The board is lacking most clearance issues and was very easy to install in a mid-size ATX case. Thanks a lot Reply. The USB connectors sit on either side of the capacitors and are truly located in a cluttered area. The placement of the floppy connector was a problem for me. They are getting more and more available and my thinking is based on the observation that more and more mobo designs are making it hard to plug in PCI cards when you have double width x16 cards. Doom 3 and Conclusions

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Pin-outs are clearly explained, so is little confusion as possible as to which header does what. Returning to the CPU socket area, we find ample amount of room for certain alternative cooling solutions. We utilized the stock Intel heat sink, but also verified if several aftermarket cooling systems would fit foxconh this area during our tests.

The Northbridge and Southbridge chipsets are passively cooled with large heatsinks that do not interfere with any installed peripherals. Foxconn should have included the new design as it enhances the security of the SATA connections. Other than a few bells and whistles, the P board is a nice alternative to the more expensive P board.

The Northbridge cooler is arranged in such a way to take advantage of the CPU fan, giving the chipset an foxcpnn active cooling solution. Doom 3 and Conclusions Privacy policy and Terms of Use.

The board is lacking most clearance issues and was very easy to install in a mid-size Foxcoonn case. Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment. Overall, I thought the P7AA has a nice layout. There are many benefits to multi-core processors; high end workstations and servers have long been equipped with more than CPU, allowing SMP-capable programs to distribute work loads.

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Test Setups Page 7: My issues were few, better placement of the FDD connector, and maybe an additional fan header or two would have been a nice addition, but other than that, the P7AA has a nice foxconnn layout, and is definitely a very good looking board.

This would apply to other people with other cards such as mpeg, extra nics etc Foxconn places the four-pin 12V auxiliary power connector to the left of the CPU socket area, which could cause cable management issues. The second BCM is a PCI solution which means under heavy network traffic, the network card can potentially get boggled down.

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Memory ratios are limited compared to the nForce4 Intel Edition boards and the P boards that were reviewed. Foxconn did a very good job with the color coordination of the various peripheral slots and connectors. With both Intel and AMD firmly devoted to dual core processors in the foreseeable future, one would expect a flurry of dual core capable software should be hitting the market The audio panel consists of 6 ports that can be configured for 2, 4, 6, and 8-channel audio connections.

Coupled with the ability to use the same processors as its bigger brother the X7AA, the P7AA starts to look like a pretty good bargain.

The floppy drive port is conveniently located on the upper edge of the board along with the pin ATX power connector. Looking at it rationally, is this really a budget board? They are getting more and more available and my thinking is based on the observation that more and more mobo designs are making it hard to plug in PCI cards when you have double width x16 cards.

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Foxconn P7AA-8EKRS2 Motherboard Review –

The DIMM module slots’ color coordination is correct for dual channel setup. Depending on the applications and operating system, multi-processing environments can make a significant impact or have virtually none. In fact, this system, like the other two boards, kept the chipsets cool enough so that additional chipset voltage was not a factor in our overclocking tests.

Foxconn make installing the motherboard a breeze with a well written manual and helpful quick install guide. Twice in our testing, we had a SATA cable come loose and cause an issue. SLId double width cards in the P5N32 as well as the A8N32, not being tested here would only leave one pci slot and since I have an ide raid array with at least a year or 2s life in it, that leaves me with no slot for a sound card therefore say, a 945p7a Audigy NX would be useful.

There was also a single ATA port and 945pa7a port as well.

The memory modules can easily be changed with a full size video card installed in the first PCI Express x16 slot. That direction is currently taking shape in the form of muli-core processing, which naturally requires the newest chipsets to be fully realized.