Foxconn N68S7AA-8EKRS2H (NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI)


Introduction

Introduction

Foxconn moved into the enthusiast and gaming motherboard segment a year ago with one of the first NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI boards in the market, the C51XEM2AA. At that time, Foxconn was said to have closely worked with NVIDIA on the design of the board, which also marked the beginning of NVIDIA's designed-to-order reference platforms. NVIDIA revived the concept when they launched the nForce 680i SLI chipset, selling complete reference motherboards to OEM partners, leading to the existence of two types of boards in the market, those that are "Designed by NVIDIA" such as the ECS PN2-SLI2+ and the custom engineered ones like the ASUS Striker Extreme or Gigabyte's GA-N680SLI-DQ6.

Being one of the largest contract manufacturers in the IT industry, Foxconn has a predictable past of sticking with reference designs, but interestingly enough, they've chosen not to go the same route with their own version of the nForce 680i SLI. Foxconn's latest N68S7AA-8EKRS2H motherboard sports a great looking custom design that isn't cluttered, but still looks like it means business. Let's find out if the N68S7AA-8EKRS2H has what it takes to make the grade.

The list below shows the peripherals that are bundled with the Foxconn N68S7AA-8EKRS2H:-

  • 6 x SATA data cables
  • 3 x SATA power converter cables (dual plugs)
  • 1 x 80-conductor Ultra ATA data cable
  • 1 x floppy drive data cable
  • FireWire (2 ports) bracket
  • USB 2.0 (4 ports) bracket
  • COM port bracket
  • SLI high-speed digital link interface bridge
  • I/O shield
  • Driver CD
  • User's manual