Foxconn NF4UK8AA-8EKRS - Page 8

 

..:: NF4UK8AA-8EKRS Conclusion ::..

Well, we’ve seen what Foxconn has to offer with the Winfast NF4UK8AA-8EKRS. Stability wise, as we have found with all of the previously reviewed Foxconn branded motherboards, we did not experience any stability problems. The stability of the NF4UK8AA-8EKRS at stock and overclocked levels was right in line with the previous motherboards we’ve reviewed. The biggest problem with stability was encountered when the system was running at full steam above 230MHz FSB.

The NF4UK8AA-8EKRS product package, like other Foxconn offerings, wasn’t anything surprising. For a budget oriented performance board, this is what I would expect to find when I opened the box. Given that the NF4UK8AA-8EKRS is meant for budget buyers looking for the performance of the nForce4 Ultra chipset, but don’t want to go broke getting there, the NF4UK8AA-8EKRS offers a solid package for the job.

As far as the general layout and design of the NF4UK8AA-8EKRS goes, I’d have to say that Foxconn has done a good job. They eliminated any possible problems with loading and unloading RAM by placing the x1 PCI-E connectors above the x16. The heatsink on the nForce4 chipset could provide some better cooling, but in the case of elongated graphics cards this becomes impossible as the card will end up overlapping the heatsink. The main problem with the board is the floppy connector location. Granted the floppy isn’t used all that much, but it’s still an annoyance to have to spend more time routing a floppy cable than all other wires.

The Foxconn Winfast NF4UK8AA-8EKRS ships with a much better BIOS, given the price and audience target, than did the NF4K8MC-ERS. However, it also falls short of what we had hoped for. Foxconn has upped the FSB Frequency capability, as well as added additional settings for control over the most important voltages within the system. If we remember back, the NF4K8MC-ERS featured zero voltage adjustments, so this is obviously a big and expected improvement given the nForce4 Ultra chipset. The main improvement would be an increased VDIMM past 2.80V. This is okay for some RAM, but for real overclocking 2.80V is nothing. A clock multiplier adjustment would’ve also been an excellent inclusion.

Given that the Foxconn Winfast NF4UK8AA-8EKRS comes with a price point of only $104.00 + S&H, I’d have to say that this could be an excellent upgrade solution for the budget buyer. If you’re looking for the ultimate nForce4 chipset, and only need mild overclocking and tweaking capabilities, this could be the board you’re looking for. Ni frills buyers would love this board, while high performance overclockers would likely turn their heads and run far away.

The product package was about right for the price, and is about the same as one would find on countless other budget boards. The design was solid as well, though it was not without issue. All in all, if you’re looking to upgrade to an nForce4 Ultra board and don’t want to shell out $150+, the NF4UK8AA-8EKRS is an excellent offering. If you’re looking for something with some more kick to it when it comes to overclocking, you’d better off looking somewhere else.