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Foxconn Destroyer nForce 780a Review

ajmatson    -   November 11, 2008
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Specifications:

 

CPU:
AMD Phenom™FX, Phenom™, Athlon™ 64x2, Athlon™ 64, Sempron™ processors, Socket AM2 and AM2+.
Chipset:
NVIDIA® nForce 780a SLI
Front Side Bus:
5.2 GT/s HyperTransport™
Memory:
Dual channel DDR2 1066/800/667/533 x 4 DIMMs, Max. 8GB
VGA on DIE:
Integrated
Expansion Slots:
4* PCIe2.0 x16, 1* PCIe2.0 x1, 1* PCI
IDE:
1* ATA133
Serial ATA(SATA)/RAID:
6* SATAII + 2* eSATA w / RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, JBOD
Audio:
7.1 channel HDA by Realtek® ALC885, rated at an impressive 100dB SNR
LANl:
Dual Gigabit LAN by Broadcom® BCM5786 and BCM5788
IEEE 1394:
IEEE1394
Back Panel I/O Ports:
1 x PS/2 keyboard port
1 x PS/2 mouse port
2 x eSATA ports
1 x IEEE1394a port
1 x DVI-D port
1 x Audio jack supports 6 jacks
6 x USB 2.0 ports
2 x RJ45 LAN ports
1 x VGA port
Internal I/O Connectors:
1 x ATX 24-Pin power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 x 4-pin Smart CPU FAN connector
2 x 3-pin Smart System FAN connectors
2 x 3-pin Smart FAN connectors
3 x Onboard On/Off/CMOS reset buttons
1 x Floppy disk drive connector
1 x CD-in connector
1 x Front Audio header
3 x USB 2.0 headers support additional 6 ports
6 x Serial ATAII connector
1 x ATA133 IDE connector
1 x Onboard power_LED
1 x IEEE1394a header
1 x S/PDIF out header
1 x COM1 header
1 x IrDA header
1 x Speaker
BIOS Features:
8Mb flash EEPROM w/ LAN boot PnP, ACPI, WfM,
Support CD:
Drivers, Direct X Adobe Reader, SuperUtilities, Norton Internet Security
Standards/Manageability:
PCI 2.3, USB2.0, DMI 2.5
Special Features:
* Dual Channel DDR2 1066MHz support with AM2+ socket Phenom™ processors
* 3-way SLI™ capability
* 4* PCIe x16 Gen2.0 slots with 4-way graphics option
* Hybrid SLI™ technology with GeForce® Boost and HybridPower™
* Quantum BIOS for unrivalled fine-tuning and OC operation
* 7.1 channel HD audio with Low ESR capacitors for improved audio performance
* Twin BIOS enables easy re-flashing and guards against BIOS loss
Quantum Flow and Quantum Lap unique accessories
* 100% SOLID Capacitor design and Ferrite Choke power delivery ensure a stable basis for overclocking and increased reliability
Form Factor:
ATX (12" x 9.6")

 

 

Features:

  • Supports AMD® PhenomTM FX  and PhenomTM processors Supports latest AMD® PhenomTMFX, PhenomTM, AthlonTM64 FX, AthlonTM  64X2, AthlonTM 64, SempronTM processors with Hyper Transport 3.0 interface, up to 5.2GT/S running at 2.6GHz. It's the ideal engine for highly threaded entertainment applications and highly productive multitasking
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  • NVIDIA® 780a SLI Chipset
    NVIDIA® 780a SLI Chipset supports the latest AMD multi-core processors with HT3.0 interface and its record breaking performance and greater energy efficiency. NVIDIA® 780a SLI Chipset  with optimized system memory capabilities, chipset over-speed protection removed for maximum overclocking, providing faster boot and application load times and additional power savings. NVIDIA® 780a SLI Chipset also offer options for DDR2 1066 memory support, providing scalable options for users wanting to take advantage of higher memory performance with less power consumption to run next generation applications such as high-definition video and 3D visualization
    Note:Please check our CPU compatibility table for full details

  • Dual Channel DDR2 1066
    Supports Dual Channel DDR2 1066/800/667/533MHz, 8GB Max. memory which unlocks more performance when overclocking CPU with memory, by removing the bottleneck between memory and system bus.
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  • Accelerated HD graphics performance
    Destroyer includes new technologies designed to further boost the performance of installed graphics cards, and enable playback of HD video content.
    GeForce® Boost turbocharges the performance of GeForce® graphics cards by utilizing the onboard GeForce® GPU in tandem with installed graphics cards. The integrated GPU also features PureVideo HD technology which combines high-definition video decode acceleration and post-processing to deliver unprecedented picture clarity, smooth video, accurate color, and precise image scaling for movies and video. PureVideo HD includes required content protection circuitry (HDCP) for playing the new Blu-ray and HD DVD movies at the highest quality possible, and is directly integrated with the leading HD movie software players.
    HybridPower™ saves energy and reduces noise from your PC by disabling installed graphics cards when they are not needed, and re-activating them for graphics-intensive applications such as gaming.

