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Deal: Foxconn P35A for $134.99 ($104.99 after MIR) + $6.61 shiping at Newegg

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813186119

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Model:
Brand Foxconn
Model P35A
Supported CPU:
CPU Socket Type LGA 775
CPU Type Quad-core / Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo / Pentium
FSB 1333/1066MHz
Chipsets:
North Bridge Intel P35
South Bridge Intel ICH9
Expansion Slots:
PCI Express x16 2 x PCI Express x16(run x16 + x4 mode, support dual graphics card technology)
PCI Express x1 1
PCI Slots 3
Storage Devices:
PATA 1 x ATA100 up to 2 Devices
SATA 3Gb/s 4 x SATAII + 1 x eSATA
Onboard Audio:
Audio Chipset Realtek ALC888
Audio Channels 8 Channels
Onboard LAN:
LAN Chipset Realtek 8111B
Max LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps
Packaging:
Package Contents P35A
Driver Disk
User Manual
Rear I/O Panel Shield
IDE/PATA Cable
FDD Cable
2 x SATA Cable
2 x 4-pin to SATA Power Cable
Bracket


I have no experience with Foxconn, but I like that this board doesn't have copper heat pipes all over the place. Might not OC like sin, but it looks mildly OC'able.

http://www.hardwarezone.com/articles...288&cid=6&pg=2
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In terms of real overclocking capabilities, the Foxconn P35A is not too shabby an overclocker. We managed to get the board running at a stable 1800MHz FSB (450MHz base) with a Core 2 Duo E6300 with a NB voltage boost to 1.538V. However, we do have some reservations about the board as it is not a natural overclocker and not for the uninitiated. The board requires a lot of coaxing and incremental adjustments in order to attain high frequencies, but you will be able to run at 1333MHz without any problems.

The Foxconn P35A is really quite an unremarkable motherboard if you look at it straight on; the kind of mainstream motherboard that usually sits on store shelves snubbed by enthusiast DIY-ers and power users. Being based off the old P9657AA/B PCB design doesn't help much either as it is quite difficult to determine the difference between the two generations at a glance. Look at it from the side however, and you will see the maturing motherboard industry that sees value in the budget corner as well. Just because the P35A is tagged as mainstream doesn't mean that it cannot also be tweaked for performance and include advanced manufacturing components such as a full solid capacitor design. As noted from our recent interview with Foxconn, it looks like they are really living up to their plans. The P35A's dual PCIe x16 setup ensures that the board will be able to meet power gamer needs with ATI CrossFire support and the performance to match, but while the P35A may hold up great as a budget gaming motherboard, Foxconn should really look into tightening its memory performance up a notch.
Maybe a gem in the rough... or simply a well built budget p35 board... Either way it is priced competitively.
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Dude that is a nice find, nice price, nice specs, and those crappy HS on the north and south can be easily replaced. rep+
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Dude that is a nice find, nice price, nice specs, and those crappy HS on the north and south can be easily replaced. rep+
couldn't agree any less.
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couldn't agree any less.
With the MIR newegg is offering the mobo is $30 less than any other e-tailer. As I stated its not the best, but for someone who has a c2d/PD/celly that can't break out beyond 400fsb this is as good a candidate as any other board just at a greatly reduced cost.

Before you bash Foxconn you should note they are a massive oem(original equipment manufacturer) and you may possibly already own one of their products without even knowing it.
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How do these boards overclock? Can't find too many reviews on this board, although it looks pretty nice, especially for the price.
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How do these boards overclock? Can't find too many reviews on this board, although it looks pretty nice, especially for the price.
The board itself from all the reviews, commercial and private, I have seen hits 370-450fsb(QDR1480-1800). So to maximize the boards OC potential it will need to be paired with a budget C2D that has a high multiplier. Think e2160 or e4300 respectively $96 and $119 @ newegg. Both chips have a multiplier of x9 so:

333 x 9 = 3.0ghz

Basically this board coupled with a CPU that has a multi of 9 or greater will guarantee you a min. of 3.0ghz potential while not putting any real strain on the poorly cooled North bridge.
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Hmm, I'm planning on going E6600 or 6x50 depending on their reviews. Not a good idea to pair those two together?
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Foxconn is one of the best motherboard makers. I remember laughing at people when they said it was good. Look closely on your motherboard, I wouldn't doubt if somewhere on there it says Foxconn. Those guys are great, this is going to be a solid board.
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