio Header
1 x COM header
1 x TPM header
4 x USB 2.0 connectors support additional 8 ports
3 x Serial ATAII connectors
2 x Serial ATAIII connectors
1 x Intruder Alarm headers
1 x S/PDIF out header
1 x CLR_CMOS header
1 x CD-IN header
1 x Speaker header
BIOS Features 32Mb flash EEPROM w/ LAN boot PnP, ACPI, WfM, DMI 2.0
Standards/Manageability USB3.0, DMI 2.0
Form Factor ATX form factor 12.0 inch x 8.8 inch




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