Let's enthusiasts fiddle with their mobos until their heart's content. (Which is quite a lot)
Housing foundations. Granted, they don’t excite a lot of people but they’re rather important if you’re not planning a return to nature. Likewise the vast majority of motherboards go unnoticed, thanklessly holding everything together while stopping our lives from crumbling back to the, errr, 1970s. For a hardcore few however a shot of a good motherboard is like watching a Carolina Ardohain video compilation. Confusing I know, but Foxconn is about to make these guys very happy indeed…
It has come up with ‘FOX ONE’, a new central control system pitched at the extreme performance and hardcore gamers segment (the people who make online gaming a misery for the rest of us), and is featured on the 975X7AA-8EKRS2, the company’s latest flagship Intel 975X based motherboard.
FOX ONE relies on both a dedicated onboard hardware chip and system software for complete Windows based control and enables either manual or automatic monitoring of the PC’s system status. This includes system frequencies, voltages, temperatures and the automatic and intelligent adjustment of major system components to improve both performance and power efficiency. Think along the lines of Abit’s uGuru and you won’t be far wrong.
The motherboard built around it doesn’t disappoint either with support for all high end Pentium processors including the impending Presler and Cedar Mill cores, there‘s a 1066/800MHz FSB, four slots for dual channel DDR2 533/667 RAM, 2x ATA133 and 6x Serial ATA II connectors, dual PCIe graphic card support that is compatible with ATI’s CrossFire, 7.1 onboard audio, a massive eight USB2.0 ports and a couple of PCI slots thrown in for good measure. The 975X7A… (rest of long code name)… will be out any moment and ships with an RRP of £135 plus VAT.
Please note hardcore gamers have just got themselves into a hot sweat reading this. The rest of you who simply watched the Carolina Ardohain video then skipped to this last paragraph now understand how they feel.