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Foxconn Destroyer nForce 780a Review

ajmatson    -   November 11, 2008
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Closer Look:

The BIOS I feel is the most important part of any computer system. Here you can change the computers hardware and even fix problems that might arise if you know how to use it. I am going to take you through the BIOS of the Foxconn Destroyer motherboard so you get a view of the options available to you and where they are. I am going to be breaking them down in sections according to the BIOS home screen so it will be easy to navigate on your system if needed.

 

Main Screen & System Information:

When you first enter the BIOS you are presented with a main menu screen. This is where you will navigate to all of the other options as you go deeper in the BIOS menus and also where you will save and exit your changes to the BIOS. The System Information tab allows you to view the current system settings and change options like: the date and time, and drive configurations for the IDE, SATA, and optical drives.

 

 

 

 

 

Advanced BIOS & Advanced Chipset Features:

In the Advanced BIOS section you can change boot options such as drive boot priority, numlock status and disabling the full screen logo. In the Advanced Chipset Features section there are options to enable the Onboard GPU and Hybrid SLI. You can also set the Onboard video frame buffer from 64MB to 512MB in preset increments and whether or not it is always active or not.

 

 

 

Integrated Peripherals:

This section is where all of the options for the integrated peripherals are contained. Some of the options available are how the IDE and SATA devices are handled such as the SATA using ACHI mode for hot-swap abilities or in RAID configurations. This is also the first board I have seen that has a built in Linux ACHI option for better kernel support with Linux operating systems. You can also change Controller modes and turn on or off devices like the onboard firewire (1394) controller or onboard audio.

 

 

 

 

Power Management & PC Health Status:

These two sections give you the ability to control how the computer handles the power to it and the suspend and wake features as well as allow you to monitor the health of the system during operation. Some of the items you can monitor are the voltages, system speeds, temperatures and fan speeds. You can also set smart fan controls and maximum temperature settings incase things might fail.

 

 

 




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Motherboard)
  3. Closer Look (The BIOS)
  4. Closer Look (The BIOS Continued)
  5. Closer Look (Drivers & Programs)
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  8. Testing: Apophysis & WinRAR
  9. Testing: Specview 10 & PcMark Vantage
  10. Testing: Sandra XII Professional
  11. Testing: Sciencemark, CineBench 10, & HD Tune
  12. Testing: Crysis
  13. Testing: Knights of the Sea
  14. Testing: BioShock
  15. Testing: Call of Duty 4
  16. Testing: World In Conflict
  17. Testing: Call of Juarez
  18. Testing: Company of Heroes - Opposing Fronts
  19. Testing: 3DMark06 Professional
  20. Conclusion
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