Foxconn A9DA-S Motherboard Review

Editor: James Clewer  Date: 21-03-11   3 Comment(s) - Join the discussion here
Introduction


Product on Review: A9DA-S Socket AM3 motherboard
Manufacturer: Foxconn
Street Price: £65 at time of review




Foxconn primarily made their name as a large scale OEM producer for many of the brands we hold dear today. For example you've probably seen retention brackets, plugs and sockets with Foxconn branding nestled in hardware from other manufacturers like ASUS and Gigabyte. The original source of the company came from Hon Hai Precision Industry Company Ltd that was set up in 1974.

As you'd imagine after 37 years of evolution and growth Foxconn have become a well respected and highly experienced name in the industry. Besides motherboards they produce GPU's, cases, heatsinks, barebones systems and peripherals including card readers under the Foxconn brand.

Here's a few words from the company themselves:

Guided by a belief that the electronics products would be an integral part of everyday life in every office and in every home, Terry Gou founded Hon Hai Precision Industry Company Ltd, the anchor company of Foxconn Technology Group in 1974 with US$7,500, a devotion in integrating expertise for mechanical and electrical parts and an uncommon concept to provide the lowest "total cost" solution to increase the affordability of electronics products for all mankind.

Today, Foxconn Technology Group is the most dependable partner for joint-design, joint-development, manufacturing, assembly and after-sales services to global Computer, Communication and Consumer-electronics ("3C") leaders. Aided by its legendary green manufacturing execution, uncompromising customer devotion and its award-winning proprietary business model, eCMMS, Foxconn has been the most trusted name in contract manufacturing services (including CEM, EMS, ODM and CMMS) in the world.





There's plenty more to add about this massively impressive company but as that would take up a few pages of this review I'll just provide a link to the overview pages for the company HERE

Today we have one of their AMD AM3 compatible motherboards. It's very reasonably priced at around £65 so let's see if this has affected the feature count or performance capability.

Specifications



As you can see there don't seem to be any cut corners perhaps besides the fairly obvious lack of USB 3.0.

Crossfire capability, SATA 6.0Gbps, the full fat 890GX northbridge and (as you'll see) fanless heatsinks including one cooling the mosfets - it certainly seems to be specified above its very agreeable price point.



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