Basic Features: Foxconn 755-A01 for Athlon 64

Foxconn is using shades of green packaging for the 755-A01. The motherboard is available for less than $90 at on-line retailers.

Considering the low selling price of the Foxconn 755-A01, the feature set is truly amazing. Gigabit LAN, Firewire and 4-drive SATA RAID are features you don't normally find in a $90 board, but Foxconn includes all 3.

 Motherboard Specifications
CPU Interface Socket 754 Athlon 64
Chipset SiS 755/964
Bus Speeds 200MHz to 232MHz (in 1MHz increments)
PCI/AGP Speeds Auto, 66/33, 75/37, 80/40
Core Voltage No Adjustments
DRAM Voltage No Adjustments
AGP Voltage No Adjustments
Memory Slots Three 184-pin DDR DIMM Slots
Single-Channel Configuration
Unbuffered DDR400/333/266 to 3GB
Expansion Slots 1 AGP 8X Slot
5 PCI Slots
Onboard Serial ATA RAID SiS964 (2 Drives - Raid 0, 1) PLUS
Silicon Image 3112 (2 Drives - Raid 0,1)
Onboard IDE Two Standard SiS ATA133/100/66 (4 drives)
Onboard USB 2.0/IEEE-1394 8 USB 2.0 ports supported by 964
2 Firewire Ports by VIA VT6307
Onboard LAN Realtek 8110S Gigabit LAN
Onboard Audio Realtek ALC655 AC '97 2.3
6-Channel with UAJ
BIOS Phoenix/Award

The only overclocking controls in the Award BIOS were a very limited range of FSB speeds from 200-232. The BIOS has no options for voltage adjustments. Foxconn did provide a complete selection of memory timings, which will allow you to get the most from your memory in the 755-A01.

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  • tOiRb - Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - link

    Yes, it does not come with a frame, but lots of aftermarket hsf's come with one, I actually complained to Foxconn...they sent me one (probably a fluke) I got it 10 days later and I was already up and running with a Thermaltake Venus 7. (Not enough oomph to cool that beast, but it sufficed for the time).

    I actually thought this mobo sucked at first, but here are my findings after having it for a couple of months. Be advised that while I was doing all this testing on this board, I also purchased a Gigabye K8NS Pro (a big audience on Anandtech). I RMA'd one and am now on my second. Believe me, these boards have problems.

    1) It only likes 1 stick of memory. I'm using Kingmax PC3500 running at 2-4-4-7 (512)
    2) Send email to Foxconn and get a beta bios (the one I'm using is dated in May 2004). It allows lock of AGP, PCI and etc. The bios they publish does not have this function.
    3)Put some other kind of cooler on the bridge. I stuck a Zalman silent on.
    4) Set max mem at 166
    5) I overclock the CPU to 2.25 running an Athlon 64 2800+. Beats FX53, 51.
    6)Probably leaving something out, but this works for me. Have upgraded to a Thermaltake Venus 12. Provides better cooling, Sapphire Radeon 9800 Pro. Great Marks. Stable as Sh*t. Thinking about replacing the gigabye which seems very buggy and runs much hotter than this mobo.
  • tOiRb - Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - link

  • Asmo79 - Monday, May 24, 2004 - link

    I purchased this MB for a friend after reading this review, and because of all of the on board features, it's a bang for the buck. Unfortunatly it does not come with a heatsink retention frame, and after purchasing a Thermaltake Silentboost, I had no way of mounting the thing. So unless you know how to get a retention frame, as I couldn't find one anywhere, you might want to consider a different solution. I RMA,d the board and am going with the Asus K8V SE Delux. The only downside is the price difference, $97 vs. $124. Too bad for Foxconn, for just a minor but major issue.
  • plonk420 - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 - link

    it would be nice to see Xvid added to video encoding (in both 64 and P4 tests and XPs, if they're still being developed) since it's becoming a pretty widely used standard (does ANYONE use Divx5 anymore?) and it's skewed towards Athy platforms, or at least the XPs compared to P4s... or are Tom/Anand waiting for a 1.0 release?
  • LoneWolf15 - Monday, May 10, 2004 - link

    It'd be nice to have seen some USB performance tests. I've been reading that the SiS 755 chipset has very poor USB performance, so this board would be great for people who don't use USB mass storage devices, but a poor choice for those who do.
  • Odeen - Monday, May 10, 2004 - link

    Only the NF3-250gb and Intel i848 /i865 / i875 chipsets support Gigabit Lan - anything mentioning Realtek means it's on the PCI bus.

    Unless it's an RTL8201, of course, which is just a PHY for another MAC (usually a chipset-level 10/100 MAC)
  • KillaKilla - Monday, May 10, 2004 - link

    Damned lack of 'edit'. Regardless, what bus is the Gb LAN on?
  • KillaKilla - Monday, May 10, 2004 - link

    Just to let you know, typo on p2. Memory should be DDDR400/333/266, not DDR44/333/266.
  • FluffyTapeworm - Monday, May 10, 2004 - link

    Interesting that you were able to do 2x512MB at (presumably) ddr400. Maybe foxconn knew they had a problem like ECS, but waited until they had a fixed revision before sending a board to anyone for review? Was it tested with memtest?

    (Background info: I have a 755a01 from about a month ago, it won't pass memtest86+ with 2x512MB at ddr400. Tested with 2xkingston valueram and OCZ EL dual kit. Individual dimms would work at ddr400, but not a pair.)

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