Thursday, February 19th 2009

Foxconn X58 Flaming Blade Pictured

Over the course of the last year, Foxconn's channel division emerged as a mature, seasoned and determined player in the high-end PC motherboard industry. For Intel's new Core i7 platform, Foxconn started off with an enthusiast-grade motherboard called the X58 Blood Rage, and a premium X58 Renaissance model. Over time, the X58 Blood Rage became a series of motherboards based on the scaling-down of its feature-set. The first variant to emerge out of it was the Blood Rage GTI, and now a newer "value" offering: the Blood Rage Flaming Blade.

Pictured by Japanese AKIBA PC Hotline, the Flaming Blade shows a distinct scaling-down of Blood Rage's feature-set, beyond that of the GTI variant, with a remodeled PCB, rearranged components and colour-theme. To begin with the CPU is powered by standard ferrite-core chokes as against the PWM circuitry on the original Blood Rage, and the semi-digital circuitry on the GTI variant. A standard 6-phase circuit is employed. The board continues having three DDR3 DIMM slots. Memory is powered by a two-phase circuit. Instead of four PCI-Express x16 connectors on the other variants, Flaming Blade makes do with only two, with a PCI-E x4 slot added to the mix. There is a notable amount of changes with the placement of connectors and headers. The board reduces the use of red in colour-coding the connectors and slots. The SONAR X-Fi sound card gets replaced by onboard audio, while the rest of the back-panel remains the same in terms of connectors. According to the source, Foxconn is looking to target the US $200~$220 price range with the Flaming Blade. For reference, the third picture below is that of the original Blood Rage.

Sources: Expreview, AKIBA PC Hotline
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17 Comments on Foxconn X58 Flaming Blade Pictured

#1
Castiel
I'm wondering why they only put 3DIMM's on the board?

But it looks pretty awesome anyways.
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#2
OnBoard
Nice, this looks more like P55 board alternative. Nothing extra on it anymore that I wouldn't need, if I were to go i7. Oh and still those S775 cooler mount holes.
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#3
ShadowFold
I'm sure it will get discontinued shortly like all their other boards.
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#4
Nitro-Max
Kid you not guys Ive had some great rock solid foxconn boards before i recomend them more than msi boards (always seemed cheap and flimsy to me) even had some nice overclocks out of foxconn ran my old athlon 64 4000 sandiego chip @ 3ghz doesnt seem much now but for that chip 3ghz was everyones target.
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#5
Bluefox1115
thats fucking sexy. excuse my French.
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#6
Vincy Boy
"Flaming Blade". Is this like the illest motherboard name ever?
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#7
KBD
by: ShadowFold
I'm sure it will get discontinued shortly like all their other boards.
yea, i wonder whats up with that. The original Blood Rage was barely out for like 2 months and now its discontinued and impossible to find. I was actually considering it if i were to go i7 but this Flaming Blade kinda sucks, its not as cool looking and lacks some features of the Blood Rage.
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#8
spearman914
by: Vincy Boy
"Flaming Blade". Is this like the illest motherboard name ever?
Reminds me of WoW and Runescape.
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#9
Assimilator
Despite it being a cut-down version of their best board, with lots more space to play with the design and only 2 PCIe slots, Foxconn engineers have still managed to cock up the layout by putting the 2nd PCIe slot too close to the bottom of the board, hence preventing any dual-slot card from getting decent airflow.

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Nice!
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#10
Wile E
Power User
by: Assimilator
Despite it being a cut-down version of their best board, with lots more space to play with the design and only 2 PCIe slots, Foxconn engineers have still managed to cock up the layout by putting the 2nd PCIe slot too close to the bottom of the board, hence preventing any dual-slot card from getting decent airflow.

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Nice!
No they didn't. It's 2 slots up. There's a PCI slot between it and the bottom of the board. The first pic is the Flaming Blade, the 3rd pic is the standard Bloodrage.
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#11
LittleLizard
remeber that the quantum force boards are limited edition, so if it sell good, it should be already sold out
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#12
KBD
by: LittleLizard
remeber that the quantum force boards are limited edition, so if it sell good, it should be already sold out
thats not true at all. Quantum Force is a line of high-end Foxconn boards, basically just like Asus has their ROG series. They are not limited edition, the X48 and 780a for example have been selling for a while now. This Bloodrage may have been though, i'm not sure but not the whole series
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#13
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
flaming blade? what, do they think we all play world of warcraft or something?
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#14
Haytch
They managed to move things around and still left the pci-e x1 up the top unusable for anything beyond a crappy sound card. Anything longer will once again end up touching the heatsink.

Cant we eliminate FDD ?
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#15
Assimilator
by: Wile E
No they didn't. It's 2 slots up. There's a PCI slot between it and the bottom of the board. The first pic is the Flaming Blade
Cant we eliminate FDD ?
Amen to that, brother. Intel hasn't supported FDD connectors on their own boards since the 965 chipset (or earlier), and their Smackover board completely lacks any FDD or IDE connectors.

I don't actually recall the last time I used a FDD, and I'm sure most of the peeps here will share that sentiment, so I'd love to know why manufacturers still insist on including this connector, even on high-end boards. USB flash drives work much better than FDDs for BIOS flashing anyway.
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#17
Wile E
Power User
by: Assimilator
You can install a second dual-slot graphics card into the bottom PCIe slot. However, in an ATX case there will be almost no room between the card's cooler and the bottom of the case. Hence, poor airflow == poor cooling.
I'm just pointing out you are mistaken. There is plenty of space. More than even 2 dual slot cards in SLI/Xfire with dual slot spacing. If the cards can breath with just a couple mm between in that kind of SLI/Xfire setup, the bottom one will be just fine brcause it has a couple additional mm to work with.
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