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Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H: Not For Overclocking

Four 975X Motherboards For Core 2 Duo
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Foxconn's 975X7AB-8EKRS2H.

Foxconn's naming convention allows us to recognize most of the features right from the product's name:

L - 10/100 Mbit LAN


K - Gigabit LAN
6/8 - Audio channels
E - Firewire
S - SATA
2 - DDR2
R - Raid
H - RoHS compliant

Feature Overview

Foxconn does not cater to legacy users; it does not provide the connectors to use even serial ports. The back panel is color-coded and thus facilitates plugging in connectors under your desk. There is an eSATA port in between these connectors, but Foxconn doesn't provide any power supply for external drives.

The 975X7AB comes with the four Serial ATA ports that are offered by the 975X chipset. While this is usually enough, you will have only three SATA ports left after installing two ATI graphics cards, because one of the SATA cables collides with the graphics card. However, Foxconn decided to integrate JMicron's UltraATA/SATA controller, which gives the user one more of each.

Foxconn is the only motherboard manufacturer in this roundup to use smaller and more efficient voltage regulators, which remained impressively cool during our testing.

Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (Rev. 189)
Northbridge Intel 975X (Rev. C0)
Southbridge Intel ICH7R (82801 GB)
Voltage Regulator 4 Phases
BIOS (072106)
Clock Generator ICS9LPRS511EGLF
266.6 MHz (FSB1066) 266.2 MHz (-0.18%)
Connectors and Interfaces
onboard 2x PCIe x16
2x PCIe x1
2x PCI
4x USB 2.0
1x Firewire
1x IDE
4x SATA
1x CD in
1x Audio for Front Panel
1x Fan 4 pins (CPU)
2x Fan 3 pins (System)
1x Speaker
IO panel 2x PS2 (keyboard + mouse)
1x LPT
2x Network
4x USB 2.0
1x Firewire
1x eSATA
1x SPDIF out
1x optical Out
1x 7.1 Channel Audio
Mass Storage Controllers
ICH7 1x IDE (ATA100/66/33)
4x SATA (RAID 0,1,5,10)
Jmicron JMB361 1x IDE (ATA133/100/66)
1x SATA
Network
Marvell 88E8056 PCIe 1x 1 Gbit/s LAN
Marvell 88E8056 PCIe 1x 1 Gbit/s LAN
Audio
Realtek ALC882M 7.1 AC97 or High Definition Audio
Firewire
Texas Instruments TI 43AB22A 2x 1394a (400 Mbit/s)

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