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nForce 590 SLI: Foxconn C51XEM2AA

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Lazlow 14th June 2006, 16:53 Quote
Apart from the close proximity of the memory slots/cpu, it looks pretty cool. Did the nvidia reference have them so close?
Tim S 14th June 2006, 16:54 Quote
It basically is the NV reference design. ;)
RotoSequence 14th June 2006, 17:33 Quote
Swanky. Id use it in a mod simply because its all black. We need more motherboards like this; simple, unobtrusive, and good performers.
eddtox 14th June 2006, 18:55 Quote
Absolutely agree. This board is looking pretty awesome. If Foxconn were willing to bring out a revision to fix these *minor* glitches this could prove to be a very popular board. I would consider getting it even if they didn't. One thing though, would the close proximity of the DIMMs to the CPU be a problem for watercooling?

-ed out
Tim S 14th June 2006, 19:42 Quote
I don't think it will be much of a problem with watercooling, providing the block doesn't go too far outside the size of the AM2 mounting system.
olly_lewis 14th June 2006, 19:51 Quote
Yer i was wondering that bigz, watercooling should be fine, but large fans such as the Asus StarIce 4 in 1 CPU cooler or the Gigabyte GH PCU31-SD 3D, you could have problems for these large copper heat sink fans, because of the width of the copper surround... And then there are the large fanless heatsink, basically a huge block of aluminum, that could cause you problems...
sl1xx 14th June 2006, 21:44 Quote
I would proble buy this mobo if it had a passive mobo cooler and the ram slot's were set as the dfi mobo but arr well, ill wait for review on the asus m2n32-sli deluxe layout looks sweet just hope performance wise its good.

all in all good effort foxconn :P
Kipman725 14th June 2006, 21:47 Quote
One question, on some of the benchmarks the "SLI" memory has tightend the timings. For a direct comparision shouldent the other systems be run with the same tightened timings?
Veles 14th June 2006, 22:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by RotoSequence
Swanky. Id use it in a mod simply because its all black. We need more motherboards like this; simple, unobtrusive, and good performers.

Agreed, in todays market a nice coloured PCB is always a plus. You don't want some horrible green thing looking out at you through a case window.

I also like the fact it comes with rounded cables, it annoys the hell out of me to have to buy more cables because the mobo comes with horrible flat ones.
Pookeyhead 14th June 2006, 22:33 Quote
Would look nice in my rig... all you'd see is my water pipes! Cool.

That CPU placement is not the best piece of design I've seen. It shouldn't be a problem with most watercooling, but anything other than a stock HSF may be a problem.

Not happy with that 12v connector either. The beauty of having that, and the ATX almost next to each other is that both big fat power cables can be tied together, and it's easier to tidy the wiring. Having two seperate power cables going to the board is messy. It's bad enough trying to hide the ATX and 12v cables when they'r lashed together, but when they're on opposite sides of the board there's not a great deal you can do about that.

Not the most impressive HT speeds either.

Looks a nice board, but the above would bother me too much I think.

Good review tho ;)
Tulatin 15th June 2006, 02:22 Quote
Looks good, and i'm glad Nvidia's ref is a nice board. What i do wish is that more manufacturers did the DFI thing, and put the 24 and 8 pins within MM of each other...
Tim S 15th June 2006, 09:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by Kipman725
One question, on some of the benchmarks the "SLI" memory has tightend the timings. For a direct comparision shouldent the other systems be run with the same tightened timings?
SLI Memory is a feature of the board. It increases Memory bus speeds but loosens the timings, however the massive increase in speed increases bandwidth and performance.
yahooadam 15th June 2006, 09:58 Quote
looks pretty cool to me :) hopefully we can get some really tight timing memory for the NF5 boards :D
Im very interesting in the packet scheduling technology - is bit tech going to evaluate this ? (game and bittorent maybe ?)
Tim S 15th June 2006, 10:27 Quote
It only works if you're transferring data out... downloads are not affected (bit-torrent doesn't work - we tested it in the office before Computex). It's more for file sharing at LAN Parties
koola 15th June 2006, 21:31 Quote
I don't like it at all tbh. Foxconn should of rearanged the layout to provide a bit more space around the cpu as mentioned in the review. This just shows that Foxconn can't design motherboards very well. In fact, I would go as far to say they lack innovation :(
Pygo 16th June 2006, 01:14 Quote
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The placement of the 8-pin ATX 12v connector isn't as bad as it may seem at first sight. Obviously in an ideal world, the connector would be located right next to the edge of the motherboard, but the position that Foxconn has adopted is easily accessible thanks to the fact that the CPU socket is so close to the memory slots.
:haha: That made me LOL out loud.
Good review. I find it troubling when I come accross motherboards that have issues like this. Its too bad they don't take it for a final review.
I'm not very familiar with Foxconn's product line or how many revisions they do on their boards, but do you think they may fix a few issues in a revision?
TMM 16th June 2006, 10:09 Quote
The further away the Ram slots are from the CPU, the more interference and potential latency/timing issues you get. AFAIK, its the whole reason the slots further away from the CPU usually don't overclock as well on many motherboards. I don't like the stupid placement of the chipset (under pci-e x16 slot 1 AGAIN?! i thought manufacturers already learnt not to do this after NF3 AND NF4), otherwise it looks fine.
eddtox 16th June 2006, 10:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by koola
I don't like it at all tbh. Foxconn should of rearanged the layout to provide a bit more space around the cpu as mentioned in the review. This just shows that Foxconn can't design motherboards very well. In fact, I would go as far to say they lack innovation :(

While I agree that they could have tweaked the layout, I think you're being too harsh on them. As Bigz said, the proximity of DIMM 1 to the CPU socket shouldn't be a problem if you watercool, which I wager many people will do.

-ed out
yahooadam 16th June 2006, 13:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by eddtox
While I agree that they could have tweaked the layout, I think you're being too harsh on them. As Bigz said, the proximity of DIMM 1 to the CPU socket shouldn't be a problem if you watercool, which I wager many people will do.
probably a small fraction TBH, watercooling is still very pricey
koola 16th June 2006, 14:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by yahooadam
probably a small fraction TBH, watercooling is still very pricey
That's very true atm with cooper being valuable. Heatsinks these days are generally larger than they used to be, so the need for more room around the CPU is important!

@ eddtox, If I'm being harsh on them, then they deserve it :P
Screwface 18th June 2006, 06:51 Quote
"Disk connectivity on Foxconn's C51XEM2AA is incredibly well thought out - all six SATA 3Gbps connectors are useable when the board has a pair of GeForce 7900 GTX OC video cards installed. However, we would have liked to see Foxconn use the newer clip-lock connectors to hold the SATA cables in with a bit more security."

i love that, and how come every other board maker gets that one thing wrong?

just one thing wrong in my book, it does not say anything about Intel support And my next processors will be the Intel Conroe.
yahooadam 18th June 2006, 16:03 Quote
there isnt intel support, its a socket AM2 board !
You will have to wait for nvidia to release the 5 series chipsets for Intel boards
merlin27316 29th November 2009, 22:59 Quote
Just replaced this board in my daughters Alienware computer and while the system will post it will not display beyond that. Any ideas? Anyone know where I can find a connection map for this board? I matched up everything as best I could and can find no reason for this thing not to boot beyond the POST.
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