Legit Motherboard Reviews
Foxconn X38A Motherboard Review
|Product:||Foxconn X38A Motherboard|
|Date:||Thu, Jan 17, 2008 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Wes Patison -|
The BIOS was made by AMI. The BIOS itself is very thorough.
This is the starting BIOS screen. The BIOS has no shortage of options. However, one minor complaint exists. Most of the menus tile down into submenu after submenu. You can witness this yourself through the sheer number of BIOS screenshots.
Standard BIOS options.
Advanced BIOS Features. As you can see here no actual setting can be tweaked. It’s just a portal to numerous other submenus shown in the next screen captures.
Super IO submenu.
As you can see many advanced tweaking options were available, but you have to browse through the constant submenus to configure them.
Advanced Chipset Settings where you can configure Northbridge and Southbridge options. However, as you can see more submenus must be accessed before any settings can be manipulated.
Available PCI/PNP Settings.
Boot settings Menu.
Power management tab.
The Fox Central Control Unit is where most of the overclocking options are located. The amount of tweakablitly is impressive. This lead to the board posting a very good OC as I will get into later in the article, but once again navigation of several submenus is required.
Memory Timing submenu.
Voltage Control submenu.
The maxium values I could select using my test setup.
Expansive fan control settings are also available in the hardware Health section.
Whew that’s it for the BIOS section, now lets test out this board.
Next Page - The Test System
Page 1 - Foxconn puts a new spin on the X38 chipset.
Page 2 - Box Contents
Page 3 - Board Layout
Page 4 - Installation
Page 5 - The BIOS
Page 6 - The Test System
Page 7 - Memory Performance
Page 8 - Hard Disk Performance
Page 9 - Rendering and General System Performance
Page 10 - CPU Performance
Page 11 - Gaming Performance
Page 12 - Overclocking Results
Page 13 - Final Thoughts and Conclusions