Foxconn Destroyer nForce 780a Reviewajmatson -
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As with the majority of motherboards Foxconn produces, this board looks very good with its color scheme and layout. Perfect for anyone with a window on their case wanting to show off their hard work. The front of the board is very spacious and laid out so that you can find everything very easily. The back of the board has an aluminum heat sink support bracket which supports the board from cracking when a heatsink is installed. There are also copper support brackets which attach to the heat sinks on the boards chipsets and voltage regulators to support them and also transfer more heat away from the critical parts of the motherboard.
The back panel of the Foxconn Destroyer is well featured just like the board itself. There are enough connections for any system users' needs. Starting from the top there is a lone PS/2 port for legacy devices, six USB 2.0 ports, a VGA port, a DVI port, a Firewire port, two eSATA ports, two Gigabit LAN port, and the analog audio ports. There is no HDMI or adapters included unfortunately.
The expansion slots on the Foxconn Destroyer allow you to add multiple video cards for a true multi-GPU system. The top red slot is the default slot for a single card configuration and will operate at x16 speeds with one card inserted. To enable two-way SLI the cards must be inserted into both of the red slots and each one will run at x16 speeds. In a three-way SLI combination both red slots and one of the blue slots will be populated. The speeds will be x16/x8/x8 respectively. For those true hardcore gamers four cards can be added for a four-way SLI system and each slot will run at x8 speeds. Remember these slots are PCI Express Gen 2.0 so the bandwidth is almost doubled from Gen 1.0 slots so the cut in bus lines will not make much of a difference. There is also one PCI Express x1 and one Legacy PCI slots included for expansion cards other that graphics.
Moving on down to the bottom of the board we get to the headers on the Destroyer motherboard. Foxconn has included everything from new device support to old school legacy device support for any of your needs. Starting from the bottom left there is the front panel audio header, a CD-IN header, a SPDIF header used for the optical bracket, a COM header, one Firewire header, three USB 2.0 headers supporting up to six more ports, the Front Panel headers, six SATA ports with two running in ACHI mode only, a speaker header, a floppy port and one IDE port. If you look closer by the front panel headers you will notice three different colored buttons. These are the power, reset, and clear CMOS buttons for easier operation when working inside the case and overclocking.
Moving on to the top of the board is the CPU area. There is a lot of room to work in and their should be no problems installing larger heatsinks for better cooling. This board supports AMD AM2 and AM2+ processors from the Sempron to the latest Phenom's. The board supports HyperTransport 3.0 with up to 5.2 GT/s. The Destroyer has four memory slots and can run up to 8GB of DDR2 memory with a max speed of 1066MHz.
The Destroyer uses a combination of heatsinks and heatpipes to provide the cooling and are all made from copper for better thermal transfer. The heatsink of the Northbridge is where the optional cooling extension gets installed to aid in airflow. The heatsinks are a fin design which allows air to pass over them and carry away heat efficiently.
Foxconn also added another item to aid in the cooling. There is an additional heatsink that can be attatched to the Northbridge heatsink to keep that chip cooler during intense operation. To install you remove the top of the stock heatsink and secure the optional heatsink with the four included screws. A thermal interface is included to achieve optimal conductivity. The downfall to using this heatsink is it interfere with IDE and floppy cables if you use them and airflow can be blocked making this attachment useless in a cramped case.
Now let's boot her up and take a look at the BIOS.