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Foxconn Intel Dual Core Motherboard Roundup
(945G7MA, 945P7AA and 955X7AA)

Manufacturer: Foxconn
Supplied by: Foxconn
Estimate Price: TBA

by Brian Tiller (8/01/05)

Introduction

Both Intel and AMD have released their dual-core CPU's.  Motherboard manufacturers have been hot to jump on the wagon and offer their latest and greatest new technology to the masses. Intel's dual-core chipsets are the 945 and 955, and like previous naming schemes, the 955 is going to be geared toward enthusiast. 

Today, thanks to the generous folks at Foxconn, we have a trio of dual-core motherboards to salivate over. With two of the motherboards based around the 945 chipset and one around the 955 chipset, we've got something here to fit most anyone out there looking for the cutting edge.

The two 945 based boards are the 945G7MA from their 'Compete' series and the 945P7AA from the 'Intense' series lineup. While both boards are have the 945 at their base, the 945G7MA has the added benefit of onboard video. The third board is the top dawg big daddy. Based on the 955 chipset, Foxconn's 955X7AA has everything but the kitchen sink thrown in. 

Let's take a quick look at the specs of these three boards before we get down to business.

Specifications

  Compete 945G7MA Intense 945P7AA 955X7AA
Socket Intel LGA775/Dual Core Intel LGA775/Dual Core Intel LGA775/Dual Core
Northbridge Intel 945G Intel 945P Intel 955X
Southbridge ICH7R ICH7 ICH7
Memory DDR2 533/667 up to 4GB DDR2 533/667 up to 4GB DDR2 533/667 up to 8GB
Expansion Slot 1 PCI-Express x16
1 PCI-Express x1
2 PCI
1 PCI-Express x16
2 PCI-Express x1
3 PCI
1 PCI-Express x16
3 PCI-Express x1
3 PCI
SATA 4 SATA 300 4 SATA x300 4 SATA x300
4 SATA x150
IDE 1 ATA 100
1 ATA 133
1 ATA 100
2 ATA 133
1 ATA 100
2 ATA 133
RAID Supports RAID 0,1,5 and 10
Supports IDE RAID
Supports RAID 0,1,5 and 10
Supports IDE RAID
Supports RAID 0,1,5 and 10
Supports IDE RAID
Audio Onboard 7.1 Channel Onboard 7.1 Channel Onboard 7.1 Channel
LAN 1 Integrated 10/100/1000 port Dual Integrated 10/100/1000 ports Dual Integrated 10/100/1000 ports
Additional Ports Onboard VGA
Onboard IEEE 1394
S/PDIF out
Onboard IEEE 1394
2x S/PDIF out
Expansion bracket for IEEE1394
USB 4 Onboard USB 2.0
Additional USB and IEEE headers on board.
4 Onboard USB 2.0
Additional USB and IEEE headers on board.
4 Onboard USB 2.0
Additional USB and IEEE headers on board.
Form Factor micro ATX ATX ATX
Graphics Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 controller N/A N/A

Let's take a quick look at each of these boards separately before we get down to business.
 

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