All the drivers and needed parts associated with the board were provided. The boards manual is done properly and can be navigated through easily enough even by the novice user. There are jumpers with tabs on them for easy removal and replacement, and the board is clearly silk-screened so the user can distinguish where things go without a lot of hassle. The board comes with a bracket for hooking up an additional two USB ports. The bracket connects to two headers on the board that the bracket attaches to and then occupies one slot on the rear of your enclosure.
You can run your SATA drives in a variety of ways depending on your needs or drive availability. The ICH6 subsystem supports a single channel PATA ATA100 bus master IDE controller, up to eight USB 2.0 ports (Six Are Included Here) and four channels of SATA 150. The ICH6 has multi-RAID functionality, supporting RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1 and Matrix RAID functions. Using drives with the native command queuing (NCQ) have shown better results when loading games, but not much better performance in office type applications has been reported as of yet. With better support this may become a factor for better performance in the future. I configured a RAID 0 array using dual WD 36.GB Raptors for maximum performance results as these are very fast drives and this same configuration is used by many hardware publications in their test bed.
- Motherboard: Foxconn 925A01-8EKRS2
- CPU: LGA 775: 3.4GHz Extreme Edition
- Cooling: Malico LGA775 Heatsink/Fan combo
- DDR2 Memory: Crucial (Ballistix) PC2-5300 DDR2 533, CL=4-4-4-10
- PCIX VGA Card: NVIDIA 6800GT 256MB
- Hard Drives: Dual WD Raptor 36GB 10,000 RPM SATA150 drives in MODE 0 ARRAY
- Power: Epower 450W
- SYSmark 2004
- PCmark 2004
- 3Dmark 2001
- 3Dmark 2003
- Quake 3 (Time Demo 1)
- UT2003 (Botmatch/Flyby)
- DIVX (Encoding)