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Foxconn 945P7AA-8KS2 (Intel 945P Express)
By Zachary Chan
Category : Mainboard
Published by Vijay Anand on Friday, 15th July, 2005
Rating : 3.5 out of 5 stars  


The deluge of motherboards announced based on Intel's 945P Express chipset continue unabated with the promise of a mainstream platform for the Pentium D and a more budget friendly solution for the Pentium Processor Extreme Edition. Component giant Foxconn has also jumped on the bandwagon, releasing new motherboards based on the 945P Express chipset. Like most other manufacturers, Foxconn carries a duo-board line up, the mainstay 945P7AA-8EKRS2 and a budget 945P7AA-8KS2, catering for both entry and mid-level market. Since we've previously reviewed some of the more balanced solutions by the likes of ABIT, ECS and MSI, we set our sights to the opposite end of the spectrum and bring you a review of the entry-level 945P7AA-8KS2.

The Foxconn 945P7AA-8KS2 motherboard.

Corresponding to its entry-level status, the 945P7AA-8KS2 came with a limited peripheral bundle as below:-
  • 2 x SATA data cables
  • 2 x SATA power converter cables (dual plugs)
  • 2 x 80-conductor Ultra ATA data cables
  • 1 x floppy drive data cable
  • I/O shield
  • Driver CD
  • User's manual

    Foxconn 945P7AA-8KS2 Technical Specifications
    CPU Support
    • Supports 90nm LGA775 processor package
    • Supports Intel Pentium D / Pentium Processor Extreme Edition processors
    • Supports Intel Pentium 4 / Pentium 4 Extreme Edition processors
    • Intel Hyper-Threading Technology ready
    • Northbridge: Intel 945P Express
      • 533 / 800 / 1066MHz front side bus
      • PCI Express x16 graphics
    • Southbridge: Intel ICH7
      • Intel High Definition Audio
      • Supports four PCI Express x1 lanes
      • Supports up to eight USB 2.0 ports
      • Supports four SATA II ports
      • Single-channel Ultra ATA-100 IDE port
    • Supports four unbuffered DIMMs of 1.8 Volt DDR2 SDRAM
    • Supports DDR2-677/533/400 dual channel memory architecture
    • Intel ICH7 Southbridge
      • 1 x Ultra ATA 33/66/100 (data transfer rate up to 100MB/sec.)
      • 4 x SATA II (Serial ATA II 3.0Gbps interface)
    • GigaRAID ITE8212F IDE RAID controller 
      • 2 x Ultra ATA 33/66/100/133 (data transfer rate up to 133MB/sec.)
      • Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1
    • Intel High Definition Audio (Azalia)
    • Realtek ALC880 HD Audio CODEC
    • Broadcom BCM5759 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller
    I/O Interface
    • 1 x Floppy connector
    • 3 x Ultra ATA IDE connectors
    • 4 x SATA connectors
    • 8 x USB 2.0 ports (4 x rear, 4 x header)
    • 1 x RJ45 LAN port
    • 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output 
    • 8-Channel Audio I/O ports
    • 1 x 9-pin serial port
    • 1 x parallel port
    • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 mouse port
    • 1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 keyboard port
    Expansion Slots
    • 1 x PCIe x16 slots, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
    • 2 x PCIe x1 slots, PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a compliant
    • 3 x 32-bit PCI slots, PCI 2.3 compliant
    Special Features
    • Super Technology
    • ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6"(30.5cm x 24.4cm)

    Rear panel of the 945P7AA-8KS2 is quite simple with a single coaxial S/PDIF output for digital audio. The empty space adjacent is reserved for additional S/PDIF and FireWire ports available in a higher end model.

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