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Foxconn BlackOps X48 Motherboard

Based on the Intel X48 Express chipset, the BlackOps is Foxconn's ultimate motherboard for the Intel LGA775 platform. They threw everything but the kitchen sink into this motherboard, making it their ultimate X48 motherboard and possibly one of the best in the market.

If you are interested in extreme overclocking and tweaking options in the BIOS, built-in water-cooling and/or extreme cooling options as well as enthusiast-level features like 100% solid capacitors and 8-phase digital PWM, then this is a motherboard you must consider.

In this review, we will take a look at the Foxconn BlackOps X48 motherboard and show you what it offers the discerning enthusiast. To find out more, read our Comprehensive Review!

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Comprehensive Review

Model

• Foxconn BlackOps

CPU Socket

• Intel Socket T (LGA775)

Chipset

• Intel X48 Express
• Intel ICH9R

Supported Processors

• Intel Core 2 Extreme
• Intel Core 2 Quad
• Intel Core 2 Duo
• Intel Pentium Dual-Core
• Intel Celeron Dual-Core
• Intel Pentium 4 Extreme Edition
• Intel Pentium D
• Intel Pentium 4

Intel 45nm Processor Support

• Yes

ATI CrossFireX Support

• Yes

Front Side Bus Speed Support

• 2000 MHz (overclocked)
• 1600 MHz
• 1333 MHz
• 1066 MHz
• 800 MHz

Memory Type Support

• Four DDR3 240-pin DIMM slots
• Dual-channel support
• Maximum 8 GB

Memory Speeds

• DDR3-1600
• DDR3-1333
• DDR3-1066
• DDR3-800
• DDR3-667

Expansion Slots

• 3 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots
• 3 x PCI slots

Storage Connectivity Options

• 6 x SATA II ports
• 2 x eSATA ports
• 1 x ATA-133 port
• 2 x 1394a (Firewire) port

Storage Capabilities

• RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 support
• Intel Matrix RAID support
• Intel Rapid Recover Technology

Audio Solution

• SONAR audio daughter card
• Realtek ALC885 audio chip
• 7.1 channel audio output

Network Connectivity Options

• Dual Gigabit LAN ports
• One Broadcom 5786 PCI Express LAN chip
• One Broadcom 5788 PCI LAN chip

USB Connectivity

• 12 USB 2.0 ports (6 rear ports, 3 motherboard headers)

Internal I/O Connectors

• 1 x ATX 24-pin power connector
• 1 x ATX 8-pin 12V power connector
• 1 x 4-pin CPU fan connector
• 2 x 3-pin system/north bridge fan connectors
• 2 x 3-pin fan power connectors
• 1 x Floppy drive connector
• 1 x IrDA header
• 1 x COM header
• 3 x USB 2.0 connectors
• 3 x Onboard On/Off/CMOS reset buttons
• 6 x Serial ATA II connectors
• 1 x Front panel connector
• 1 x Onboard power LED
• 1 x ATA-133 IDE connector
• 1 x IEEE1394a header
• 1 x Buzzer

BIOS Features

• 8 MB Flash EEPROM
• LAN Boot ROM
• PnP, ACPI, WfM, DMI 2.0 support

Special Features

• Foxconn Quantum BIOS
• Foxconn 4-in-1 Quantum Cooler
• 8-phase digital PWM
• 100% solid capacitors
• Ferrite choke design
• On/off/reset buttons on motherboard PCB

Form Factor

• ATX (12" x 9.6")

Bundled Accessories

• Quantum Lap motherboard tray
• Quantum Flow VGA cooling solution
• Extension tower for the Quantum Cooler
• SONAR daughter card
• Motherboard manual
• BIOS & driver CD
• RAID/AHCI driver floppy disk
• SATA and power cables
• Spacers

Free Gifts

• 6 x Quantum Force tattoos
• 1 x Quantum Force dogtags
• 1 x Quantum Force sticker

 

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