2. A Closer Look
3. Test System - Configuration
7. Aquamark - 3DMark01
8. Half Life 2
9. Doom 3
11. Need For Speed - Most Wanted
12. Performance Test v5.0
13. PCMark04 - 05
14. Software CD - Fox LiveUpdate
15. FOX ONE
16. Bios - Page 1
17. Bios - Page 2
The Foxconn 975X7AA is a full specs motherboard with dual PCI-Express, Gigabit LAN, HD-AUDIO, SATA II /IDE RAID, Dual Channel which are only some of the board's long list of features. The board comes in a good retail package that contains almost everything.
The construction of the board is good, while its components comprise the Marvell, Silicon Image and Realtek chipsets, which you'll find on all expensive motherboards. Nothing to complain about other than an indicator led that informs you that the motherboard is powered up and everything is ok would be handy. Most motherboards nowadays include some type of visual indication that the board is operating properly at startup.
As far as overall performance is concerned, it is good. It gained high scores in all our benchmarks and with quite good framerates in our games benchmarks. In our typical comparison with the ASUS socket 775 flagship, the P5WD2-E Premium, the Foxconn 975X7AA produced similar results which in many cases were identical.
The overclocking capabilities of the Foxconn 975X7AA are very good and there are preset profiles to help inexperienced users. Moreover, don't forget the FOX ONE application which can help you tune your motherboard directly from the OS without requiring restarts of the OS.
The price at the time of this review was US$210 from newegg.com. If we consider that overall performance of the Foxconn motherboard compared to the ASUS, was almost identical, then the Foxconn 975X7AA is a good buy since the ASUS motherboard sells for around US$250.
- Crossfire support
- Good Retail Package
- Good performance
- Monitor utility, from within Windows
- Very good motherboard overclocking capabilities
- No Wireless Lan
- No activity led onboard
Value for money