Foxconn BlackOps mainboard looks very attractive. Moreover, it boasts excellent, thoroughly thought-through BIOS functionality and has very few drawbacks. But for some reason it can’t overclock processors well enough. Why is it so that we can take a mainstream overclocker mainboard from Gigabyte, for instance, and successfully overclock processors on it, while a super-overclocker high-end board can’t show the same result? Are these boards way too complicated? Do they have too many settings that need to be taken into account and specifically selected? Then why do we need boards like that at all?
I believe that a super-overclocker mainboard should overclock CPUs as quickly and easily as regular overclocker boards do. What should be different then? Most mainstream overclocker boards are functional enough for most users, but that’s about it. They overclocked your system and that’s all they can do. However, all those additional features a super-overclocker board has, will help achieve record-breaking speeds. Once you do your research and experiment enough, you may be able to slightly raise the frequency, lower the timings a few points and finally get the performance level unattainable for mainstream boards. It doesn’t matter that the difference is not that dramatic and can be only noticed in test applications and not in real ones – dedicated enthusiasts don’t care. On the other hand, if all those additional settings just make things more difficult, then why would one need them?
Mainstream DFI LANPARTY DK X48-T2RS mainboard that we have recently reviewed received our positive feedback. Some of our readers believe it wasn’t deserved, since the board didn’t set any records in terms of maximum CPU overclocking or highest FSB speed. It could be my mistake. Being the author of this review, I may not have explained my point of view correctly. The thing is that I really enjoyed working with DFI LANPARTY DK X48-T2RS mainboard and didn’t experience any problems. No, it couldn’t hit 500MHz FSB, but overclocked a dual-core processor to its maximum at 483MHz frequency. No, we couldn’t go past 450MHz FSB with a quad-core processor, but the system worked stably at this frequency. Reliability and problem-free operation – these are the best features of DFI LANPARTY DK X48-T2RS mainboard, IMHO. So, it completely deserved the positive feedback from us.
As for Foxconn BlackOps mainboard we reviewed today, we all know very well the results of a massive marketing campaign and unprecedented overclocking records set on it. If every Foxconn BlackOps mainboard were bundled with a small Shamino who could help with overclocking, we would have given it our highest score, too. As of now it doesn’t score very high.