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Foxconn FlamingBlade GTI review

Is it worth using a simple motherboard for high-end processors?

Our Verdict

For

  • No-nonsense board
  • good performance
  • detailed BIOS

Against

  • SATA port position
  • poor Southbridge choice

Whether it's because of Intel's mighty six-core Core i7-980X processor or USB 3.0 or SATA 6Gbps technology or a combination of all or any of the three, for what ever reason, Intel's high-end X58 chipset is having a real surge at the moment.

In fact there seem to be more motherboards in the market using the chipset and the accompanying LGA1366 socket than there were when it was first announced a couple of years ago. But adding the latest technologies to an already fairly costly chip often increases the board cost to eye-watering levels.

What if you don't want all the latest bells and whistles and just want a stable X58 platform with a reasonable price tag? Foxconn's FlamingBlade GTI might be the answer you're looking for.

Compared to some X58 boards in the market, the FlamingBlade GTI may appear to be a bit basic, with just two PCI-E graphics slots, three memory slots and no RAID support, but sometimes basic isn't a bad thing, especially for motherboards.

After all, why pay the Earth for a board that's crammed full of features you're never going to use?

Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelX58 Express
Multi GPU SupportedCrossFireX, CrossFire
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots2
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket B LGA-1366
Brand NameFoxconn
Form FactorATX
Processor SupportedCore i7, Core i7 Extreme Edition
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory12 GB
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots3
Number of PCI Slots2
Audio Channels7.1
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of IDE Interfaces1
Number of SATA Interfaces6
QuickPath Interconnect6.40 GT/s
Number of Total Expansion Slots5
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Total Number of USB Ports8
PS/2 PortYes
Number of PS/2 Ports1
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports2
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports2
PCI Express StandardPCI Express 2.0
Total Number of PCI Express Slots3
Width304.8 mm
Depth243.8 mm
ManufacturerFoxconn Electronics, Inc
Product ModelFlamingBlade GTI
Product NameFlamingBlade GTI Desktop Motherboard
Controller TypeFloppy Controller, Serial ATA/300, Ultra ATA/133 (ATA-7)
Manufacturer Part Number020F1664BA5-00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.foxconn.com
Marketing Information

Foxconn Quantum Force aims to deliver high performance computing, connectivity and digital entertainment. With more options for accessing and managing other devices, enhanced reliability features and new PC multimedia technologies. FlamingBlade GTI is the ideal choice for extreme performance or quantum force. This motherboard is based on the Intel X58 chipset - providing ultimate performance for today's desktop computers. The FlamingBlade GTI supports the latest industry technologies - Intel Bloomfield series processors and DDR3 1800MHz(via overclocking) memory. Ferrite Choke power delivery and Heatsink design help to maximize performance and increase reliability. And at the same time, provided the digital audio outputs via S/PDIF OUT and 7.1 HD Audio . guaratees the highest quality fidelity for games and movies.