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Bloodrage|i7 920 D0|OCZ-Blade Review/Log

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Well hello guys! So yesterday I finally received the parts I was waiting on before I could begin to build my new i7 platform! In that respect, I wanted to offer you guys a review and buildlog of the used components. At this time I'm still installing all the software so everything is still as stock as a rock. But fear not, I plan to OC a good deal out of it and thus will update this post as progress is made. But! For now, here's the review of phase 1: Putting the rig together.

Used Components

These are the components which I will be reviewing:

- Foxconn Bloodrage (Preinstalled P06 BIOS)
- Intel Core i7 920 D0 stepping (SLBEJ)
- OCZ Blade 2GHz 6Gb Tri-Kit, 7-8-7 @ 1.65V

Part I: The Bloodrage!

Packaging

What can I say, the box itself looks very complete. The board is nicely accessable in a smaller box-within-a-box. The manual, cables, backplate and all the other acessoiries are stuffed in another box. The cooling addons, the waterblock and LN2 pot are firmly pressed in a piece of foam that covers the board. Everything looks solidly machined, the waterblock has an open copper surface, though sealed with a plastic sheet you'll need to remove. (And no I did not rip open my finger to a supposed splinter from the Foxconn logo on the LN2 pot ). All in all, the packaging of the board is excellent.

Preparing the board

After having unpacked the acessoiries I needed, I began to prepare the board. The first thing I always do is to check all jumpers, just to be sure they are seated as I want them to, none are missing and overall to make sure the board works as expected when it comes to jumper settings. All the jumpers were properly defaulted according to the manual.

Then, the next step was attaching the northbridge fan. Since I will use air, I added the northbridge fan. One of the bags contained two spring clips which are easily inserted into the northbridge cooler. Clamping the fan underneath wasn't the hardest to do, you just have to be aware you'll have to use some force as the clips are rather tight. There is no risk to bend anything though. Once the fan was seated, the connector was attached and that was it as far as board preparation goes.

The CPU

Installing the CPU was a breeze as it is with any LGA type of socket. I will be using the TRUE LGA1366 edition which comes with a fan and fan holder. So, naturally the first step to do was to attach the TRUE backplate to the board. It fit perfectly, and the little adhesive rings around the four pins that poke through the mounting holes kept the backplate in place against the board. Inserting the CPU was the next thing up. That was just a matter of lifting the lever, opening the socket and then removing the protective plastic plate. After having unpacked the CPU, holding its corners between my fingers I let it gently descent into the socket. Finally, the socket bracket was closed again and the lever latched. As TIM I used AS5. I know, it's not the best any more but it's what I still had laying around. Since this was a new TRUE, I hadn't gone through lapping it yet. I deliberately did not do that as I want to extend this log with lapping before/after results later on. Having applied a drop of TIM the size of a rice crum, it was time to seat the TRUE. This went without a hitch as well. After securing all the spring screws, the TRUE sat firmly to the CPU.

Inserting the board

My case does have a motherboard tray but since the TRUE is so huge it's not possible to mount the board with the tray removed. Hence the board had to be inserted the oldschool way by tilting it and lower it in place over the stand-offs. The backplate that came with the board looks very polished. As for the backplate, the only thing you need to be sure of is to push inwards the metal clips that sit in the LAN port holes. The board connectors need to be slid underneath them when the board is inserted. With the backplate in place, it was easy enough to insert the board. I didn't need to use excessive force, trying to wiggle the connectors against / through the backplate holes. It fit very naturally. Just pay attention to sliding the connectors underneath the metal clips you've lifted before. The last step was to secure the board, mounting the nine screws.

Wiring and board layout

Overall, the board has a good layout. Even with the TRUE in place, it was easy enough to connect the ATX 12V cable. The main ATX supply cable is easily connected as well. Even the IDE connector sits up relatively high on the board, allowing any IDE cable to easily reach the board and allow for cable management. Connecting the case cables for the powerbutton, reset button and so on was just as easy, the connector sits at the bottom of the board.

But it wasn't all roses. I ran into my first "why the hell did they do that!?" moment. This was when I wanted to hook up my floppy drive. (Who the hell still uese these anyways?). It appears the connector sits all the way on the bottom of the board too (the bottom being, well the bottom when the board is mounted in a tower case). My floppy cable was too short. If you want to use a floppy drive, you'll need to get yourself a rather long cable if you don't want it stretched straight over the board. I thought, well let's search the box. Foxconn probably supplied a nice cable for this as my ASUS cable was too short. Well, that was another "***" moment. There was no FDD cable supplied with the board at all! I checked the manual and no, an FDD cable was not mentioned in the contents listing. It is obvious that an FDD was not high on Foxconn's priority list. Another thing to note here is that the FDD connector sits underneath the bottom PCIe slot. It may be possible that a double-slot card in the bottom PCIe slot will sit really tight to the FDD cable or possibly won't even fit depending on what type of FDD cable you are using (some have this extra cable clip on top of the connector).

