Foxconn Destroyer nForce 780a Reviewajmatson - November 11, 2008
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With the boom of chipsets for the AMD processor platform many features are available for you unlike before. In the past you were limited on what you could run but now you have many options that will get you the most powerful system you desire. NVIDIA keeping up with the times launched a new SLI chipset for the AMD processors aimed taking the user base by storm. This new chipset is the GeForce 780a which also brings the new Hybrid SLI technology to the table with integrated video and the ability to run a Multi-GPU system.
Enter the Foxconn Destroyer. The Destroyer is built around the NVIDIA GeForce 780a SLI chipset for maximum gaming speed. Foxconn takes everything gamers could want or need and packs it into a great package that will get anyone with an AMD AM2/AM2+ processor drooling for one.
The Foxconn Destroyer comes enclosed in a very large box. This is probably the largest motherboard package I have ever received which gets me drooling to see what is inside. The front side of the box has the logo that Foxconn has designated for the motherboard which is a "Destroyer" ship with the logo. On the back side Foxconn has highlighted some of the features such as the Hybrid SLI. If you take the front of the package and flip it up there is an inner section also. Inside here you have a picture of the motherboard and has cutouts so that you can get a glimpse of special parts of the Destroyer.
Pulling out the inner case you can see that this board is packed with a lot of goodies. This has to be the most extensive bundle I have received with a motherboard and the accessories are a great variety. Foxconn includes everything you could possibly need when building your system and then some. The accessories are included in two boxes seated under the motherboard. Inside are six SATA cables, an IDE cable, a Floppy cable, the IO shield plate, an optical audio bracket, a USB/Firewire bracket, three different SLI bridges which depend on setup, motherboard standoffs, six Foxconn case badges, a set of dogtags with the board series number, a 120mm fan and graphics card adapter, the Northbridge heatsink pipe, the driver CD, and the manuals.
One accessory I would like to show you is the motherboard tray that is included with the Destroyer. This allows you to set up your system without putting it in a case for benchmarking or testing. Just screw in the standoffs and place the motherboard on top to secure it into place. This accessory is a plus because if there is a problem it is easy to get to and fix.
Now that everything is out of the box let's take a closer look at the board itself.