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Foxconn 925A01-8EKRS2

Foxconn 915A01-8EKRS2

CPU

LGA775 Intel Pentium 4/Pentium 4 XE/Celeron (800/533 MHz FSB)

Chipset

Intel 925X Express

Intel 915P Express

FSB frequency, MHz

133-350 (with 1MHz increment)

133-350 (with 1MHz increment)

Overclocking friendly functions

Adjustable processor Vcore, Vmem, Vchipset.
Independently adjustable PCI Express and PCI bus frequencies.

Adjustable processor Vcore, Vmem, Vchipset.
Independently adjustable PCI Express and PCI bus frequencies.

Memory

4 DDR2 DIMM slots for dual/singlechannel DDR2-533/400 SDRAM

4 DDR2 DIMM slots for dual/singlechannel DDR2-533/400 SDRAM

PCI Express slots

1 x PCI Express x16

3 x PCI Express x1

1 x PCI Express x16

3 x PCI Express x1

PCI expansion slots

2

3

USB 2.0 ports

8 (4 – on the rear panel)

8 (4 – on the rear panel)

IEEE1394 ports

2 (1 – on the rear panel, by VIA VT6307 controller)

2 (1 – on the rear panel, by VIA VT6307 controller)

ATA-100/133

1 ATA-100 channel (by ICH6R)

1 ATA-100 channel (by ICH6R)

Serial ATA-150

4 Serial ATA-150 channels (by ICH6R, with RAID support)

4 Serial ATA-150 channels (by ICH6R, with RAID support)

IDE RAID support

RAID 0, 1, 0+1 and Matrix RAID by ICH6R

RAID 0, 1, 0+1 and Matrix RAID by ICH6R

Integrated sound

8-channel AC97 Realtek ALC880 codec

8-channel AC97 Realtek ALC880 codec

Integrated network

Gigabit Ethernet by Realtek RTL8110S-32 controller

Gigabit Ethernet by Realtek RTL8110S-32 controller

Additional features

None

None

BIOS

Phoenix-AwardBIOS v6.00PG

Phoenix-AwardBIOS v6.00PG

Form-factor

ATX, 305x245 mm

ATX, 305x245 mm

As the table shows, the reviewed mainboards from Foxconn are relatively simple; they don’t have too many additional onboard controllers other manufacturers are prone to scatter their products with. On the other hand, we can’t say the 925A01-8EKRS2 and 915A01-8EKRS2 lack anything important. No, they have everything necessary, but without any special features.

Foxconn also offers other modifications of these mainboards (with 10/100 Mbps Ethernet controller, without FireWire, and with a six-channel sound). The specific configuration is identified by the letters and numbers in the model name which have the following meanings:

  • L – 100 Mbps network controller;
  • K – Gigabit Ethernet controller;
  • 6 – six-channel sound;
  • 8 – eight-channel sound;
  • E – Support of IEEE1394 (FireWire);
  • S – Support of Serial ATA;
  • R – Support of RAID.

As for the two configurations we had for our tests, they only differed in the chipsets and the number of PCI slots. The mainboards are shipped in standard-size boxes which are becoming rather rare nowadays. The accessories to these products match their functionality, including just the bare minimum of things. The package contents are the same for both mainboards:

  • One CD with drivers and utilities, and a diskette with F6 Serial ATA driver;
  • Two Serial ATA cables and one power cable for two Serial ATA hard disk drives;
  • One 80-pin Parallel ATA cable and one FDD cable;
  • A bracket for the back panel of the system case with two USB 2.0 ports;
  • A bracket for the back panel of the system case with a coaxial SPDIF output;
  • An I/O shield;
  • A user manual.

The lack of any special accessories also helps to reduce the cost of the mainboards; the 925A01-8EKRS2 can be purchased for about $140 and the 915A01-8EKRS2 for about $120 in retail.

 
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