FOXCONN BlackOps X48 Motherboard


Conclusion Foxconn BlackOps
So how well did the X48 based Foxconn BlackOps perform in today's review?

In this day and age, the motherboard market is a cut throat affair, and there is a need for products to really stand out from the competition. To be the same in this industry is to be non-existant. With the X48 chipset now an established performer in the market, and the very recent release of the P45 based motherboards showing some very impressive overclocks, it does beg to question as to what motherboard should you opt for. You could even throw the impending arrival of X58 and Nehalem just around the corner into the mix. Obviously, the choice is ultimately yours and at the end of the day I guess the final verdict will be based upon the hole in your wallet and overall performance.
The Foxconn BlackOps is an amazing piece of motherboard engineering, and while it may not  be as 'aesthetically pleasing' to the eye as some other manufacturers' motherboards out there, it's a proven performer. Foxconn has formed a close partnership with the enthusiast community, and this relationship has allowed the inclusion of features into the BlackOps that may have otherwise been overlooked. And these inclusions haven't been added as a last thought, but tastefully integrated into the development process of the motherboard. It's nice to see a manufacturer giving a 'sense of ownership' to enthusiasts and taking the time to provide a product with features that we want to see, not what they think we want to see.
The Foxconn BlackOps is known to be a powerful overclocking motherboard, while maintaining incredible stability throughout the whole process. The sheer amount of tweaking options in the BIOS, and the inclusion of reliable and functional voltage options which can only be termed as 'insane', make this the motherboard of choice for the bencher or serious overclocking enthusiast. It also warrants a mention here that the Foxconn BlackOps recovers from a bad overclock like no other motherboard that I have ever used before. Instead of farting around before finally deciding that your last overclock was a bit keen, it simply reboots itself and allows you back into the BIOS to make the necessary adjustments. It should always be this simple.
Pricing for the Foxconn BlackOps is certainly at the high end of town, coming in at £255.01 inc vat from YoYoTech. Our Australian readers can pick up the Foxconn BlackOps motherboard from Altech Computers for AUS$685.00 inc. GST. But before blatantly refusing to pay that much money for the Foxconn BlackOps, you need to look at what you're getting for that outlay of cash. A proven pedigree for overclocking; an insanely featured motherboard with useable features including a NB cooling solution that caters for the extreme, and a membership to the Foxconn community is what you are spending your hard earned cash on. It's a winner!
The Good
+ Quality
+ Proven overclocker
+ 4-in-1 NB cooling solution
+ Bundle
The Mediocre
* Can be fickle with RAM, although the latest BIOS revision has improved compatibility
The Bad
- Price
Best in class award OC3D Innovation award
Overclock3D would like to thank Altech Computers and Foxconn for making this review possible.
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Most Recent Comments

17-10-2008, 06:19:40

It seems as slick as I thought it might have been. U`d really need to want one, and perhaps be a non-asus-fanboi, to go out and purchase it. The price is very high imo, and they do throw in a very very good package to help ease the wallet-pain.

Bios looks nice. Like the sound of the dual bios thing - now if u happened to completely screw the one bios via an update or something, can u flush it by booting to the other one ? Or flash it from the other one ? - now that`d be something special.

I`m curious about the fan mount on the nb. It blows down into the box... and the air goes where ? Down the pipe ? Out screw holes ?

I dunno tho, if ur hell-bent on the package as a whole and don`t want to pay £146 for a mobo that no1 in the western world has reviewed yet (even tho it`s been out for weeks and every1 is avoiding them like the plague - even out in Australia now ), then sink the extra £110.

Excellent review PV, tis a great package either way.Quote

17-10-2008, 06:41:52

Hi Rast, and thanks for the feedback.

The package as you say is immense, and certainly makes the product as a whole stand out from the rest. I mean who else includes trim-pots ready for voltage modification and and a dry ice attachment for a NB cooling block lol. They (Foxconn) actively encourage users to clock the nuts off the thing.

Pricing is extremely high for both the UK and AUS, but prices are considerably more sedate in the US. So if you really wanted one as part of the ultimate bench rig then you can certainly save some money that way (customs/import duties may apply to UK though).

The fan attachment blows directly onto the cooling channels in the bottom of the block and the warm air escapes the best it can - screw holes or blow-back through the fan itself. The fan doesn't actually cover the whole of the block due to the fan shroud being square and the block being rectangular. Admittedly it's not perfect solution, but it's better than a purely passive approach

Thanks again for the comments and I'm glad you enjoyed the review Quote

17-10-2008, 09:49:36

Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'
Bios looks nice. Like the sound of the dual bios thing - now if u happened to completely screw the one bios via an update or something, can u flush it by booting to the other one ? Or flash it from the other one ? - now that`d be something special.
Gigabyte have had the dual bios thing for few years now, with Asus also recently adding this feature to their boards.

Great review as always PV.Quote

17-10-2008, 09:53:10

Key thing - can u manage the one bios from the other ?Quote

17-10-2008, 10:03:27

One Bios backs up the other so if one Bios becomes corrupt, you can still use the 2nd Bios which will flash the corrupt Bios.

I'm not sure whether you can utilise the 2nd bios with the foxconn board but with gigabyte and asus, the 2nd Bios was there for bios recovery only.Quote

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