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Old July 27, 2009, 09:38 AM
windwithme windwithme is offline
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Default windwithme’s Core i7 review Part 10 - Foxconn Flaming Blade GTI Indepth review

At this half year, the Intel’s core i7 is the key promoted product of the high-end product line.
The users are really easy to run out their budget while the CPU is still not cheap at all….

But the pricing of X58 motherboard is a bit “flexible” than the CPU’s.
So, some of the manufactures have already launch their entre-level X58 mobos.
The price of them are around USD200 ~ 200.
It’s much cheaper that compares to the highest-end models.

Recently, Intel is going to launch their Core i5 (LGA1156) processor. It’s around the corner.
For the different segment of the market, Intel will place Core i3, Core i5 & the Core i7 as the value, mid-range and high-end product.

After the launch of Flaming Blade, FOXCONN releases a step-lower model, called Flaming Blade GTI version.
The price is around USD183.

First, take a look at the package design.
Although it should be a value X58 board, but FOXCON still make it as a high-end product design. Looks like a high-end product.

A big box package and some details in the back for the spec too.

FOXCONN Flaming Blade GTI, the board.

In this market segment, the ordinary capacitors are the reasonable choice.

The bundling:
User Manual, Easy guide, Drivers and Utility CD, IO shield….etc.

The lower-left part:
2 X PCI-E X16 slots
(supports2 X 16X之ATI CrossFireX)
1 X PCI-E X4 slot
2 X PCI slots
The LAN chip: Realtek RTL8111C
The audio codec: Realtek ALC888,supports 7.1 channels HD audio.

The lower right part:
The debug light

The upper right part:
3-channel DDR3, support 1333/ 1600/ 1800, max support up to 12G
The left plug is the 24pin power input.

The upper left
This is LGA1366 socket, but Foxconn keep the 775 cooler’s mount hole.
A real smart design for users
The CPU power supply parts, the board put 6-phase PWM on.
I think it’s enough for i7 normal usage.
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