Foxconn Destroyer nForce 780a Reviewajmatson - November 11, 2008
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Foxconn always makes it very simple to install all of the software and drivers that they include with their motherboards. When the CD is inserted into the computer a menu system will pop up giving you access to what you need in groups. There are several tabs that lead you to what you need to install. The first tab is where you can select the drivers to install for the motherboard and the chipset drivers including the driver for Hybrid SLI. The second tab is the software tab and has programs such as Foxconn's Aegis panel for overclocking, Fox Live Update, Fox DMI, Fox Logo, and Norton Internet Security. The third tab is to Create RAID driver floppy disks for the JMICRON chip and are available for 32 and 64-bit systems. The fourth tab will bring you to Foxconn's website for any support issues you might have. The last tab lets you browse the CD to manually install any drivers or software.
Foxconn Aegis Panel:
The Aegis panel is designed to allow you to overclock your system and control your clock speeds and voltages all from within Windows for easy overclocking management on the go. There are three pop out windows on the Aegis panel where you make changes. The left panel is where you alter the system voltages for stability, the right panel shows the current voltages and the power output from the power supplie's rails, and the bottom panel is where you can adjust the CPU speed and the PCI Express bus speed. While playing with the Aegis panel I was able to successfully overclock the system to 2750MHz by upping the CPU voltage to 1.45v and adjusting the CPU Speed to 220MHz. Unfortunately the Aegis program does not allow you to adjust the multiplier on a processor for higher overclocks and anything over 220MHz the system would crash.
Fox DMI, Live Update, & Logo:
These programs allows you to change and update items on your system. The Fox DMI is an easy to use DMI viewer to view your system and hardware information. The Fox Live Update program makes it easy to find, download, and install the latest BIOS available for your board from the Foxconn servers, and finally the Fox Logo program allows you to make and use a custom boot up screen for your computer.
Now that everything is installed and configured let's get on to the testing phase.