Motherboards for computer enthusiasts are a small but very important part of high yield market. Statistical studies show that the proportion of so-called DFI is from 5 to 10 (the most optimistic projections) percent of users. It is these users are more literate in computer hardware, and it is their largest manufacturers target high-end products.
Also, it should be noted that the number of computer enthusiasts "includes those who are not engaged in" acceleration ", but actively to track trends in the development platforms, and thereby becoming the first news. Thus, the number of "advanced" users of the notorious far exceeds 5%.
Manufacturers spend large force platform that would win the acceptance of these people, make some credibility. It is the user satisfaction is the main objective of producers. It has not only become the next charge of the company, but razreklamiruet brand and all their friends, colleagues and visitors to the various conferences.
No reputation is much easier to lose than to win it. As an example, one manufacturer of motherboards, which vzduvalis capacitors module nutrition. A single puncture, and the company (not facing the best of times), now in its second year, is spending a lot of effort to explain that the situation did not happen again (because all this time, they are using 100% Japanese capacitors). But skepticism among users of remains.
It should also be noted that at present, the competition among manufacturers of motherboards is very high. And to develop boards with a good potential for the dispersal takes a lot of resources. And not every company can afford such a permit. Among the first-tier manufacturers can be identified ASUS company whose board, with rare exceptions, are on board disperse a large number of functions, and the results show very high. No fewer functions overclocking, and the fee is Gigabyte, and MSI, but the practical results disperse slightly lower (though, and found very good products). Elitegroup The company has long maintained a total rejection of the concept of support "disperse". But recently the situation has changed, and virtually all recent motherboards these features are present in full.
Second-tier manufacturers constantly experiencing various difficulties. And for them critically important to maintain its reputation, as well as the constant care of the needs of computer enthusiasts. So companies like DFI, Abit Epox and this is still possible, we note that in our surveys. For example fee DFI nF4 SLI-DR motherboard has a better parent for AMD processors in 2005, a fee Epox 9GF6100-M far ahead (in the dispersal of) all other charges at the chipset NVIDIA GeForce 61506100.
Now look at the company's products Foxconn. Since then, as the manufacturer has motherboards on the market under its name more than two years. The first payment had not Foxconn functions disperse, and were like cheap OEM products under its brand. Quite quickly appeared on the Boards support overclocking, but it brought real benefit only on high-end models. For example Boards i915 chipset to enable more frequent FSB from 200 MHz to 216 MHz, while the fee for i925X chipset worked quite stable at a frequency FSB = 312 MHz (320 MHz against the best from the board of another manufacturer). A similar situation was and with the next generation of chipsets: 220 MHz for cards with the i945, and 277 MHz on the board with i955X chipset.
That we talk a bit later, and now a detailed look at the primary feature of this board - additional FoxOne chip. This chip, as such it (Abit mGuru, MSI CoreCell) are designed to enhance the functional capabilities motherboard. Tasks solve these chips are similar: it is, above all, dynamic overclocking, system monitoring, power management and management speed fans. Typically, these chips work with a special utility that allows you to set up a system directly from Windows.
This program can contact the site itself Foxconn and implement all the steps to update with minimal user involvement.
Overall, the new brand Foxconn utilities look fairly interesting and attractive, but unfortunately, not without some drawbacks. Some features work with roughness, and in some places feel the lack of functionality (for example, it is not possible to collapse the program tray).
I remember with regret powerful utility Motherboard Monitor, which was able to do everything except cooking fried eggs. No policy of motherboard manufacturers, the concealment of information, did not allow the developer of the programme to issue new versions with support for modern boards. A system for monitoring their own utilities, all the producers and not enough in the sole of this utility.
Now look at the practical results disperse Foxconn 975X7AA on the board. In particular, the Intel Pentium Processor 660 (on the kernel Prescott 2M) system works stably at a frequency of 286 MHz FSB =:
These results are magnificent! By comparison, one of the best boards overklokerskih (ASUS P5WD2 Premium), with the same processors, worked at frequencies 296 MHz and 316 MHz respectively.
However, we are compelled to point out some shortcomings BIOS. In particular when installing processor Pentium 955 Extreme Edition (on the kernel Presler), payment was incorrectly set frequency FSB = 266 MHz, with an increase (or decrease) the frequency of 1 MHz - all worked correctly. However, these and similar "roughness" will be corrected in the next version bios.
Overall, the results show the ability to disperse Boards operate stably at high load. And even if the user is not going to do racing, it can assess the stability of the work of the board. The fact is that for overklokerskih card manufacturers are using high-quality components and modules are based on nutritional requirements worst. Consequently, operating at frequencies established, it is practically impossible to face the problem of instability processor, memory, PCI Express graphics card and other components. And given the fact that the price difference between the budget and high-end motherboard is in the region of $ 50, then you can conclude that this is a small fee for stable operation, the entire computer.