Sunday, March 2nd 2008

Foxconn ELA P45 Motherboard Unveiled

Foxconn "ELA" P45 will be typical representative of a high-end Intel motherboard powered by Intel's P45 performance chipset paired with the ICH10R south bridge. As seen in the pictures and board specs, the "ELA" P45 will support the latest 45nm Intel Core 2 processors with FSB up to 1333MHz, up to 8GB of 1066MHz DDR2 memory and three PCI-e 2.0 16x graphics slots. The board's design and color scheme does not differ much from other Foxconn products. The remaining part of the lies beneath.

Source: DH
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24 Comments on Foxconn ELA P45 Motherboard Unveiled

#1
Darknova
A P45 with DDR2....interesting...
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#2
Nicksterr
sweet, can't wait for more p45's, especially from gigabyte
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#3
HousERaT
"three PCI-e 2.0 16x" :cool:
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#4
Darknova
by: HousERaT
"three PCI-e 2.0 16x" :cool:
The P45 only supports 16 lanes, so 3 PCI-E....maybe one at 8x, and 2 at 4x.
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#5
Ravenas
This mobo would be rock solid with 3 way sli. Say maybe 3 9600gt palit cards.
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#6
trog100
by: Darknova
The P45 only supports 16 lanes, so 3 PCI-E....maybe one at 8x, and 2 at 4x.
the p35 does but not knowing exactly what a p45 is i wouldnt know for sure but it does say 3 x 16..

trog
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#7
trog100
foxcon are also setting out to wrestle asus for the top spot.. so whatever they do has to be good..

trog
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#8
OnBoard
Like how the NB is lined up with CPU socket, so you can use a tower cooler to move air over it too.
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#9
ShadowFold
by: trog100
foxcon are also setting out to wrestle asus for the top spot.. so whatever they do has to be good..

trog
I really enjoy my FoxConn P35A right now :) It didnt except my old Xp disc but I got it goin with XP Pro X64 :rockout:
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#10
Nitro-Max
foxconn make pretty solid boards for reliability this one looks awsome i bet it carrys a nice price tag too compared to other top brands be interesting to see how much this goes for.
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#11
Frogger
I'd like to see how that cooler runs on the NB ...looks a bit small
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#12
happita
Foxconn has been making a name for themselves as of late. Better keep an eye out for em Asus and DFI.
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#13
Mussels
Moderprator
by: Frogger
I'd like to see how that cooler runs on the NB ...looks a bit small
asus used a VERY similar design on the board i have. The heatpipe is key, as it gets quite hot. Fine for stock use, but needs a fan/airflow (which the STOCK cpu cooler normally provides) when OCing.
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#14
tvdang7
wtf i just got a p35 last week.....
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#15
tkpenalty
Whoa. 8 Phase power with small chokes... NICE! All in a row too! Kudos to Foxconn, for making something similar to a BTX implementation. One of the best board designs i've seen, for cable management, I like the CPU socket positioning too.
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#16
farlex85
No native 1600fsb support? That seems odd.
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#17
TheLostSwede
The P45 chipset only has a total of 16 PCIe lanes for graphics and the IDT chip is a clear indication of the bandwidth being split up. So if you're going to use all three slots you end up with x8, x4 and x4. The P45 is unlikely to support SLI, as Nvidia doesn't want to share SLI with anyone, so forget about running SLI on it. P45 supports DDR2 so not so strange. Boards with the chipset should be available in April or May, but the official launch is unlikely to be until Computex in early June.
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#18
tkpenalty
by: TheLostSwede
The P45 chipset only has a total of 16 PCIe lanes for graphics and the IDT chip is a clear indication of the bandwidth being split up. So if you're going to use all three slots you end up with x8, x4 and x4. The P45 is unlikely to support SLI, as Nvidia doesn't want to share SLI with anyone, so forget about running SLI on it. P45 supports DDR2 so not so strange. Boards with the chipset should be available in April or May, but the official launch is unlikely to be until Computex in early June.
That IDT chip probably adds more lanes... Good to see foxconn using its overwhelming manpower.
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#19
TheLostSwede
Ok, since you're so clever, how do you add lanes from nothing?
It doesn't work like that, even Nvidia's "magical" n200 chip doesn't do that.
If you knew shit about what you're talking about, then you could add a clever comment next time.
http://www.idt.com/?id=162 <- That's the kind of products IDT makes and even in the case of the n200, you can't create something out of thin air. The n200 communicates with the chipset via a x16 PCIe interface, hence the dual x16 PCIe slots on say a 780i board, only has 16 lanes worth of bandwidth in total. Currently there's no bottle neck doing this, but what happens when you add a pair of 9800 GX2 cards? Each of those cards have an n200 chip as well, which means that you're taking 16 lanes of bandwidth and splitting it 3 times...
In this case you're simply just getting a x8 and two x4 slots.
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#20
Darknova
by: TheLostSwede
Ok, since you're so clever, how do you add lanes from nothing?
It doesn't work like that, even Nvidia's "magical" n200 chip doesn't do that.
If you knew shit about what you're talking about, then you could add a clever comment next time.
http://www.idt.com/?id=162 <- That's the kind of products IDT makes and even in the case of the n200, you can't create something out of thin air. The n200 communicates with the chipset via a x16 PCIe interface, hence the dual x16 PCIe slots on say a 780i board, only has 16 lanes worth of bandwidth in total. Currently there's no bottle neck doing this, but what happens when you add a pair of 9800 GX2 cards? Each of those cards have an n200 chip as well, which means that you're taking 16 lanes of bandwidth and splitting it 3 times...
In this case you're simply just getting a x8 and two x4 slots.
There is no need to attack him like that.

You could have kindly explained what you meant.

And I do agree with you there, you can't get lanes out of no where, and as far as I'm aware there is no chip that can do that.

I do however feel that I was wrong in my earlier comment about the P45 supporting only 16 lanes. I think it would be closer to 20, mainly because the P35 has a 16x and a 4x slow (20 lanes), and the P45 can have either 1 16x slot, or 2 8x slots, so it needs extra lanes to cover any other PCI-E slots on the board, so if there are 3 PCI-E slots, I would think the layout would be 8x - 8x - 4x and no other PCI-E slots usable.
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#21
Mussels
Moderprator
by: TheLostSwede
Ok, since you're so clever, how do you add lanes from nothing?
imagination and alcohol. :toast:

while you make a fair point, you make it in a bit of a nasty way at the start. he said probably, which means he had doubts himself and was merely pointing out a possibility.
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#22
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Wasn't P45 supposed to be just an improved P35 with PCI-E 2.0, official FSB 1600 support? Anyways, Foxconn is going full-cylinders with its high-end board line-up.

What's the PCI-E slot configuration like? x16 , x16 , x16 or x16, x8, x8 ? I can see a IDT PCI-E switch there, makes things interesting.
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#23
Mussels
Moderprator
by: btarunr
Wasn't P45 supposed to be just an improved P35 with PCI-E 2.0, official FSB 1600 support? Anyways, Foxconn is going full-cylinders with its high-end board line-up.

What's the PCI-E slot configuration like? x16 , x16 , x16 or x16, x8, x8 ? I can see a IDT PCI-E switch there, makes things interesting.
the features you mention sound like x38 compared to p35.

I *think* it will either be 16/16, 16/8, or 8/8 - it has to be better than P35, and i see three slots - its possible you can switch them around. (16/16/0 16/8/8 etc)
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#24
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Nice to see a DDR2 variant of the p45. DDR3 is still terribly expensive, like gas on steroids ($3.15 and climbing here, even at WALMART!!!)
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