Page 1:LGA 2011 Motherboards, Just A Little Cheaper
Page 2:ASRock X79 Extreme6/GB
Page 3:X79 Extreme6/GB UEFI
Page 4:Asus P9X79 Pro
Page 5:P9X79 Pro UEFI
Page 6:ECS X79R-AX
Page 7:X79R-AX UEFI
Page 8:Foxconn Quantumian-1
Page 9:Quantumian-1 UEFI
Page 10:Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3
Page 11:GA-X79-UD3 UEFI
Page 12:Intel DX79SI
Page 13:DX79SI UEFI
Page 14:MSI X79A-GD65 (8D)
Page 15:X79A-GD65 (8D) UEFI
Page 16:Test Settings And Benchmarks
Page 17:Benchmark Results: DiRT 3
Page 18:Benchmark Results: Metro 2033
Page 19:Benchmark Results: StarCraft II
Page 20:Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
Page 21:Benchmark Results: Productivity
Page 22:Power, Heat, And Efficiency
Page 24:Which X79-Based Motherboard Is Right For You?
Spelled by Foxconn both with and without the hyphen, Quantumian-1 is a member of its recent re-focus on the enthusiast market. Therefore, we're naturally expecting advanced overclocking settings. Before we get to this platform's UEFI, though, let's have a look at its other enthusiast-oriented featues.
We find, for example, two Ethernet controllers, dual eSATA ports, and an additional pair of SATA 6Gb/s connectors. None of those features are remarkable in the enthusiast segment, but they do add a value kick to this $270 board.
Foxconn also presents four x16-length PCIe slots, which are spaced in such a way as to prevent most folks from considering a four-way SLI arrangement. The upper black x16 slot uses eight lanes from a Sandy Bridge-E-based CPU, while the lower black slot, when it's active, takes eight lanes from the lower red slot. Two-way CrossFire and SLI (admittedly more common than any four-way config) receive a cooling benefit from the extra space between the two red slots.
Foxconn places a row of voltage detection points along the Quantumian-1’s front edge specifically to please hardcore overclockers (along with base clock control buttons and a Port 80 diagnostics display). They all reside above the top graphics card to ease access in a completely configured system. Power and reset buttons are more remote, near the front of the board’s lower edge.
Except for the odd spacing of its eight-lane center slot, we have no other qualms about the Quantumian-1’s layout. The internal USB 3.0 header is located far above the top graphics card, the front-panel audio jack is moved around an inch forward of its traditional bottom-rear-corner location for easier cable reach, and the forward-facing SATA ports are perfectly matched to modern cases that have space between the motherboard tray and hard drive cage. The CD audio header is an odd find on modern boards, but it does nothing to detract from this platform's good overall design.
Eight SATA cables, two-way, and three-way SLI bridges complete a relatively sparse Quantiumian-1 installation kit.
- LGA 2011 Motherboards, Just A Little Cheaper
- ASRock X79 Extreme6/GB
- X79 Extreme6/GB UEFI
- Asus P9X79 Pro
- P9X79 Pro UEFI
- ECS X79R-AX
- X79R-AX UEFI
- Foxconn Quantumian-1
- Quantumian-1 UEFI
- Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3
- GA-X79-UD3 UEFI
- Intel DX79SI
- DX79SI UEFI
- MSI X79A-GD65 (8D)
- X79A-GD65 (8D) UEFI
- Test Settings And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: DiRT 3
- Benchmark Results: Metro 2033
- Benchmark Results: StarCraft II
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency
- Which X79-Based Motherboard Is Right For You?