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Reviewed by: Norman Tan [07.27.05]
Manufactured by: Foxconn 


955X7AA Motherboard Layout

Foxconn's flagship product sets itself apart from the other boards with its bright red finish. Does it have what it takes to be the best though?

Unfortuantely for us, this board only comes with a single PCIe 16x slot as opposed to the two slots that we've been seeing on other boards in the market. Apart from that, the inclusion of additional PCIe 1x and PCI slots is quite generous. The USB ports are placed nicely out of the way (to the top right of the PCI slots) and I liked the placement of the Firewire, audio and SIL3114 SATA ports along the bottom of the motherboard.

Moving more to the right, we can see four more ICH7-R powered SATA II ports along with two IDE raid ports. In total, there is support for up to 12 hard drives. Not to bad at all!

The 24-pin ATX connector is nicely tucked to the side of the case and we can see the floppy port along with the standard IDE channel that is usually meant for optical drives. Of course, running another two hard drives here wouldn't be a problem at all.

Now it would have been nice to have the 4-pin connector here as well, but as you can see, it's not here. Where could it be?

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