915P Chipset Roundup: ABIT AG8, ASUS P5GD2 Premium, and Foxconn 915A01-P

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Foxconn's 915A01-P Details & Specs

If ASUS' P5GD2 Premium typifies the most that a manufacturer can do with the 915P chipset, then Foxconn's 915PA01-P represents the other end of the spectrum. That's not a bad thing, either. The 915A01-P offers most of the same performance-oriented features, yet costs almost $100 less than ASUS' board. At roughly the same price as ABIT's AG8, the Foxconn platform adds DDR2 memory support, which ABIT lacks, in addition to high-definition 7.1-channel audio.

Foxconn's hardware bundle is minimalist, but it still covers all of the important bases. There's a pair of Serial ATA cables, a power adapter that accommodates two SATA drives, floppy and IDE cables, a coaxial S/PDIF header, two extra USB 2.0 ports on a header, a custom I/O shield, and the requisite user manual. The software bundle actually comes with Norton Internet Security 2004, which doesn't represent Symantec's best work, but the inclusion of a full antivirus application is certainly helpful.


Specifications & Features Of Foxconn's 915A01-P

More value, less features

Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4, Socket 775, 533/800MHz FSB
Fully supports Intel "Prescott" processors

- Intel Hyper-Threading Technology supported


- Intel 915P / Intel ICH6R Express Chipset


- Dual-channel, unbuffered, 1.8V DDR2-400/533
- Four, 240-pin sockets, max 4GB

PCI Express x16 graphics
- PCI Express x16 graphics delivers up to 8GB/s per direction for 3.5 times more bandwidth than AGP8X at 2.1GBps

Expansion slots
- 1 x PCI Express x 16; 3 x PCI Express x 1; 3 x PCI

- 1 x ATA/100
- 6 x SATA/150 with RAID (our board only features four channels of SATA)

Integrated 7.1-channel High Definition, including front audio and S/PDIF headers

IEEE 1394
- Integrated VIA, 1 x rear and 1 x front I/O header


Gigabit LAN
Integrated Gigabit (10/100/1000) controller

- Wake On LAN
- Suspend to RAM
- Suspend to Disk
- Super Utilities – SuperBoot, SuperBIOS-Protect, SuperRecovery, SuperSpeed, SuperStep, SuperLogo, and Super Update

Back Panel I/O
- 1 x PS/2 Keyboard, 1 x PS/2 Mouse
- 1 x 1 x Parallel Port connector
- 1 x Line-in/line-out/mic (audio)
- Additional line-out for 7.1-channel audio
- 4 x USB 2.0 Connectors,

- 1 x IEEE 1394 Connector
- 1 x RJ-45 GbE LAN Connector

- ATX form factor (12" x 9.6")


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