As far as PCIe slot positioning goes, there is a bit controversy about this board. It is true that if you go Crossfire or SLI with double-slot cards, that you won't have an PCIe slots left to use. The normal PCI bus in between is still usable, so people who still use a PCI card can still use it if they're going SLI/CF. While it may be a problem for some that they won't have an extra PCIe bus left, for others it may be a godsend to have a PCI slot acessible in this case. All in all, I can't really call it a bad design decision.

Powering up!

After all cables and the 4870x2 were installed, it was time to power up the system. This is always the most exciting (and scary) moment after having put together a new system. After flipping the PSU's powerswitch luckily the board status LEDs lit up, indicating all board powers were deemed OK. Then, it was time to press the power button of the case. The CPU fan started spinning, the whole system came to life! A few seconds after, the monitor displayed the standard BIOS messages and began to boot.

Installing Windows / Drivers.

I had configured the board to first boot from the CD. This allowed me to install a clean Vista64. The Vista install succeeded without trouble as well. After Vista was operational, I inserted the Bloodrage driver CD and followed their instructions, which I have to say were quite good and clear. They took away any confusion as to what to do first by telling "Install the drivers one by one, top down". And so I did. First off, the chipset drivers. Obviously these are not made by Foxconn as Intel's Chipset Driver setup started. A few minutes later I was asked to reboot the system, and so I did. After installing the chipset drivers, the next driver up was the Realtek HDA Audio driver. This install required a reboot too. The final driver for the NICs did not require a reboot. Now being able to access the net, I downloaded the 4870x2 9.4 Catalyst drivers and proceeded to install them. Fivte minutes and a reboot later, I was able to see the desktop back at a familiar 1920x1200 resolution. Having installed all the drivers, there was one thing left to do: To go into the device manager to see if there were any anomalies in there. But I was very pleased to see no question or exclamation marks in there..!

Summary

The board was delivered in a neat package. Preparing the board was easy, the manual is very clear. The whole experience of putting together the board and system could have been perfect if it wasn't for the akward FDD connector location, requiring a much longer cable than usual and possibly causing trouble with a PCIe double-slot card. It's not a showstopper though, a lengthy FDD cable without the extra cable clip on top would overcome this flaw. Accessability and locations of all the other connectors are excellent.

On the software front, I encountered no problems what so ever and this indeed was a smooth, perfect experience. Everything worked out of the box with the drivers supplied on the Foxconn CD.

Overall my experience with the board so far has been excellent. So, for this section that consisted of building together a system using the Bloodrage leaving the BIOS at stock settings I would rate it a 9 / 10.

Part II Getting Under the Hood (Overclocking)

Sorry, yet to come so stay tuned..
Edited by MagicBox - 4/29/09 at 2:23am
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post #2 of 7
Nice review of your build experience and welcome to the BloodRage Family. Be sure to flash your bios to p06 or p07 before overclocking.
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Thanks It's way not done yet. I only put the system together yet and while I am at work now, the system is running its Windows Updates (I hope) so by the time I get home I should be able to load up Prime95, RealTemp and all the other OC tools. I plan on adding a full OC log as I try to push the CPU to 4GHz+. Tomorrow I have a day off work so I'll have a lot of time to spend to my OC adventure.

BTW the board came with P06 installed.
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How did you get your memory at those timings and frequency? That is ridiculous!
    
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Which do you mean? These modules are 7-8-7 @ 2Ghz, 1.65V stock. If you mean the settings in my sig, it's because I had them run at 1.8v in my N790i board. I got the new memory modules before I even got the Bloodrage / i7 and used two of them in my now old rig.
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Finally got home, Windows completed all its updates. Right now, I'm copying all my tons of Gigs from a single 705GB back onto my RAID5 array which takes a while lol.

I already installed CPU-Z and RealTemp and made few BIOS settings. I only turned of C1E and the speed stepping. Ow, I turned off the Turbo too for now, but left HT on. This is going to be the situation I'll be starting off from.

So far, the CPU idles around 40 degrees celcius, 21.5 ambient. I can tell this is an unlapped TRUE/IHS lol. Load peaks somewhere around 52 degrees.

The VID for my chip seems to be 1.088V for the default 2.66GHz speed. Since I don't have anything to compare to I have no idea if this is really good or really bad or meh lol. What you guys think?
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Its exciting to hear of people having a good experience with the bloodrage. Most of the reviews I read have it in the "poo" category in terms of overclocking and general performance.

Keep us updated MagicBox.
    
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