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Intel P965 Shootout Part 1 - ASUS, MSI and Foxconn - BIOS and Overclocking - Foxconn

In part 1 of our Intel P965 roundup we check our motherboards from ASUS, Foxconn and MSI - which is best for you?

By: | Socket LGA 775 in Motherboards | Posted: Oct 10, 2006 4:00 am

Foxconn BIOS and Overclocking


Our second board in the BIOS setup and Overclocking is Foxconn and I must say for a company we haven't had much to do with in the Overclocking realm, the BIOS looks very good.



Foxconn uses the same blue background BIOS that we are accustomed to from Award. However, a nice touch is the scrolling colours at the top and bottom of the screen in BIOS and while it doesn't come out in the pictures, it does catch the eye when you enter. To get access to Overclocking features you need to open up the FOX Central Control unit.



Foxconn gives a very good variety of clocking options. First you have access to the FSB. You have options from 200MHz up to 600MHz in 1MHz increments. PCI-E clock according to manual is locked at 100MHz at all times which is a good idea anyway in our opinion.


Voltages are plentiful. CPU voltage goes from default of your CPU to +0.300V above standard in +0.025v increments. This in theory gives you on a Core 2 CPU 1.6v to play with. DRAM voltage also has a reasonable range which goes from default to +0.6v, totalling out in the real world to 2.4v. The MCH and FSB voltages can be adjusted from their defaults to a max of +0.2v above default on 0.1v increments.


With these we managed to get an FSB of 432MHz (432 x 7 = 3024MHz) with DRAM at 1:1, CPU at 1.385v, RAMD at 2.0v and the rest of the voltages at stock. We consider this a very impressive result for a company which is new to the motherboard market, especially since it is only a little slower than the ASUS motherboard.


Important Editor Note: Our maximum overclocking result is the best result we managed in our limited time testing the motherboard. Due to time constraints we don't have enough time to tweak the motherboard to the maximum and find the highest possible FSB as this could take days to properly find.


We do however spend at least a few hours overclocking every motherboard to try and find the highest possible overclock in that time frame. You may or may not be able to overclock higher if you spend more time tweaking or as new BIOS updates are released or "burn in" time might come into play if you believe in that.

MSI P965 Neo-F Motherboard


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