Foxconn X38A Motherboard Review

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The BIOS

The BIOS was made by AMI. The BIOS itself is very thorough.

Foxconn X38A Motherboard Review BIOS

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.

Foxconn X38A Motherboard Review BIOS

Standard BIOS options.

Foxconn X38A Motherboard Review BIOS

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.

Foxconn X38A Motherboard Review BIOS

IDE submenu.

Foxconn X38A Motherboard Review BIOS

USB submenu.

Foxconn X38A Motherboard Review BIOS

Super IO submenu.

Foxconn X38A Motherboard Review BIOS

AHCI submenu.

Foxconn X38A Motherboard Review BIOS

Smbios submenu.

Foxconn X38A Motherboard Review BIOS

MPS submenu.

Foxconn X38A Motherboard Review BIOS

As you can see many advanced tweaking options were available, but you have to browse through the constant submenus to configure them.

Foxconn X38A Motherboard Review BIOS

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.

Foxconn X38A Motherboard Review BIOS

NB submenu.

Foxconn X38A Motherboard Review BIOS

SB submenu.

Foxconn X38A Motherboard Review BIOS

Available PCI/PNP Settings.

Foxconn X38A Motherboard Review BIOS

Boot settings Menu.

Foxconn X38A Motherboard Review BIOS

Power management tab.

Foxconn X38A Motherboard Review BIOS

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.

Foxconn X38A Motherboard Review BIOS

CPU submenu.

Foxconn X38A Motherboard Review BIOS

Memory Timing submenu.

Foxconn X38A Motherboard Review BIOS

Voltage Control submenu.

Foxconn X38A Motherboard Review BIOS

The maxium values I could select using my test setup.

Foxconn X38A Motherboard Review BIOS

Expansive fan control settings are also available in the hardware Health section.

Foxconn X38A Motherboard Review BIOS

Whew that’s it for the BIOS section, now lets test out this board.

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