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Foxconn Quantum Force X58 BloodRage Motherboard - The Motherboard

The rumours of Foxconn leaving the motherboard industry seem remote today with the Quantum Force X58 BloodRage; a very impressive piece of kit.

| Socket LGA 1366 in Motherboards | Posted: Feb 19, 2009 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Foxconn

The Board

 

Foxconn Quantum Force X58 BloodRage Motherboard

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Foxconn has decided for its BloodRage board to go with the standard full sized 30x24cm ATX layout. With today's boards having so many memory slots, larger footprint processors and chipsets, not to mention the amount of extra features on the high-end boards, this size is no surprise. The PCB colour that Foxconn has chosen is black with red and black slots; no surprise considering the name BloodRage.

 

Foxconn Quantum Force X58 BloodRage Motherboard

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Foxconn has done a fantastic job in keeping the layout as clean as possible. The 24-pin power connector is located behind the three DDR3 memory slots on the right hand side. This board only contains three slots to create one triple channel row. Because this board is aimed for extreme users who will be overclocking, memory is limited to one triple channel to help keep the memory signals clean when pushing higher speeds. The 8-pin EPS12 power connector is located behind the PS/2 / USB combo tower at the top left of the board.

 

When it comes to keeping the whole thing cool, Foxconn has come up with a very elaborate heat-pipe assembly as well as some off-pipe heatsinks to keep things as cool as possible. The primary heatsink covers the ICH10R, the X58 IOH and the Mosfets and power regulators. The Northbridge can be equipped with either a water cooling or LN2 cooling setup by removing four screws from the Northbridge heatsink and replacing the air fins with either the water block or LN2 bucket.

 

Foxconn Quantum Force X58 BloodRage Motherboard

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Keeping things as tidy as possible isn't an easy task, but this is one way to do it. The IDE port runs off the JMB368 controller which also runs the eSATA ports. The six SATA ports driven off the ICH10R are located along the bottom right hand edge of the board and rotated on their sides. The SATA ports are stacked on top of each other, meaning there are only three SATA ports wide, but two high per tower. On the bottom edge of the board there are two more SATA ports. However, these are run off a Marvell SAS controller allowing you to have SATA or SAS drives running off these ports.

 

Foxconn Quantum Force X58 BloodRage Motherboard

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Coming down to the power requirements, Foxconn has them covered with a 12 phase voltage regulation system using solid state components, giving the board a true extra edge. The QPI and the memory which are on the CPU UnCore are given a separate two-phase voltage system to help stabilise the memory under heavy clocks, especially since you can't increase the memory voltage past 1.65v without risking permanent damage to the CPU.

 

Foxconn Quantum Force X58 BloodRage Motherboard

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Moving along to the rear I/O ports, we see that Foxconn has done away with one of the PS/2 ports. Only the keyboard port remains where two USB ports replace the mouse port. Even though the audio connectors have been removed and placed on a separate audio port, a Toslink and RCA S/PDIF port are still on the rear I/O section. In the place where the audio ports would normally be, two eSATA ports are put in their place. These two ports are run off a PCI-E based SATA controller that is also responsible for running the IDE port.

 

Foxconn Quantum Force X58 BloodRage Motherboard

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Lastly are the expansion ports. There are a total of four PCI Express x16 slots for use with graphics cards. There are two red x16 slots and two black x16 slots. The two red slots are full speed x16 slots allowing Crossfire using two graphics cards (this includes x2 series cards) as well as SLI using two graphics cards (again, standard two GPU SLI or Quad SLI).

 

If you want to run four graphics cards, if you plug graphics cards into the black slots, the two red slots become x8 slots, giving the board an 8/8/8/8 config setup. For additional expansion on the PCI-E bus a single PCI-E x1 slot is located above the top x16 slot, allowing it to be used despite what graphics cards you use. Lastly there is one PCI slot for legacy expansion.

 

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