Foxconn DigitaLife ELA P45 Motherboard

Conclusion

Conclusion Foxconn ELA
 
So how well did the Foxconn ELA perform in today's review?

The Foxconn ELA is a well laid out motherboard with some excellent features. Foxconn should be commended for squeezing so much onto an ATX PCB. Admittedly, the colour scheme may not be to everyone's liking but you could probably deal with that if there weren't other issues that make purchasing this motherboard questionable.

As I mentioned during our trip around the BIOS, the way in which Vcore adjustments are made to the CPU is just crazy. A simple drop down menu would have been much easier and quicker. In addition to the CPU voltage options, the inability to adjust the CPU Multiplier defies logic. Admittedly, the motherboard is targeted towards the HTPC enthusiast, but decking the motherboard out with a P45 chipset and 'some' overclocking options is just a tease. I wanna clock the nuts off it for gods sake...not coddle it.

These issues highlighted above brings me to my third point, and that is the price. For £200.63 from Ebuyer, I just don't feel like I'm getting anywhere near value for money. Yeah sure the Foxconn ELA has the makings of a great HTPC motherboard, but I don't think the asking price is justified. Our Australian readers can get their hands on the Foxconn ELA from Altech Computers for AUS$489.00 inc. GST.

The Good
+ Excellent connectivity options
+ Quality build
+ Digital PWM FTW!
+ An excellent HTPC motherboard so long as you don't plan on overclocking it.
 
The Mediocre
* CPU voltage adjustment in the BIOS
* Lack of CPU Multiplier adjustment
* Colour scheme may not be to everyone's taste
* Lacking a substantial bundle for the money
 
The Bad
- Price
 
 

Overclock3D would like to thank Altech Computers for providing today's review sample
 
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10-12-2008, 08:31:09

PV5150
Looking for a fully featured HTPC motherboard based upon the Intel P45 Chipset? If so, the Foxconn ELA may be what you're looking for...

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...105640215s.jpg

Foxconn ELA P45 Motherboard review

10-12-2008, 09:39:07

Rastalovich
Ouch. That looks like a mobo desperately seeking a bios upd8 of sorts. The only thing I would throw out is the possibility that this mobo would perform better with the 45nm cpus - it's a longshot, but with the likes of Q6600 going eol, perhaps they've initially overlooked their specific tuning in favor of more current cpus.

That being said, if it is the case, I`m sure they`ll still look into doing a bios for them out of demand.

Even with it's shortfallings in the oc department, I'm surprized it did as well as it did.

Big sticking point is 200. Foxconn really do charge over the odds for their mobos. In some cases, with the BlackOps packaging, u can sanction an excuse. But here I definately can't, by a good 50.

Nice review, even tho disappointing.

12-12-2008, 05:40:41

PV5150
Thanks for the feedback Rast and definitely agreed - Foxconn have shot themselves in the foot here unfortunately
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