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Hon Hai Precision Industry Company that owns Foxconn trademark was founded back in 1974. Today, the name of Foxconn Technology Group is familiar to everyone who is at least a little bit into computers. In the end of August 2007 the company introduced Quantum Force mainboard series for computer enthusiasts. The first model there was Foxconn Mars, which we have already discussed in our article called “Foxconn Mars Mainboard on Intel P35 Express Chipset”. In January 2008 at the CES show they demonstrated for the first time a new Quantum Force mainboard on Intel X48 Express. It also got a name: Foxconn BlackOps. The board officially launched in the end of April 2008 and today we decided to finally :) offer you a detailed coverage of its features and functionality.

Package and Accessories

The front of the Foxconn BlackOps box is decorated with the corresponding special force unit. The board model name is written in very original font, all the logos are there and the manufacturer’s name is very visible and eye-catching.

The back of the box lists some of its features:

We usually provide box shots in all our reviews so that the user who liked the board could easily identify it on the store shelf among a bunch of other solutions. However, there is one more reason why Foxconn package will definitely catch your eye. This box is a little taller, much longer and twice thicker as any of the traditional mainboard boxes. So, it can blend in among the boxes with large liquid-cooling systems, small system cases or consumer products, but not among other mainboards, that’s certain.

The external box is a decorative cover-box made of thin cardboard. The contents of the package is secured in an internal box of thick cardboard that holds a box with the mainboard and two small boxes with accessories. The mainboard is bundled with FDD and IDE cables, two kinds of Serial ATA cables – with straight and L-shaped connectors, rear panel I/O Shield and an additional bracket with two USB and one IEEE1394 ports. Among “pleasing extras” we could definitely point out plastic ties and a Quantum Flow-GPU Blower. In fact, it is a regular 120-mm fan with a set of retention blackest and screws. It should supposedly help better cool the graphics cards in the system.

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