Foxconn C51XEM2AA- 8EKRS2H AM2 Top-Dog - Board Layout and Close Up Pics

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Foxconn C51XEM2AA- 8EKRS2H AM2 Top-Dog
Board Layout and Close Up Pics
Installation and BIOS Screenshots
Overclocking - Memory and System Performance
System Performance - Continued...
Gaming Performance and Conclusion

Layout:

Board Full
Board Full

The C51X is manufactured on a black PCB and has a mild color scheme for the rest of the components.  The basic layout is fairly clean.  There’s a black capacitor fairly close to the main 24-pin ATX connector that could be removed if some aggression is used to unplug the power connector.  The DIMM slots do have some spacing between them, but personally I’d like to see a little more space to fit some of the high performance modules with overly big heatsinks.  The 8-pin power connector is in a good location.  You can see from the picture, the northbridge is passively cooled, and the southbridge actively cooled.  The southbridge heatsink and fan is almost too high to clear the first PCIe graphics slot.  I had no trouble installing a 7950GT, but should the fan ever fail I might have a hard time finding a replacement fan that will clear that first PCIe slot.

Board Full
 Board Full

DDR2 Slots
 DDR2 Slots

PCIe LED
 PCIe LED

The aux 4-pin molex power connector for SLI is located at the bottom of the board and can be a reach for some power supplies with shorter leads.  The CPU is powered with 4-phase power.  The CPU retention bracket comes with a steel backing plate where most manufacturers use plastic.  Some of the overclocking features include onboard diagnostic code LEDs, and onboard power and reset buttons.  One feature I’ve never seen on a motherboard before is a location grid much like a map.

AM2 Socket
 AM2 Socket

 


PCIe Profile
 PCIe Profile

On the border of the board is a letter grid on one edge and a number grid on the other edge.  For example, the location of the diagnostic LEDs are G3.  Unless you’re trying to help your buddy locate a certain component on a board over the phone, I’m not sure what purpose this serves…but it’s still cool.  The 590SLI chipset includes native support for one IDE channel, which is very handy for those of us that still use IDE drives.

The rear of the board has 2 PS/2 ports, Firewire 400, Firewire 800, 6 USB ports, and dual GB Ethernet.

Rear IO
Rear IO

Close Up:

Non Socket BIOS
 Non Socket BIOS

NorthBridge
 NorthBridge

SouthBridge
 SouthBridge