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windwithme’s Core i7 review Part 10 - Foxconn Flaming Blade GTI Indepth review

Discussion in 'Motherboards & Memory' started by windwithme, Aug 13, 2009.

  1. windwithme

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    At this half year, the Intel’s core i7 is the key promoted product of the high-end product line.
    The users are really easy to run out their budget while the CPU is still not cheap at all….

    But the pricing of X58 motherboard is a bit “flexible” than the CPU’s.
    So, some of the manufactures have already launch their entre-level X58 mobos.
    The price of them are around USD200 ~ 200.
    It’s much cheaper that compares to the highest-end models.

    Recently, Intel is going to launch their Core i5 (LGA1156) processor. It’s around the corner.
    For the different segment of the market, Intel will place Core i3, Core i5 & the Core i7 as the value, mid-range and high-end product.

    After the launch of Flaming Blade, FOXCONN releases a step-lower model, called Flaming Blade GTI version.
    The price is around USD183.

    First, take a look at the package design.
    Although it should be a value X58 board, but FOXCON still make it as a high-end product design. Looks like a high-end product.
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    A big box package and some details in the back for the spec too.
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    FOXCONN Flaming Blade GTI, the board.
    [​IMG]

    In this market segment, the ordinary capacitors are the reasonable choice.
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    The bundling:
    User Manual, Easy guide, Drivers and Utility CD, IO shield….etc.
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    The lower-left part:
    2 X PCI-E X16 slots
    (supports2 X 16X之ATI CrossFireX)
    1 X PCI-E X4 slot
    2 X PCI slots
    The LAN chip: Realtek RTL8111C
    The audio codec: Realtek ALC888,supports 7.1 channels HD audio.
    [​IMG]

    The lower right part:
    6 X SATAII (ICH10)
    1 X IDE
    The debug light
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    The upper right part:
    3-channel DDR3, support 1333/ 1600/ 1800, max support up to 12G
    The left plug is the 24pin power input.
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    The upper left
    This is LGA1366 socket, but Foxconn keep the 775 cooler’s mount hole.
    A real smart design for users
    The CPU power supply parts, the board put 6-phase PWM on.
    I think it’s enough for i7 normal usage.
    [​IMG]
     
  2. windwithme

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    REAR IO parts:
    8 x USB2.0
    1 x Gigabit LAN
    http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/7581/fx58fb11.jpg

    The North Bridge and CPU PWM heat sink
    http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/797/fx58fb12s.jpg

    FOXCONN Flaming Blade GTI version is not support SLI.
    The capacitors are all not solid state capacitors, and they put away the eSATA also.
    These are the differences of FB and FB GTI.


    Starting Screen
    http://img219.imageshack.us/img219/8367/fx58fbb01.jpg

    BIOS MAIN PAGE
    http://img197.imageshack.us/img197/9048/fx58fbb02.jpg

    OC options page
    http://img197.imageshack.us/img197/1481/fx58fbb03.jpg

    CPU Features
    http://img187.imageshack.us/img187/5647/fx58fbb04.jpg

    DDR3 reference page, XMP, where the auto OC technology within.
    http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/8674/fx58fbb05.jpg

    The voltage parts:
    CPU Core Voltage +10~1260mV(CPU, max: 2.54750V)
    CPU VTT Voltage +20~1260mV
    DRAM Voltage 1.50~2.86V
    CPU Vdroop Compensation,This is for prevent the voltage go down when OC the Intel chipset
    X58 IOH Core Voltage 1.10~1.60V(the interval is 0.02V)
    http://img265.imageshack.us/img265/1783/fx58fbb06.jpg

    OC gear
    The system provides totally 8 storage spaces for Users to save their OC settings.
    http://img187.imageshack.us/img187/3546/fx58fbb07.jpg

    Hardware Monitor
    http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/8168/fx58fbb08.jpg

    The above is my test, stable at 200/1600.
    I think you can do that on your own for some special settings.
     
