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First impressions are positive, from the quality of the box to the aesthetically-pleasing red-and-black colour scheme that makes the board stand out from the competition.

We like the fact that so many features have been crammed in - including above-average audio, SAS support, debug LED, power buttons, four PCIe x16 slots, voltage-monitoring, and changeable IOH cooling - but all this goodness still isn't enough to take away from the egregious oversight of having only three DIMM slots, limiting most to 6GB of RAM. Foxconn may argue, successfully, that its Renaissance board would better fit the bill if RAM expansion is of utmost importance.

Overclocking Summary:
After a few minutes in the BIOS and a couple of choice words that cannot be repeated, a 200MHz reference clock was achieved. 210MHz booted in Windows but would fail wPrime more often than not.



The good

A good-looking board
LGA775 mounting holes in addition to the standard LGA1366
Overclocks well
Loaded with features, some quite innovative
Changeable IOH cooling is cool
BIOS provides granular control over frequencies and settings. Voltage adjustment is extraordinary

The not so good

Only three DIMM slots may persuade some interested folk away from it
£300 for a motherboard is hard to stomach, no matter how good it is
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Whoa, that is an expensive board. Unless one just fell on my lap, I would have a hard time stomaching that sort of cost.

EDIT: First =)
    
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Overclockers Dream + Stock Intel Heatsink =
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It's like a Ferrari on spare tires...
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Originally Posted by ubernewhacks View Post
Overclockers Dream + Stock Intel Heatsink =
+ budget RAM.

And 600 dollars?!?! An extra 100-200 MHz is not worth an extra 300 dollars.
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Nice looking board.

Personally, I think 3 RAM slots is plenty, so it wouldn't drive me away.
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EDIT: First =)
Nobody cares who was first. Seriously. "First" posts are repulsive and need to be wiped out of the internet.

On-topic... I don't like that they don't like only having 3 RAM slots. There's no point, seriously, when you're running triple channel like that, especially when Foxconn knows it works a lot better for an "overclocker's dream" board to have 3 slots optimized for overclocking than 6. Besides, how many users on this forum, much less at Hexus, are going to have a use for more than 12GB of RAM?
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Nobody cares who was first. Seriously. "First" posts are repulsive and need to be wiped out of the internet.

On-topic... I don't like that they don't like only having 3 RAM slots. There's no point, seriously, when you're running triple channel like that, especially when Foxconn knows it works a lot better for an "overclocker's dream" board to have 3 slots optimized for overclocking than 6. Besides, how many users on this forum, much less at Hexus, are going to have a use for more than 12GB of RAM?
I conquer, 3 slots is plenty.
    
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*LGA775 mounting holes in addition to the standard LGA1366


I argue that all boards should offer this kind of support... I wonder if there will be an issue with this board being able to support heavier coolers..., the silicon around the the motherboard mounting holes looks pretty thin...
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^^^^ If you are going to use a picture to gauge the thickness of the mobo, it is definitely not going to be a picture looking straight down on it.


I agree with the two above, all the people who complain about 3 slots are being unrealistic. 3x2 is going to be the number one memory configuration with this socket.
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