Foxconn Renaissance X58 Digital Life Motherboard

Test Setup and Overclocking

Test Setup and Overclocking

To ensure that all reviews on Overclock3D are fair, consistent and unbiased, a standard set of hardware and software is used whenever possible during the comparative testing of two or more products. The configuration used in this review can be seen below:

Processor: Intel Core i7 920 (2.66Ghz) and overclocked to 3.75Ghz

Motherboard: Foxconn Renaissance Digital Life Motherboard

Memory: 3GB Corsair Dominator @ 9-9-9-24 1866Mhz

Graphics Card: ATI Radeon 4870 512mb

Power Supply: Silverstone Strider

CPU Cooling: Stock Intel Cooling

Hard Disk: Hitachi Deskstar 7K160 7200rpm 80GB

Graphics Drivers: ATI Catalyst 8.12

Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1

During the testing of the setup above, special care was taken to ensure that the BIOS settings used matched whenever possible. A fresh install of Windows Vista was also used before the benchmarking began, with a full defrag of the hard drive once all the drivers and software were installed, preventing any possible performance issues due to leftover drivers from the previous motherboard installations. For the 3DMark and gaming tests a single card configuration was used.

To guarantee a broad range of results, the following benchmark utilities were used:


Synthetic CPU & Memory Subsystem
• Sisoft Sandra 2009
• Lavalys Everest 4.6
• Super Pi 1m, 8m and 32m

File Compression & Encoding
• 7-Zip File Compression
• River Past ViMark

Disk I/O Performance
• HDTach 3.0.4.0
• Sisoft Sandra 2009

3D / Rendering Benchmarks
• Cinebench 10
• 3DMark 05
• 3DMark 06

3D Games
• Crysis
• Company of Heroes
• ET:Quake wars

You may notice that 3DMark Vantage results were omitted from the benchmarks above. This is because 3DMark Vantage refused to run past the second test without crashing to the desktop with an id3d10device::createpixelshader failed error. A subsequent reinstall of the OS, drivers and patches failed to produce a clean run. My apologies for the lack of Vantage results.

Overclocking

Overclocking on the Foxconn Renaissance was quite an enjoyable experience. Although the Foxconn Renaissance isn't able to match it with the fully fledged overclocking motherboards from the likes of Gigabyte, ASUS and DFI, it did provide a respectable overclock and increase in performance over stock settings. While I was able to happily boot into Windows Vista at 3.85Ghz, the most stable overclock that I was able to maintain 24/7 was 3.75Ghz.

Core i7 920 overclock Core i7 memory

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Most Recent Comments

08-02-2009, 07:22:04

PV5150
Will the X58-based Foxconn Renaissance be the shining light for Foxconn's Digital Life multimedia range of motherboards?

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...040726214s.jpg

Check out the review here

08-02-2009, 07:32:42

zak4994
I was waiting for the review of this.

Awesome looking board and the northbridge looks epic.

08-02-2009, 07:35:26

VonBlade
Not a bad looking board. That heatsink is strangeness personified though. Why produce a board that is unlikely to handle the huge heatsinks most people use? Very odd choice.

Like the colour scheme though. As those who've seen my profile can attest lol.

Quite a steep price for such an average overclock. The Bloodrage is only 30 quid more.

08-02-2009, 07:36:38

zak4994
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='VonBlade'
Not a bad looking board. That heatsink is strangeness personified though. Why produce a board that is unlikely to handle the huge heatsinks most people use? Very odd choice.

Like the colour scheme though. As those who've seen my profile can attest lol.

Quite a steep price for such an average overclock. The Bloodrage is only 30 quid more.
This has 6 RAM slots while Bloodrage has only 3.

24GB anyone?

08-02-2009, 07:56:23

w3bbo
Nice review m8.

Couple of questions for you:

The CPU-Z screeny shows 1.216v. Was this max Vcore you used?

What was the Vdrop/droop like?

08-02-2009, 08:00:40

PV5150
Thanks all for comments so far

@ webbo: Nah voltage was set at 1.4v in BIOS mate.

08-02-2009, 08:31:54

AntiHeroUK
Good job on the review Matthew

I would however have the Bloodrage over this any day..

08-02-2009, 08:37:33

w3bbo
Horses for courses I think. The bloodrage is targeted to a different audience (hardcore benchers) whereas the renaissance is more a workstation based platform.
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