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    The Test system details:
    CPU: Intel Core i7 950
    MB: FOXCONN Quantum Force Flaming Blade GTI
    DRAM: CORSAIR XMS3 TR3X6G1600C8
    VGA: MSI N9600GT Diamond
    HD: Intel X25-M 80GB
    POWER: Corsair 400W Power Supply
    Cooler: Megahalems
    http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/558/fx58fb13.jpg

    DRAM part:
    The market price of the DDR3 is almost reaching the lowest point.
    So, I’d like to pick up the value price DDR3 1600 for the test.
    http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/5795/fx58fb14.jpg

    CORSAIR XMS3 2GBX3 TR3X6G1600C8,DDR3 1600 CL8 8-8-24 1.65V
    http://img187.imageshack.us/img187/3411/fx58fb15.jpg

    DDR3 1601 CL7 7-7-20 1T
    1.65V,VTT Voltage +80mV
    SP2004 3 X Blend mode,5.82GB full loaded steady.
    http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/9162/fx58fbddr31600sp.png

    DDR3 1601 CL7 7-7-20 1T
    Sandra Memory Bandwidth-28744MB/s
    EVEREST Memory Read-18013MB/s
    http://img187.imageshack.us/img187/3379/fx58fbddr31600mem.png

    DDR3 2000 CL9 9-9-24 1T
    Sandra Memory Bandwidth-21081MB/s
    EVEREST Memory Read-34216MB/s
    http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/5856/fx58fbddr32000mem.png

    The configuration of XMS3 DDR3 6GB 1600 CL8 is a bit conservative.
    So, I make it as 1600 CL7 7-7-20 1T can run steady.
    I end up with CPU 200Mhz. DDR3 runs at 2000MHz CL9 (system can get into the OS and run the OC testing)
    The Corsair XMS3 (DDR3 1600), the OC ability is above the standard.

    CPU part
    Intel Core i7 950
    OC 200 X 21 => 4200Mhz
    DDR3 1600 CL7 7-7-20 1T

    Hyper 8 X PI 32M 13m 37.519s
    CPUMARK 99 657
    http://img187.imageshack.us/img187/4272/fx58fb42g8pi.png

    CrystalMark 2004R3
    http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/1683/fx58fb42gcm.png

    CINEBENCH R10
    http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/9564/fx58fb42gcb.png

    PCMark Vantage score:14227
    http://img187.imageshack.us/img187/9786/fx58fbpcvan.png
     
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    OC 191 X 23 => 4401Mhz
    DDR3 1913 CL9 9-9-24 1T
    Hyper 4 X PI 8M 1m 50.090s
    CPUMARK 99 688
    http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/8449/fx58fb44gpi.png

    Install with my i7 950, the system can reach 8 PI 32M stably by 1.212V.
    The maximum of CPU can be around 4.4G.
    The maximum rate of overclocking of this D0 version (i7 950) seems a bit improved than previous vision.

    VGA 3D Rendering
    By MSI N9600GT Diamond

    3DMARK VANTAGE 5398
    http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/3989/fx58fb3dvan.png

    Crysis Benchmark
    http://img197.imageshack.us/img197/4126/fx58fb3dgcb.png

    THE LAST REMNANT
    http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/5441/fx58fb3dtlr.png

    Street Fighter IV Benchmark(Display V-synch ON)
    1920 X 1200
    http://img200.imageshack.us/img200/1025/fx58fb3dsf4.png

    9600GT display card is a mid-range level product.
    If this VGA co-op with i7 CPU, I think most of the games can run quite smooth (of course not open too much effect)
    BTW, this GTI version doesn’t support SLI; hence, you have to use ATI cards when you wanted to install dual VGA display.


    FOXCONN Quantum Forces series/ Flaming Blade GTI
    Goods:
    1. entry-level price for X58 board, but the packing is still very high-end
    2.BIOS options are various. Almost the same to mid-range level Quantum Force Mobo
    3.The OC ability is quite good in the way. The OC performance of CPU and DRAM are obviously nice.
    4.A bit earlier, the cheaper X58 is around USD200, Flaming Blade GTI version only needs USD180.

    Drawbacks
    1.No back up supports for NVIDIA SLI
    2.The south bridge is only use ICH10.
    3.Hard to buy in the channels as usual

    Performance: ★★★★★★★★★☆
    The Components design: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆
    Specification: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆
    The appearance: ★★★★★★★★☆☆
    C/P Ratio: ★★★★★★★★☆☆

    The X58 products are being mature in the market.
    Due to the positioning of the chipset, it is a Top-ranking product.
    Hence, the chipset is relatively high in price. Most X58 motherboards in market is around USD 200 to 300.
    The segment is quite complicated too.

    FOXCONN Quantum Force series try to release a step-lower X58 model.
    But for the budget consideration, the components and functions are a bit reduced than before.
    If this is for a budget user, this Flaming Blade GTI is a best choice for gamers.

    The OC ability of Flaming Blade GTI version is inherit from Flaming Blade and BloodRage. It’s quite up to the standard.
    If you want to spend more to get a board, which has better components and maybe can use both SLI and CF.
    I suggest that you should try the Flaming Blade, not GTI version.
     

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