  • 2-way, 3-way SLI or 4-way graphics firepower
    With 4* PCIe2.0 x16 slots, Destroyer includes multiple options for graphics configurations, including 3-way SLI™ support or 4-way graphics. Multi-graphics configurations present enthusiasts and with huge boosts in graphics performance, with 3-way SLI™ providing up to 2.8x the performance capability of a single graphics card and catering for extreme HD resolutions of 2560x1600 at truly playable frame rates.

  • PCIe Generation 2.0 support
    PCI Express Gen2.0 technology doubles the available aggregate bandwidth between PCIe Generation 2 cards and the motherboard. This means a Gen2.0 16-lane (x16) link can provide up to 16GB/s of bandwidth, 8GB/s in each direction. PCIe Gen2.0 is backwards compatible, and so existing PCIe “Gen1” cards can be plugged into Gen2.0 slots. PCI Express Gen2.0 technology doubles the available aggregate bandwidth between PCIe Generation 2 cards and the motherboard. This means a Gen2.0 16-lane (x16) link can provide up to 16GB/s of bandwidth, 8GB/s in each direction. PCIe Gen2.0 is backwards compatible, and so existing PCIe “Gen1” cards can be plugged into Gen2.0 slots.

  • Quantum BIOS
    Quantum BIOS provides new features and enhancements for overclocking including context-driven menus, more detailed memory configurations and enhanced quad-core overclocking support
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  • 4in1 Quantum Cooler
    The unique all-copper modular designed 4in1 Quantum Cooler enables effective cooling of the NB, SB and VRM areas. Swap out the NB parts to configure it for air, water or more extreme forms of cooling!
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  • 8 phase Digital PWM
    8 phase Digital PWM provides more robust power delivery, standing up to the demands of enthusiasts and overclockers. This finely-tuned digital power management system operates with better power efficiency, a faster and more stable response to changes in power consumption, and higher output current capability to support extreme overclocking.

  • New audio technology
    -Destroyer includes a new audio solution using Low ESR Metallized Polyster Film capacitors to deliver greater sound clarity and audio fidelity.
    Onboard 7.1 channel HD Audio with Low ESR Metallized Polyster Film capacitors delivers greater sound clarity and audio fidelity.
    -The onboard audio circuits use metallized polyster film capacitors with low ESR to improve audio quality and reduce interference. These components are widely used in high-end audio equipment.
    -ESR (Equivalent Series Resistance) is the degree to which natural resistance occurs in a capacitor, generating heat and resulting in failure or distortion of signals. The use of low ESR capacitors in audio circuits reduces occurrences of electrical noise and improves frequency response - especially in the higher audio ranges of 20-48KHz.

  • AEGIS Panel
    AEGIS Panel is a Windows based innovation tool to provide monitoring system information about fan speeds, temperatures, voltages CPU Clock, etc. It also quick and easy overclocking options, with a range of frequency and voltage adjustments.

  • 100% SOLID Capacitor & Ferrite Choke Design
    Foxconn’s 100% SOLID Capacitor design improves component reliability, by replacing electrolytic capacitors with solid versions; this removes the risk of capacitor failure damaging the PCB and surrounding components, whilst improving overall system performance and stability. Solid capacitors are much more durable than standard electrolytic versions, typically lasting around 6 times longer and withstanding higher operating temperatures.

  • Ferrite Choke
    Ferrite Choke design improves power delivery to the motherboard. By using an iron-oxide core, the Ferrite Choke design can hold energy at a higher frequency than traditional iron cores, resulting in less power loss, and more stability and performance capability for your system, especially when under heavy loading.

  • Unique accessories for enthusiasts
    - Quantum Lap makes it easy to get to grips with your new system configuration, straight out of the packaging! Assemble the 4 screw legs and set-up your system with ease on the Quantum Lap motherboard tray.
    - Quantum Flow is a highly configurable and effective VGA cooling solution, which greatly improves airflow around multi-GPU systems loweringgraphics card operating temperatures by around 5°C.
    - The 120mm blue-LED fan with custom mounting bracket is easy to install – either by screw-mounting or using the double-sided tape included.

  • Special Features
    -Conveniently store OC settings in 4 different profiles, and easily switch between them. In event of OC failure, will automatically revert to last OC profile.
    -If OC attempt fail, will automatically recover last good setting, to ensure system protection.
    -Easily reset CMOS on the workbench, when recovering from failed overclock attempt.
    -On/off/reset buttons are located directly on the motherboard PCB, so you can easily start and reset your system whilst testing it on the workbench.
    -Quickly and easily update your system and drivers through the easy Windows-based FoxLiveUpdate utility.

 




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