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Foxconn A78AX-K review

A budget DDR2 motherboard that beats its DDR3 brethren? Yes please

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Our Verdict

A fairly good offering if you're not interested in tweaking the hell out of your CPU and are on a budget build

For

  • AM2+ socket
  • Fared better than DDR3

Against

  • Overclocking options
  • Only two RAM slots

For this dust-up, we're really looking at the how the graphs change when pairing a Phenom II with DDR3 rather than DDR2.

The result: nothing. Perversely, this cheapie DDR2 board fared better in the memory bandwidth test than the DDR3 did. Which just adds to the case that there's next to zero real-world difference right now.

If you're after a gaming PC on the cheap then this no-frills Foxconn board will definitely do the trick. It's not particularly suited to overclocking, though, despite a raft of BIOS options – lockups kicked in depressingly quickly.

A miserly two RAM slots makes for an even worse downer. That aside, the price is right and that AM2+ socket is a real sweet spot for processor choice at the moment.