FOXCONN BlackOps X48 Motherboard

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Foxconn is the trade name of the Taiwan based firm Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. (Ltd.). Foxconn are one of, if not the largest motherboard manufacturers in the world. Traditionally Foxconn has been known as an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) to both Dell and Hewlett Packard; however in recent times we have seen the company move from relative obscurity to full-blown enthusiast hardware manufacturer in a short space of time.
Foxconn made their first move into the enthusiast market with the release of their Foxconn Mars motherboard. After managing to get some DFI motherboard engineers to defect over to Foxconn, and some smart marketing, the company has seen a significant progression into the enthusiast market. However, the Foxconn P35 Mars was just the beginning. Foxconn had a swathe of motherboards in development – namely the 790i Dreadnought, P45 Avenger and the 780a Destroyer. One of those motherboards that was rapidly gaining notoriety for all the right reasons was the Foxconn BlackOps.
Foxconn enlisted the help of the self-confessed ‘overclocking evangelist’ Peter ‘Shamino’ Tan to oversee the development of these overclocking behemoth motherboards, and to outlay the ideology behind Quantum Force. The Quantum Force series is the high-performance, enthusiast range that centres around value for money as well as focusing on user feedback. The site features Beta BIOS downloads, and tutorials on how to get the most out of the motherboards. Anyways, enough of the chit-chat, let’s begin the review of the Foxconn BlackOps motherboard by taking a look at its specifications.
The specifications were unashamedly copied directly from the Foxconn BlackOps product page.
Processor: Supports Intel® Core™2 Quad, Core™2 Extreme, Core™2 Duo, Pentium® Dual-Core, Pentium® Dual-Core and 45nm processors, Socket T (LGA775)
Chipset: Intel® X48 + ICH9R Chipset
Front Side Bus: 2000(oc**)1600/1333/1066/800 MHz.
Memory: Dual channel DDR3 1600/1333/1066800/667 x 4 DIMMs, Max. 8GB
VGA on Die: Discreted
Expansion Slots: 3* PCIe2.0 x16, 3* PCI
IDE: 1* ATA 133
Serial ATA(SATA)/RAID: 6* SATAII + 2* eSATA w / RAID 0, 1, 5, 10; Intel® Matrix storage technology and Intel® Rapid Recover Technology
Audio: SONAR audio card, Realtek® ALC885, 7.1 channel Audio
LAN: Dual Gigabit LAN by Broadcomâ„¢ PCIe and PCI LAN chip
IEEE1394: 2*1394a
Back Panel I/O Ports:
1 x PS/2 keyboard port
1 x PS/2 mouse port
1 x SONAR card with 6 audio jacks,CD-in and Front audio integrated
1 x S/PDIF Coaxial out port
1 x S/PDIF Fiber out port
1 x IEEE1394a port
2 x eSATA ports
6 x USB 2.0 ports
2 x RJ45 LAN port
Internal I/O Connectors:
1 x ATX 24-pin power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 x 4-pin CPU fan connector
2 x 3-pin System/NB fan connectors
2 x 3-pin fan power connectors
1 x Floppy connector
1 x IrDA header
1 x COM header
3 x USB 2.0 connectors support additional 6 ports
3 x Onboard On/Off/CMOS reset buttons
6 x Serial ATAII connectors
1 x Front panel connector
1 x On-board power_LED
1 x ATA133 IDE connector
1 x IEEE1394a header
1 x Buzzer
BIOS Features: 8MB flash EEPROM w/ LAN boot PnP, ACPI, WfM, DMI 2.0
Support CD: Drivers, Adobe Reader, Norton
Standards/Manageability: PCI 2.3, USB2.0, DMI 2.5
Special Features:
** Achieved by overclocking
* Quantum Force segment, based on Intel® X48 chipset
* Supports latest Intel® 45nm processors
* 3* PCIe x16 Gen2.0 with ATI CrossFireXâ„¢ support
* Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz support
* 4in1 Quantum Cooler
* 8 phase Digital PWM
* Quantum BIOS
* SONAR Audio – 7.1 channel HDA daughter card with 106db SNR
* Quantum Flow and Quantum Lap unique accessories
* 100% SOLID Capacitor design and Ferrite Choke
Form Factor: ATX (12″ x 9.6″)
Let’s head over the page to see how the Foxconn BlackOps should arrive at your door…