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..:: 945P7AA-8EKRS2 Conclusion ::..

Overall Iíd have to say that I was neither disappointed nor elated by the product package of the 945P7AA-8EKRS2. Iíd say that, from the looks of this package, Foxconn has pulled in the reigns a little when it comes to product inclusions. We found this to be true as well with their i955X offering, which featured fewer inclusions than did their i925XE offering. That was, and still is, one of the best products Iíve dealt with as far as hardware inclusions go. The 945P7AA-8EKRS2 follows the standard set of included hardware and software you see on most mid-range products.

When you take into account the number of headers, connectors, and chips that had to be thrown onto one ATX sized motherboard, it should be a surprise to see such an excellent layout. Iíve said these exact words time and time again, and Foxconn has always proven me wrong. Foxconn has constantly provided some of the cleanest PCB designs Iíve come across. BY no means are the perfect, but on boards supporting as many features, totally ergonomic designs are hard to come by, if ever found. My main gripe with this board is similar to others from Foxconn, I thought it was missing was an additional fan power connector for a rear exhaust fan.

The Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 ships with a typical BIOS in that it doesnít offer much more, or much less than the average mid-range product on the market. Weíve seen this BIOS in its variations many times before, and if youíre looking for some added ompf with timings and voltages, look at the 955X7AA-8EKRS2 instead. Overall, this BIOS isnít anything to write home about for an enthusiast, but it will suit the average userís needs well.

In the end, Foxconn met our expectations with the 945P7AA-8EKRS2. The main part of this product that was disappointing was the continued regression back to a more simplistic product package. Given that this is a mid-range product, this can be forgotten given that most of Foxconnís competition has done the same. The overclocking and tweaking options are decent for this type of product. If youíre looking for an overclocking i945P board, this clearly wouldnít be the top choice. Performance overall was actually a little better than I had initially expected. The 945P7AA-8EKRS2 consistently held its ground against the i955X boards, and managed to overtake Intelís D955XBK in several of the key benchmarks. If youíre looking for stability, and a mid-level overclocking board, give the Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 a good look, it certainly wonít break the bank.