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Thread: IN DEPTH OF FOXCONN BLACKOPS–the x48 motherboard dedicated to gamers




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    Default IN DEPTH OF FOXCONN BLACKOPS–the x48 motherboard dedicated to gamers

    After a couple of years of entering branded Motherboard market,
    FOXCONN has started a gaming product line Quantum Force from the P35 chipset based MARS featuring overclocking, performance and gaming in 2007.

    Lately we see another Quantum Force “BlackOps”, a X48 chipset based motherboard,
    launched. BlackOps is a bit behind on schedule comparing to other manufacturers’ X48 motherboards, but we’ll find out if it’s worth waiting now.

    The package is as huge as 45 x 13 x 29 cm with rich accessories. No surprisingly, the package design is targeted at gamers.


    Here’s the manual, quick guide, I/O panel, FOXCONN “Quantum Force” shield sticker and the IDE cable.


    SATA cables, USB rear bracket, and screws


    7.1 channel audio capability SONAR Audio card based on Realtek ALC885 chipset
    And an additional 12cm fan for Chassis to releasing system temperature

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    Default Re: IN DEPTH OF FOXCONN BLACKOPS–the x48 motherboard dedicated to gamers

    Here’s FOXCONN BLOCKOPS




    In this part of the board
    A total of 3 PCIe x16 slots support ATI CrossFireX technology. When all of them are running, it operates at x16+x16+x4.
    3 PCI slots.
    It uses Broadcom 5786/5788 Gigabit LAN chipset.


    In this part of the board
    6 SATAII provided by ICH9R southbridge and support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
    LEDs to show system message and the Power/Reset/Clear CMOS button
    Dual BIOS design, and an the blue jumper can reset the board easily

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    In this part of the board there are connectors include:
    24 pin power supply connector
    1 IDE connector
    1 Floppy connector
    4 DDR3 DIMMs support 800/1066/1333/1600 MHz


    In this part of the board
    It supports 45/65nm Quad/Duo processors
    8 phase PWM design


    Rear I/O
    2 eSATA ports provided by JMB363
    6 USB 2.0 ports
    2 Gigabit LAN ports



    BLACKOPS 4 in 1 Quantum Cooler
    1. Water Cooling

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    2. the usual passive air cooling


    3. Active air cooling with the additional fan in the accessories


    4. Extreme cooling with dry ice or LN2


    And an additional testing tray gives a better thermal solution

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    Here’s the boot-up screen as shown on the package
    FOXCONN also offers an application to change the boot-up screen on your own


    BIOS post screen


    Quantum BIOS overlocking setup screen


    DDR3 ratio
    When the CPU clock and memory speed at 1:4 ratio, there are 4 optimized pre-set ratio.
    On the right side, there’s also the setting suggestion.

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    CPU Feature


    Detail DRAM Configuration
    A lot of options are available to fine-tune all kinds of DDR3




    Voltage post screen
    Voltage configuration is one of the strength of FOXCONN BLACKOPS.
    It offers wide rage of voltage control with many tweaking options.
    CPU Voltage Multiplier x1.000~1.525
    CPU Voltage Setting 0.8250~1.60000V
    CPU PLL Voltage Setting 1.395696~2.446852V
    CPU VTT Voltage Setting 1.200~1.725V
    NB Voltage Setting 1.156V~2.395V


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    OC Gear offers 7 setting savings


    PC Health Status
    It monitors both voltage and speed.
    PC Health Status



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    Quantum BIOS offers so many options for tweaking, it’s hardly to find anything missing or not detail enough.
    This picture shows the settings of quad-core CPU overclocking.

    Boot-up screen can be changed to your own in the application provided.
    But it only supports 256 colors.



    Testing Platform
    CPU: INTEL Core 2 Duo E8500/Quad QX9650
    MB: FOXCONN BLACKOPS
    DRAM: CORSAIR Dominator TWIN3X2048-1800C7DIN
    VGA: GAINWARD BLISS 9800GTX 512MB
    HD: WD6400AAKS
    POWER: Corsair HX620W Modular Power Supply
    Cooler: Thermaltake BigTyp VP


    Image of the application install page


    The overclocking utility, AEGIS panel, comes with BLACKOPS (X48) have been upgraded to a newer & stronger version than what we saw in Mars (P35).

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    FSB or voltage can be tuned in AEGIS panel


    Also monitoring voltage and temperature


    More functions


    FOX LiveUpdate BIOS update utility.

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    Intel Core 2 Duo processor, E8600, runs stable at 556MHz SP2004


    Comparing to other X48 based motherboards, BlackOps out-performs at running over 550Mhz FSB and stay stable.
    We also saw a lot of people working BlackOps to 570~590MHz at CPUZ.

    Intel Core 2 Extreme processor, QX9650, runs stable at 460Mhz Super PI 32M


    The performance at quad core is above average comparing to P35.
    FOXCONN BLACKOPS uses a different voltage design which cause a lower voltage value in CPUZ.
    FOXCONN’s own utility shows the correct CPU voltage for reference. Hopefully we will see a future version to fix the CPUZ issue.
    Overclocking at DDR3
    2 DDR3 1800 CL7 7-7-20 1.99V
    System runs stable with dual SP2004 2GB loaded


    Memory bandwidth testing
    It runs stable at DDR3 1800 CL7. Unfortunately the BIOS we have can’t push it to DDR3 2000. Hopefully we’ll see it soon with a newer BIOS.

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