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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [09.16.06]
Manufactured by: Foxconn


Fox One

Foxconn has included an overclocking utility named FOX ONE. Note that the version included on the installation CD of our sample was outdated, and detected the wrong frequencies. Downloading the latest version from Foxconn's site worked fixed most of the problems, although it still detected the wrong CPU multiplier setting (and doesn't support CPU multiplier manipulation).

As you'd expect, it features a bloated, ugly interface with annoying slow animations and confusing layout, which seems to be common with these Taiwanese-designed applications. However, the monitoring options are great, allowing you to keep an eye on all voltages, temperatures, and fan speeds on a single page. Overclocking itself is made slow because of the interface, and beyond some expirementing in Windows, you'll probably want to stick to BIOS-based overclocking with this board. Perhaps I'm just spoiled by nTune though...


Since you'll be doing most of your overclocking in the BIOS, let's check it out:

Most of the settings pertaining to overclocking are found on a single page. This is a big departure from prior Foxconn boards, where settings were found all over the place. Unfortunately, one of the more important settings is not found, and that's CPU ratio adjustment. Even with an ES chip, it did not show up, using the latest BIOS. Perhaps it's an issue with this board, because Foxconn touts this feature in some of their promo material.

As I mentioned before, only the 3 basic memory multipliers are given (for 533, 667, and 800 DDR2 speeds). Access is only given to the basic memory settings here, but those are most likely the only ones you'll want to mess around with, and they probably have the most impact on performance.

The "health page" is one of the biggest I've seen in a while, with monitoring for voltages all over the board. You also get 2 temperatures and 3 fans to monitor. It's not explained which fan is being controlled by the settings at the bottom, and since there was no manual with my sample (and the PDF on Foxconn's site is broken), I can't be sure. It's most likely the auxiliary fan (FAN1). Looking at the settings, it's somewhat difficult to figure out exactly how to set up these adjustments.. But this is better than having no control at all, I guess.


Because this board does not allow for CPU multiplier adjustments, we were stuck with a multiplier of 10x. In another review using this CPU, we discover that the fastest our Engineering Sample Core 2 Duo E6700 will go with stock cooling is around 3.50 GHz.

With the 10x multiplier, once again the highest FSB we could attain was 350 MHz. 355 MHz would sometimes POST, but most of the time it wouldn't. Perhaps if I'd spent a day fine tuning and tweaking voltages and timings I may have gotten 355 MHz to post reliably.

With other P965 boards reaching FSB rates upwards of 450 MHz and beyond, this seems disappointing. However this is most likely due to the fact that our processor was the limiting factor, just as it was in our review of 2 Gigabyte Core 2 Duo motherboards. Perhaps in a future BIOS revision Foxconn will get multiplier adjustment working, and we can really find out how high this board can go.

As always, mileage will vary with overclocking.

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