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Foxconn P43A review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £74
inc VAT


LGA775, ATX, Intel P43 chipset, supports: Celeron, Celeron Dual Core, Pentium Dual Core, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Extreme

Foxconn’s P43A is one of the cheapest Intel motherboards here at just £72 including VAT, but it was a fast LGA775 board in our benchmarks.

Despite its low price, it has two PCI Express x16 graphics card slots so you can fit two CrossFire-capable ATI graphics cards. However, this doesn’t boost games performance much, and dual-processor cards such as ATI’s Radeon HD4870 X2 are better value.

The P43A has a PCI Express x1 slot and three PCI slots. MSI’s similarly priced P45 Neo-F has an extra PCI Express x1 slot, but the P43A has a coaxial S/PDIF port for connecting a surround-sound receiver so you don’t need to buy a PCI sound card if you want to use S/PDIF.

Unusually, the P43A has a header for an IrDA infrared port, but most modern wireless peripherals use Bluetooth instead. More usefully, the four USB headers support up to two USB ports each, so you can use brackets to add up to eight extra USB ports to the four already present.

Along with MSI’s P45 Neo-F, the P43A is the only Intel motherboard here without a RAID controller so you can’t link multiple hard disks together. There are no FireWire ports or headers, so you’ll have to add a PCI card if you want to connect FireWire peripherals, such as a DV video camera. There are also no eSATA ports, so you’ll have to use a SATA-to-eSATA bracket or a PCI card if you want to connect eSATA hard disks.

Despite the P43A’s lack of a RAID controller, it’s the best-value Intel motherboard here.

Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Processor socket LGA775
Form factor ATX
Size 244x305mm
Processor support Celeron, Celeron Dual Core, Pentium Dual Core, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Extreme
Processor external bus 400MHz (1,600MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Chipset north bridge Intel P43
Chipset south bridge Intel ICH10
Passively-cooled north bridge yes
Integrated graphics No
Supported memory type DDR2 667/800/1066
Maximum memory speed PC2-8500
Memory slots 4
Maximum memory 16GB
Dual-channel support yes

Buying Information

Price £74

Internal Ports

Power connectors 1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 8-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots 2
Dual graphics architecture CrossFireX
PCI-E x4 slots 0
PCI-E x1 slots 1
PCI slots 3
Fan headers 2
Floppy ports 1
IDE ports 1
Serial ATA ports 6
RAID chipset (max disks) none


Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports) Realtek ALC888GR (6x analogue out, coaxial S/PDIF)
USB2 ports / headers 4/8
Firewire ports / headers 0/0
Legacy ports 2x PS/2, serial
Other ports 1x infrared
Cables included 1x SATA, 1x IDE, 1x floppy, 1x Molex to SATA power
Brackets included none
Software included Norton Internet Security 2007

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustment CPU/RAM/Chipset
CPU clock max adjustment 500MHz

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