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Foxconn launches P35-based mobos

Foxconn launches P35-based mobos

It looks like Foxconn may well have got rid of the confusing naming conventions that have plagued it in the past!

Foxconn has today announced its first Bearlake motherboards aimed at the mainstream and performance market.

Bearlake isn't due to launch until next week, so we can't bring too many details at the moment. However, Foxconn has told us that it has released two boards based on the P35 chipset.

Both the P35A-S and P35A support front side bus speeds up to 1333MHz and also Intel's upcoming 45nm Penryn family of processors on top of support for Intel's current line of Core 2 processors.

Foxconn has removed a feature called chipset overspeed protection on both of the boards, which the company says enables better tuning capabilities. In addition, Foxconn has designed the boards with three key themes in mind: reliability, usability and connectivity. With this in mind, there are some features specifically focused around these themes.

The boards feature 100% solid aluminium capacitors, which are said to improve stability and durability. There are also on-board reset and power push switches for those that prefer to run the board bare on the desk. Probably the most interesting thing mentioned in the news release was the fact that the board supports both CrossFire and what Foxconn is calling Multi-Graphics. Curiously though, there's a "Graphics By Nvidia" logo that implies an unofficial SLI implementation.

Finally, Foxconn says that the boards will be available to the mass market on June 4th - the day before this year's Computex trade show starts.

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DarkLord7854 16th May 2007, 14:02 Quote
Looks kinda bare O.o
Mankz 16th May 2007, 14:23 Quote
Lots of yummy S-ATA and USB connections though.
LeMaltor 16th May 2007, 14:53 Quote
Any ideas on price?
Tim S 16th May 2007, 14:56 Quote
not yet, but I'd guess that it's in the same range as the P965 boards.
kenco_uk 16th May 2007, 15:09 Quote
Gah, again. Only six onboard sata ports. And what's a floppy port still doing on motherboards these days? Why isn't 8 sata ports a standard? Or at least bung another port on the controller that the esata port uses. Moan moan.. :)
Redbeaver 16th May 2007, 16:26 Quote
hmmmm bearlake... anandtech has a review that compares DDR2 and DDR3, and its using P35 chips... it shows DDR2 on P35 is faster than other chipsets....

now that ive given up on any multi-graphic solution, i dont care about SLI or crossfire capable boards... as long as a video card works at least just as fast on their respective chipsets (Geforce on a nvidia chipset or Radeon on ATI chipset), im happy... im getting it........
Tyinsar 16th May 2007, 17:30 Quote
I too saw the article on Anandtech - this looks to be a good chipset (bye bye P965).

Looking at the board I'm thinking look out Asus. The important question for me is how is Foxconn's support?
Sparrowhawk 16th May 2007, 18:30 Quote
Look at all those unpopulated solder pads... did they cheap out on us?

I've had two Foxconn (OEM Gateway) mobos before, and looking at them I've noticed a similar thing... all have features planned into the board, but never populated. Additional USB ports, etc. all unpopulated. My question, is why?
Redbeaver 16th May 2007, 20:51 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tyinsar
I too saw the article on Anandtech - this looks to be a good chipset (bye bye P965).

Looking at the board I'm thinking look out Asus. The important question for me is how is Foxconn's support?

im a DFI fan go DFI!!!!!
wafflesomd 16th May 2007, 23:38 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sparrowhawk
Look at all those unpopulated solder pads... did they cheap out on us?

I've had two Foxconn (OEM Gateway) mobos before, and looking at them I've noticed a similar thing... all have features planned into the board, but never populated. Additional USB ports, etc. all unpopulated. My question, is why?

I only see, maybe one or two unused solder pads.
pendragon 17th May 2007, 22:50 Quote
hmm bears and lakes.. does the nvidia 680i support penryn?
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