Thursday, August 30th 2007

Foxconn Unleashes the Power with MARS

Foxconn today officially announced the launch of its first true overclocking motherboard; MARS will be the first in a new product line called Quantum Force, which will be dedicated to overclocking and gaming enthusiasts. Based on the Intel P35 chipset, MARS has been specially tuned for overclocking performance, and has undergone extensive testing and trials by some of the world’s leading overclockers before release to retail customers in September.


One reason for the great overclocking potential of MARS is the Gladiator BIOS. Specially developed for the Quantum Force product series, it is both user friendly and provides powerful OC options. BIOS features include a voltage multiplier for accessing a much wider range of voltage settings, advanced memory timing configuration and instant overclocking options for novices.

Quantum Force product series
The Quantum Force product series will deliver high-performance products for enthusiasts and gamers, with better value for money, and more focus on user feedback throughout the development process.

“Quantum Force is not just about a new product line, it is also a complete philosophy about how we develop our products” claims Quantum Force product manager Greta Kuo.

“We have developed a design manifesto we call SWORD, which focuses on delivering more performance capability with better value for money, whilst listening to the feedback of real enthusiasts.”

Users can find out more about the Quantum Force Manifesto at http://www.quantum-force.net which will launch in early September and includes a product registration function, access to Beta BIOS downloads, forums, tutorials, competitions and a range of video and interactive content for enthusiasts.

“Quantum-Force.net is going to be a great home for our products on the internet, and a really interesting place for enthusiasts to visit and learn more about our products and philosophy. Whether you are looking for overclocking advice, Beta BIOS downloads, help solving technical problems or you want to show off your own overclocking talents on our Power Wall, I would recommend all enthusiasts to visit this website” claims Greta Kuo

Speed and stability at the centre
“Our SWORD design philosophy begins with ‘Speed and stability at the centre’; so we engineer our products with this in mind. MARS is a very stable platform not just because of the BIOS quality, but also the hardware design… this ranges from our PCB layout techniques (which are not obvious to most users), to hardware components such as Cool Pipe or our 100% SOLID Capacitor policy and use of high-quality Ferrite Chokes in the power delivery circuits. However, our main focus has been on the BIOS, which is of course the most important tool for the enthusiast.”

User friendly features
MARS has been designed to make it easier to unleash the power from your PC. An onboard CMOS clear button is positioned on the PCB alongside on/off/reset buttons. BIOS features such as OC Gear (which allows you to store OC profiles) and OC Recover (which automatically recovers to last good setting after a failure), make overclocking more convenient.

”We’ve also laid out the BIOS menu as logically as possible, and made it easier to find and access advanced settings, whilst warning novice users about potentially dangerous selections for voltages” according to Kuo.

The convenient Windows-based AEGIS Panel utility provides a simple interface for monitoring system temperatures, voltages and fan speeds, and setting up warnings if temperatures get too high.

Pricing & Availability
MARS will be available in the channel from Early September, price detail please contact our local office.Source: Foxconn
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18 Comments on Foxconn Unleashes the Power with MARS

#1
mullered07
sounds really good, cant wait to see some real tests and of course prices :toast:
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#2
DrunkenMafia
Have never really heard of any good boards coming from foxconn before... I hope for them its a good one...
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#3
Wile E
Power User
by: DrunkenMafia
Have never really heard of any good boards coming from foxconn before... I hope for them its a good one...
Really? They have some great boards. A few that are great clockers as well.
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#4
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
looks like DFI has a little competition going. but before we go any further lets see some benchmarks!
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#5
Ketxxx
Heedless Psychic
I'm buying one. The board looks rock solid reliable, and if the BIOS can live up to the hype its being given, all should be good. At a guestimation I bet the board will cost about £130.
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#6
HookeyStreet
Eat, sleep, game!
by: DrunkenMafia
Have never really heard of any good boards coming from foxconn before... I hope for them its a good one...
Foxconn have made some really good, cheap motherboards that overclock great :rockout:

BTW, Foxconn makes a lot of components for other companies too. Chances are, if you look closely, you will see the Foxconn symbol on a component on your current mobo ;)
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#7
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
by: HookeyStreet
Foxconn have made some really good, cheap motherboards that overclock great :rockout:

BTW, Foxconn makes a lot of components for other companies too. Chances are, if you look closely, you will see the Foxconn symbol on a component on your current mobo ;)
Correct....Foxconn usually only supplies OEMS to system builders such as Dell or some other much or less reputable company.

now you know why your OEM built pc always dies lol
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#8
Namslas90
by: FreedomEclipse
Correct....Foxconn usually only supplies OEMS to system builders such as Dell or some other much or less reputable company.

now you know why your OEM built pc always dies lol
No record setting mobos, but some realy good stable overclockers. All of the realy good OEM Foxconn boards also have a retail version.
Most of the times it's not the Foxconn OEM mobo that goes bad, but the cheap OEM PSU that blows the chipset when it goes.

:toast:
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#9
erocker
My girlfriends Mac G4 uses a foxconn board.
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#10
jocksteeluk
id expect to see those boards feature in the xps dell systems sometime soon.
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#11
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Foxconn makes a nice 680i board, so they do make some good quality boards. They are following Asus in the ROG board series.
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#12
Ketxxx
Heedless Psychic
Bump because this mobo rules and ppl need to post links for retail reviews when their about :D
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#13
Grings
This does look cool, and im already sold on foxconn, my nf4 is great, and second only to the dfi expert for speed (3 ghz on a 165 at 9x or 8x multi), if this really is their first 'true' overclocking board, it's gonna be superb
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#14
Ketxxx
Heedless Psychic
I think as good as the board seems, Foxconn should consider changing the vmem default value from 1.8 to 2v, otherwise they could experience a lot of memory compatibility problems due to the board feeding too little voltage to high end memory.
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Wile E
Power User
by: Ketxxx
I think as good as the board seems, Foxconn should consider changing the vmem default value from 1.8 to 2v, otherwise they could experience a lot of memory compatibility problems due to the board feeding too little voltage to high end memory.
Yeah, but the same can be said of any mobo out there. Plus, if some of the ram manufacturers knew about it, they might not honor the warranty on their 1.8v or 1.9v ram, if a person is using this board. Not saying any of them would for sure, but it opens up the possibility.
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#16
Ravenas
Nice looking heat sinks. I don't like the placement of the 1x PCI-E
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#17
Chewy
Hopefully this does just as well as the asus blitz boards for less :P

I really like the looks of it!
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#18
malware
Here's a nice review of the MARS ES motherboard: http://www.tbreak.com/reviews/article.php?id=524
We overclocked the Engineering Sample and were quite happy to see a stable 515MHz FSB at 1.375V from Mars which is even faster than the ASUS Blitz- beating all other motherboard that we tested so far.
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