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Foxconn's 875A02-6EKRS Motherboard
A New Motherboard From a Not-So-Familiar Face

By: Jeff Bouton
April 5, 2004

UT2003 & Comanche 4
Gaming Tests

We also tested the two motherboards with a couple of popular games.  We used Novalogic's Comanche 4, an extremely CPU limited benchmark, because its results reflect CPU performance quite well.  We also used Epic's UT2003, set a low resolution, to isolate overall system performance.

Like we saw with PCMark04, the graphics performance of the Foxconn 875A02 lagged ever so slightly behind the comparison board.  Once we overclocked the system bus to 233MHz, we saw healthy gains in both tests, tacking on an additional 27.71 FPS in UT2003 and 7.93 FPS in Comanche 4, gains of approximately 13-15%.

PC Magazine's Content Creation 2004 and Business Winstone 2004
Real World Application Testing

For our last round of tests we ran both Content Creation Winstone 2004 and Business Winstone 2004.  Each application gauges a system's overall performance with workstation and multimedia applications.  Content Creation 2004 tests multimedia intensive applications, while Business Winstone 2004 compares performance with common workstation applications.  Below is a list of the programs each test uses to calculate its final score.

Business Winstone 2004

  • Microsoft Access 2002
  • Microsoft Excel 2002
  • Microsoft FrontPage 2002
  • Microsoft Outlook 2002
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2002
  • Microsoft Project 2002
  • Microsoft Word 2002
  • Norton Antivirus Professional 2003
  • WinZip 8.1

Content Creation 2004

  • Adobe® Photoshop® 7.0.1
  • Adobe® Premiere® 6.50
  • Macromedia® Director MX 9.0
  • Macromedia® Dreamweaver MX 6.1
  • Microsoft® Windows Media?
  • Encoder 9 Version
  • NewTek's LightWave® 3D 7.5b
  • Steinberg? WaveLab? 4.0f

The Foxconn and Albatron boards traded victories in the Winstone benchmarks.  In CC2004, the Albatron board managed to outpace the Foxconn 875A02 by about 3%, but in the Business Winstone 2004 test, Foxconn rebounded and took the lead by the same 3%.

After taking a good look at the Foxconn 875A02, and giving it a fair work out, we were somewhat impressed with this motherboard.  The Foxconn 875A02 was built well with good component placement overall and a very complete list of on-board features.  We were equally impressed with the supporting bundle of hardware and software, and especially liked the clearly written instruction manual.  On the performance front, the motherboard performed on par with similarly configured Canterwood boards we have reviewed in the past.  Foxconn also did a good job of making their system board look a little different than competing products, both physically and with it's relatively unique BIOS options and supporting software.  We were mildly disappointed with the company's conservative approach to overclocking, however, which somewhat limits this board's audience.  In the end, the Foxconn 875A02 did reach the peak system bus speed available in the BIOS, without issue, which resulted in performance gains in excess of 15%.  If you are a serious overclocking enthusiast looking for a high-performance motherboard, you will probably want to look elsewhere.  However, from a feature and performance perspective, the 875A02 did a good job of satisfying our needs and impressing us with a complete, feature rich package.  And at only $128 it is one of the least expensive Canterwood boards we've come across.

We give the Foxconn 875A02-6EKRS a HotHardware Heat Meter Rating 7.5

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