Shootout at the Core 2 Corral: Seven P965 Motherboards Compared


Foxconn provides its Fox Intelligent Stepping menu to assist overclocking neophytes, with profiles called Auto, Power Gaming, Data Mining, Office and Energy Saving. A small IC labeled "Fox One" handles dynamic changes, but experienced overclockers will choose manual settings.

As with the Biostar entry, DRAM is limited to a maximum 800 MHz data rate and a minimum 9 cycles RAS.

BIOS Frequency and Voltage settings (for overclocking)
FSB Frequency default - 600 MHz (1 MHz)
Clock Multiplier Adjustment No
PCIe Clock N/A (100 MHz only)
CPU Vcore default - +0.3000V (0.0125V)
Memory 1.65 - 2.40V (0.05V)
FSB Termination 1.11 - 1.38V (0.03V)
Northbridge (MCH) 1.13 - 1.48V (0.04V)
Southbridge (ICH) N/A
Available Memory Ratios (DRAM:FSB)
DDR2-533 (1:1) Yes
DDR2-667 (5:4) Yes
DDR2-711 (4:3) No
DDR2-800 (3:2) Yes
DDR2-888 (5:3) No
DDR2-1066 (2:1) No
CAS Latency Range
tCAS: 3-6; tRCD: 3-6; tRP: 3-6; tRAS: 9-15; Command Rate: N/A

Our Take

Like most of the boards we tested, the Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H reached 346 MHz FSB using our early-stepping Core 2 Duo E6700 and stock cooling. Getting to this level requiring increasing the bus speed in small steps. Unfortunately, any missed boot caused overclock failure and forced us to repeat the process.

Documentation & Software Quick Installation Guide
Driver & Tools CD
Hardware 1x Serial ATA cables
1x SATA Power Adapter
1x 80-conductor ATA cable
1x Floppy Cable
1x I/O Panel Shield

Special Features

Foxconn's Fox One / Tiger One automatic overclocking hardware and application should appeal to the less experienced enthusiast, and its Live Update eases driver and firmware updates. Foxconn also includes Norton Internet Security suite.

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