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Foxconn N68S7AA-8EKRS2H nForce 680i Motherboard - BIOS and Overclocking

By: Cameron Johnson | NVIDIA Chipset in Motherboards | Posted: Mar 9, 2007 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: Foxconn




We used the latest BIOS available on the Foxconn website at time of testing and that being 692F1P17. While nVidia does use an Award BIOS for its NV BIOS setup, Foxconn have gone their own way and are using an AMI Megatrends BIOS. It's something totally different from what we've been used to with 680i motherboard but what is not are the features in the BIOS - everything that nVidia includes in their NV BIOS setup are there in one form or another from Foxconn with a different name.



Foxconn placed all the overclocking sub menus under the Fox Central Control Menu where you can adjust every thing this board has to offer in terms of overclocking and voltages.




FSB Clock (QDR): 400MHz to 2500MHz in 1MHz increments


Memory Clock (DDR): 400MHz to 1400MHz in 1MHz increments


SPP to MCP: 200MHz to 1000MHz in 200MHz increments


MCP to SPP: 200MHz to 1000MHz in 200MHz increments


PCI Express Slot 1: 100MHz to 200MHz in 1MHz increments


PCI Express Slot 2: 100MHz to 200MHz in 1MHz increments


PCI Express Slot 3: 100MHz to 200MHz in 1MHz increments




CPU Voltage Offset: +0.125v to +0.25v in + 0.125v increments


Memory Voltage: 1.6914v to 2.3771v in various increments


MCP Voltage: 1.5v to 1.875v in 0.025v increments


SPP Voltage: 1.174v to 1.5704v in various increments


Memory Termination Voltage: 0.8317v to 1.1689v in various increments


VLTD Voltage: 1.1174v to 1.5704v in various increments


As you can see there are quite a few options available to us which should aid quite nicely in overclocking.





Unfortunately we didn't have a huge amount of testing time available to us for overclocking but what we did get in the time we had was amazing. 507MHz FSB was what we managed to get with only having to change the voltages up 2 steps in each case - we think that if we had more time, we might have gotten even more.


It's quite an impressive overclock in that the more expensive ASUS Striker Extreme managed around 510MHz FSB (and we had more time to OC to attain that result) and that costs considerably more and the Foxconn FSB result is a good improvement over the nVidia reference motherboards we have tested from companies like eVGA.


Is Foxconn finally ready to put on their black shiny shoes and try and seriously take on the big guns of the motherboard industry? We're not entirely sure yet but this is certainly a step in the right direction.


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.

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