Foxconn 925A01-8EKRS2 Motherboard Review :: Features and Layout

11-03-2004 · Category: Motherboards

By Doc Overclock
Foxconn 925A01-8EKRS2 Spec Sheet
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Part Number925A01-8EKRS2
ManufacturerFoxconn
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DownloadsBIOS
Drivers
Manuals
ChipsetIntel 925X Express ICH6R
North BridgeIntel 82925X MCH
SocketLGA775 Socket
Processor TypesPentium 4, Pentium 4 HT Extreme Ed.
Number of CPUs1
Hyper-Threading SupportYes
Front Side Bus800MHz
Memory TypeDDR2
Memory ChannelsDual
Maximum Memory4GB
External GraphicsPCI Express x16
IGP None
South BridgeIntel 82801FR ICH6R
Audio8-channel
IDE100/66/33
SCSINone
SATA1.5 GB/s
RAID0, 1, 0+1
LAN10/100/1000
FirewireIEEE 1394a
USBUSB 2.0
Expansion Slots
  • 3 x PCI Express x1
  • 1 x PCI Express x16
BIOSAWARD
Form FactorATX
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The 8EKRS2 is one of the flagship motherboards for FOXXCON and it is built around the i925X chipset from Intel offering support for the LGA775 CPU's in all its current issues including the 3.4GHz Extreme Edition and the model 560 3.6GHz Prescott . The board features an 800MHz system bus supporting Hyper-Threading technology, and memory support is at 4GB of 240-pin unbuffered/non-ECC 400/533 DDR2 memory. Like its predecessor the i875 the board supports Intel Performance Acceleration Technology or PAT as it is more commonly referred to. The layout is done adequately with the exception of the VGA 12V connection, which is located awkwardly under the ZIF socket, forcing the cable to go over the CPU. This constricts air flow around the CPU, and although a minor issue to most can be an irritant to the custom builder or enthusiast. The standard power connection offers both 20-Pin and 24-Pin input capability for those wanting to use their existing power supply or cannot find a 24-Pin solution.


Foxconn 925A01-8EKRS2 Motherboard Review
Foxconn 925A01-8EKRS2 Motherboard Review
Foxconn 925A01-8EKRS2 Motherboard Review
Foxconn 925A01-8EKRS2 Motherboard Review

There is no active NB cooler only the standard heatsink, and this is understandable in a board geared at the mid range market that usually is designed in a no-frills way. The board does have some visual appeal as it has a black colored PCB and various other colors are to be seen in the PCI-X/PCI slots as well as the headers and other connectors on the board. Those few color changes at least keep the board from looking like the brown label special, although the box art is still pretty generic compared to many of the other manufactures boxes. This has nothing to do with how well the board functions, but still some people judge a book by its cover so to speak. The board uses discreet graphics only and offers no on-board VGA like the i915; this support comes via the 16X PCI-X slot that has replaced the AGP 8X slot as our primary VGA card support. The card still blocks the memory just like its predecessor and even though the chipset may have advanced, it's obvious the design is still flawed.


Foxconn 925A01-8EKRS2 Motherboard Review
Foxconn 925A01-8EKRS2 Motherboard Review
Foxconn 925A01-8EKRS2 Motherboard Review
Foxconn 925A01-8EKRS2 Motherboard Review

Drive support is standard and features 4X SATA150 controllers and a single ATA100 PATA interface, this is nothing fancy and the faire that is offered on most of the mid level LGA775 boards. The location of the SATA connections is just fine as is the location of the PATA controller, the only thing is in today's high-end motherboard market many users look for specs above and beyond the norm, and this board is definitely in the norm category. There are two standard PCI slots and three PCI-X 1X slots for your discreet card expansion. Currently, no products are available for the new PCI-X 1X slots as the market still has not caught up with Intel's LGA775 platform, but at least there are some PCI slots to accommodate your current cards. Gigabit LAN has pretty much become the standard for the desktop environment, and the RTL810SS-32 is a single chip solution that supports 10/100/1000 Mbps data transfer rates. There is a single RJ45 plug located on the rear I/O used for connecting to your LAN or Internet.

Sound on all the new LGA775 motherboards is pretty well thought out and implemented offering 7.1 surround sound options via the Realtek ALC880 chipset The ALC880 is a next generation audio CODEC supporting Intel High Definition Audio and works in conjunction with Sonic Focus technology. The Intel Audio Studio (IAS) supports home theater quality sound, and has Dolby 7.1 audio capability including jack re-tasking for simplifying the undertaking of connecting your speakers to the audio source. A coaxial SPDIF bracket is also included for connecting to digital speakers or an external processing device like a home theatre receiver. At this junction in time, I would venture to say that Intel's new High Definition Audio is the best on-board audio solution on the market as it supersedes the options found on the competitions silicon. There are six available USB 2.0 ports that can be used right out of the box, the ICH6 supports up to eight but the board comes with four on the rear I/O, with two more available by an included bracket. There is also support for one IEEE1394 Firewire connection also located on the rear I/O. The package contents included a rear I/O shield, the manual, and 1 X floppy cable, 4 X SATA cables, 2 X SATA power cables, a RAID floppy disc and the driver CD. The board sizes in at 12.0" X 9.6" and will fit in most mid sized or larger enclosures.

Foxconn 925A01-8EKRS2 Motherboard Review