Foxconn WinFast NF4K8MC-RS Motherboard Review :: Setup and BIOS

04-01-2005 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

Setup of the Foxconn board went mostly without incident, with the exception of the Blaster Worm I've already mentioned. Otherwise, the setup was easy and pain free. One nice thing about most NVIDIA based motherboards is the one-step installation process. Installing a VIA board can require installing the chipset drivers, installing the LAN drivers, installing the sound drivers, installing the video card drivers and more. On the Foxconn board, the installation was a simple matter of inserting the driver CD and running the driver installation process. Using the latest Forceware nForce4 standalone kit also installed the drivers in one swoop.


Foxconn WinFast NF4K8MC-RS Motherboard Review
Foxconn WinFast NF4K8MC-RS Motherboard Review
Foxconn WinFast NF4K8MC-RS Motherboard Review
Foxconn WinFast NF4K8MC-RS Motherboard Review
Foxconn WinFast NF4K8MC-RS Motherboard Review
Foxconn WinFast NF4K8MC-RS Motherboard Review
Foxconn WinFast NF4K8MC-RS Motherboard Review
Foxconn WinFast NF4K8MC-RS Motherboard Review
Foxconn WinFast NF4K8MC-RS Motherboard Review
Foxconn WinFast NF4K8MC-RS Motherboard Review
Foxconn WinFast NF4K8MC-RS Motherboard Review
Foxconn WinFast NF4K8MC-RS Motherboard Review

Foxconn uses the standard Phoenix Award BIOS found on many motherboards today. One nice feature of their motherboards is the ability to recover the system from the BIOS screen, a utility called SuperRecover. Unfortunately, SuperRecover currently is for IDE HDDs only. SuperLogo allows you to change the logo screen at boot with any BMP or JPEG image from 640x480 or 800x600. SuperBoot shortens the boot time by bypassing the Logo screen at boot. SuperBIOS Protect Utility allows you to lock your BIOS preventing virus infection of the BIOS. The last "Super Utility" is named SuperUpdate. SuperUpdate is Foxconn's answer to a Windows based BIOS flasher.


Foxconn WinFast NF4K8MC-RS Motherboard Review
Foxconn WinFast NF4K8MC-RS Motherboard Review
Foxconn WinFast NF4K8MC-RS Motherboard Review
Foxconn WinFast NF4K8MC-RS Motherboard Review
Foxconn WinFast NF4K8MC-RS Motherboard Review
Foxconn WinFast NF4K8MC-RS Motherboard Review

NVIDIA has its own built-in Firewall on the nForce4 platform. This NVIDIA Firewall is a hardware-based solution integrated into the MCP chip, rather than a software based solution as found on most other motherboard chipsets. The NVIDIA Firewall supports stateless and stateful inspection. Web-based management, predefined security profiles, port block filtering, remote administration, and provides an easy-to-use set-up wizard. In addition, NVIDIA Firewall has antihacking features such as anti-IP-spoofing, anti-sniffing, anti-ARP-cache-poisoning, and anti-DHCP server-important security controls for corporate network environments. In a corporate setting, an end-point firewall (such as a desktop firewall) with antihacking capabilities can reduce the internally originated security breaches, and can inhibit desktops from generating unauthorized traffic. The result is improved overall security, with reduced requirements from the IT staff.