Foxconn C51XEM2AA- 8EKRS2H AM2 Top-Dog - Gaming Performance and Conclusion

Article Index
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

Gaming:

Oblivion was tested using FRAPS and averaged over three different one minute runs.  Resolution was set at 1280x1024x32 with HDR enabled and all settings set to maximum.  Draw distance was set to 80%.  Need For Speed: Carbon was set to the same resolution with all settings maxed out.

Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Need For Speed Carbon
 Need For Speed Carbon

You’ll notice the lack in performance increase in games when overclocked.  This is due to the fact that we only have one 7950 GTOC at our disposal.  When benchmarking graphics intensive programs it’s obvious that we’re GPU limited and not CPU limited.  It’s apparent that this system can easily feed one 7950 GTOC.  SLI is not too far on the horizon and some more benches could be posted with that addition.  It would have been more feasible to drop the resolution and max the settings in an attempt to unload the graphics card and load the rest of the system, but who games at 640x480 with all the settings maxed?

3DMark ’06:

3DMark was run with the default benchmark settings.  Again, no real increase in graphics performance, but the CPU score did increase approximately 15%.

3DMark Stock
 3DMark Stock

3DMark EPP
3DMark EPP

3DMark Overclocked
 3DMark Overclocked

Overall results show approximately 15% increase in CPU intensive programs.  (With the exception of gaming of course).

Other Chipset Features:

One of the biggest features with the 590 SLI chipset is the ability to use nVidia’s hardware firewall and software package to manage network settings.  Some of the advanced features allow you to use packet prioritization as well as link both gigabit ports together.  The same can be done in windows by bridging a connection, but nVidia has done it with hardware.  The chipset can also allow you to unload the CPU from controlling the network adapter onto a hardware chip.  We found a problem with nVidia’s driver package that would hang windows on start-up for at least 1.5 minutes while a networking service failed to load.  Keep in mind this is a driver problem, not a motherboard problem, but we still weren’t able to play with these features.


 

Conclusions:

Overall this is a very stable and overclockable board packed with so many features we don’t have enough hardware lying around to test them all.  Overclocking was a breeze, the board looks great, the layout is logical, and we had zero stability issues.  My only real grip with this board is the lack of driver support from nVidia and their problems with network drivers and other small software issues.

Pros:

  • Logical Layout
  • Stable overclocker
  • Loaded with features
  • Comes with ample supply of cables
  • Reboots on failed overclock

Cons:

  • Chipset driver issues especially with network adapters
  • Didn’t overclock as high as I thought it would

 

BCCHardware.com Rating
Quality:
10/10
Performance:
9/10
Software Pack:
7.5/10
Stability:
10/10
Features:
10/10
Value:
9/10
Total Score 9.25

 

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