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Foxconn 925A01-8EKRS2

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It has been about eight weeks since Intel officially launched their i925X (Alderwood) and i915 (Grantsdale) chipsets, and their new LGA775 "pinless" Pentium 4 processors.  Since the launch, we've taken a look at two i925X based motherboards from Abit and Asus (seen here), and we had tested Intel's own D925XCV motherboard in our launch article.  These three motherboards all worked well, and offered their own somewhat unique take on the i925X.  Intel's board made for a good reference platform, Abit's AA8 DuraMAX was a competitively priced, overclocker friendly board, and the Asus P5AD2 Premium was chock-full of technological "bells and whistles".  Today, we're going to take a look at Foxconn's take on the i925X chipset, the 925A01-8EKRS2.  The 925A01-8EKRS2 is a very feature-rich motherboard that takes full advantage of all of the i925X chipset's inherent capabilities.  This board has Gigabit Ethernet, Intel 7.1 channel High-Definition audio, SATA RAID, PCI Express, and the list goes on.  It's also priced fairly aggressively and turned out to be a respectable overclocker.

     

Specifications of the Foxconn 925A01-8EKRS2
Ready For Intel's Best
Processor
_Intel Pentium 4, Socket 775, 800MHz FSB
_Fully supports Intel "Prescott" processors
_Intel Hyper-Threading Technology supported

Chipset
_Intel 925X Express + ICH6R

Memory
_Dual channel, unbuffered, 1.8V DDR2-400/533 w/ or w/o ECC; (4) 240-pin DIMM sockets, max 4GB
_Supports Intel Performance Acceleration Technology (PAT)

Graphics
_Discrete (non-integrated) - use expansion slot

Expansion Slots
_1 x PCI Express x16
_3 x PCI Express x1
_2 x PCI

IDE
_1 x ATA/100
_4 x SATA/150 (w/ RAID)

Audio
_Integrated, 7.1 channel High Definition, including front audio and S/PDIF headers (Realtek)

LAN
_Integrated Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000) controller (Realtek)

IEEE-1394
_Integrated (VIA), 1 x rear + 1 x front I/O header
Rear Panel
_1 x PS/2 keyboard
_1 x PS/2 mouse
_1 x RJ45 (LAN)
_4 x USB 2.0
_1 x line-in/line-out/mic (audio)
_Additional line-out for 7.1 channel Intel High Definition audio
_1 x parallel (SPP/ECP/EPP)
_2 x COM (16550-compatible UART)
_1 x IEEE-1394

Internal
_1 x floppy disk drive
_2 x USB 2.0 headers (supports 4 ports)
_1 x IEEE-1394 header
_Front audio header

BIOS
_4Mb flash EEPROM w/ LAN boot, PnP, ACPI, WfM, DMI 2.0
Features
_Wake-on-LAN (WOL), suspend-to-RAM (STR), suspend-to-disk (STD)
_SuperUtilities - SuperBoot, SuperBIOS-Protect, SuperRecovery, SuperSpeed, SuperStep, SuperLogo, and SuperUpdate

Accessories
_Support CD, user manual
_1 x floppy drive cable, 1 x ATA/100 cable, 4 x SATA data cables, 2 x SATA power cables (supports 4 drives)
_Rear I/O shield
_RAID driver floppy disk

Form Factor
_ATX, 12.0" x 9.6" or less - see User Manual

          

Foxconn has taken a "no-nonsense" approach to the 925A01-8EKRS2's accessory bundle.  Included with the board itself, we found two well-written user's manuals; one detailing all aspects of the motherboard, the other focusing on the board's Serial ATA RAID capabilities.  A fairly large quick-reference poster, which spotlights and labels all of the 925A01-8EKRS2's major components, was included as well, along with a driver / utility CD and a floppy disk containing Intel ICH6R RAID drivers.  Foxconn also provided an S/PDIF bracket, a dual-USB bracket and a custom I/O shield.  Lastly we found an assortment of cables, including two SATA data cables, a Molex-to-Dual SATA power connector splitter, a standard floppy cable and an 80-Wire Ultra ATA IDE cable.  Definitely not the most serried accessory bundle, but all of the necessities are there.

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