Foxconn F1 Motherboard Prototype

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This motherboard has two 24-pin power supply connectors (see in Figure 4), allowing you to install two power supplies to increase the current delivered to the motherboard – to the video cards, in particular. This product will also require an EPS12V connector and a standard peripheral connector to be installed on the board.

Foxconn F1 Motherboard PrototypeFigure 4: Two 24-pin power supply connectors.

On this prototype all electrolytic capacitors are solid, as expected on a high-end product, and all coils from the voltage regulator are ferrite coils, which provides a lower power loss compared to the traditional iron coils.

It also has a POST diagnostics display, which allows you to see what is wrong with your computer if it doesn’t turn on through a two-digit code, and on-board reset, power and clear CMOS switches, which is very convenient to overclockers.

Foxconn F1 Motherboard PrototypeFigure 5: POST display and reset, power and clear CMOS switches.

In Figure 6, you can see the rear panel from this prototype: PS/2 keyboard connector, PS/2 mouse connector, six USB 2.0 ports, two eSATA ports (controlled by a JMicron JMB363 chip), one FireWire port, two Gigabit Ethernet ports (using Broadcom chips) and, of course, the two connectors for the water-cooling system.

Foxconn F1 Motherboard PrototypeFigure 6: Rear panel.

If you paid close attention to Figure 6 you have noticed that this motherboard has no on-board audio solution. The audio will probably be available through an add-on card that will come with the motherboard, containing the audio codec and the various audio connectors.

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Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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