Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H - Page 9

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Iíd have to say that Iím quite pleased with the 975X7AB-8EKRS2HĎs product package. The package works its way back in a positive direction from the rather lackluster 955X7AA-8EKRS2, and certainly offers some improvements over the AA version of this same product. Foxconn has added the poster installation guide with their new boards, certainly one of the nicer ones Iíve seen I should point out, along with the Serial Port bracket, but I was left wanting just a little more. The 975X7AB-8EKRS2H still doesnít quite muster up our full love, but it seems Foxconn is working their way back to product packages like the beloved 925XE7AA-8EKRS2 had.

Taking into account the number of headers, connectors, and chips that had to be thrown onto this standard ATX sized motherboard, it certainly qualifies as an excellent layout. Much praise has to come for the move to a digital core voltage control unit, freeing up tremendous amounts of space around the processor socket. Whether or not this causes any problems in terms of overclocking, etc. will be determined shortly. My main gripe with this board is similar to others from Foxconn, I thought it was missing was an additional fan power connector for a rear exhaust fan. And letís face it, that really isnít much of a gripe at all.

The Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H ships with an improved BIOS in comparison to previous versions of both this same board, as well as all other products we have seen in the past. Foxconn has cleaned up the BIOS and removed several of the unneeded features. The addition of the FOX ONE settings has allowed Foxconn to move their products closer to the wants of the performance user as well as the occasional overclocker.

Overall, the 975X7AB-8EKRS2Hís performance was as expected. Foxconn typically puts out middle of the road board in terms of performance and overclocking, while focusing on the overall capabilities, stability and reliability of the system. Iíve been using a Foxconn board in my main rig for quite some time now, and it has provided a much improved environment for stability than on several other performance oriented boards.

In terms of the value of this board, Foxconn is making headway back to the days when the first stepped into our enthusiast market. At the beginning they offered a matched set of hardware and extras, and the amount of extras nearly matched the likes of Gigabyte as one example. Over time, these packages tended back towards a simple give emí the basics methodology, but it seems Foxconn is heading back in the right direction with their Intel motherboard products.

I would recommend that if youíre looking for a solid product, the 975X7AB-8EKRS2H would be an excellent option for that Core 2 Duo rig. Itís not perfect, but if my experiences speak to anything, this board will last the test of time and prove to be a great choice for the mid-range user.