This is our first review of mainboards that have recently appeared in the retail market under the Foxconn brand. This name doesn’t sound much as yet, but if you’re thinking that this is just another small upstart in the mainboard market, you are absolutely wrong. Foxconn is the registered trade name of Hon Hai Precision Industry, one of the biggest semiconductor companies in Taiwan, founded in 1974, which is currently a major contract supplier of parts for leading PC makers like HP/Compaq, Dell, Gateway, Apple, IBM and others.
Besides that, Foxconn is among the leading suppliers of mainboard components like slots and connectors. The company’s turnover and shipment volumes are huge, but its name has been rarely spoken among end-users as all its products have ultimately been sold under other brands. Now this situation is changing. Enjoying a growth of its profit, Foxconn is sallying out into new markets, and in the mainboard market, too.
Foxconn wants to position its products as inexpensive but high-quality solutions for high-performance computers and this positioning may become demanded by the market. Without voicing any specific names, we can complain that many mainstream and low-end mainboards are now rather low-quality products with limited functionality as they only rely on their well-recognized brand and low price. Foxconn’s alternative – good quality and low price – may become a revolution in this particular market sector.
Well, we’ve been quoting Foxconn so far and now it’s time to check Foxconn’s worth as we’ve got two LGA775 mainboards based on i925X Express and i915P Express chipsets: Foxconn 925A01-8EKRS2 and Foxconn 915A01-8EKRS2.
Specification and Accessories
Although based on different chipsets, Foxconn’s 925A01-8EKRS2 and 915A01-8EKRS2 mainboards have much in common, so we will discuss them en masse.
The similarity between these two mainboards goes beyond the snapshots; their capabilities differ but very little.