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Foxconn A7DA-S 3.0 socket AM3 motherboard review

Alan Lu
28 Mar 2010
Foxconn A7DA-S 3.0 socket AM3 motherboard
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
88
inc VAT

Foxconn's A7DA-S 3.0 is a well-equipped motherboard but it isn't the best value at this price.

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Specifications

AM3, ATX, AMD 790GX chipset, supports: Sempron, Athlon 64 X2, Phenom, Phenom II, Athlon II

Foxconn's A7DA-S 3.0 has a distinctive yellow and black colour scheme, which may be appealing if you want to fit it inside a case with a side window. There's support for up to 8GB of DDR3 memory. This is half as much as other DDR3 AM3 motherboards we've seen, but should be more than enough any task - even editing AVCHD video.

The integrated Radeon HD 3300 graphics chip is capable of playing HD video. It can also be paired with a compatible Radeon graphics card to increase 3D graphics performance, although the speed boost provided is marginal. More useful is the ability to drive extra monitors using this pairing. Bear in mind that the large passive cooler for the Northbridge chip is located very close to the second graphics card slot, making it potentially tricky to fit an especially large card.

There are plenty of expansion ports and slots. There's a pair of PCI slots and another pair of PCI Express x1 slots for adding devices such as sound cards and wireless networking adapters. There are six SATA ports for connecting internal storage devices. All six are oriented parallel to the motherboard, which makes inserting cables tricky but also makes cabling neater. For external peripherals, there are six USB ports and another six can be added using the three USB headers. There's also an eSATA port, as well as a FireWire port and header.

Foxconn's A7DA-S 3.0 has plenty of ports and slots, but if you care about such expandability and flexibility then you'll probably want to spend £13 more on Gigabyte's GA-790XTA-UD4. It has even more expansion card slots, as well as USB3 and SATA III ports. The A7DA-S 3.0 is by no means a bad motherboard, but unless you can find it cheaper elsewhere, Gigabyte's motherboard is better value.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
Processor socketAM3
Form factorATX
Size305x244mm
Processor supportSempron, Athlon 64 X2, Phenom, Phenom II, Athlon II
Processor external bus200MHz (2GHz HyperTransport)
Chipset north bridgeAMD 790GX
Chipset south bridgeAMD SB750
Passively-cooled north bridgeyes
Integrated graphicsYes
Supported memory typeDDR3 800/1066/1333
Maximum memory speedPC3-10600
Memory slots4
Maximum memory8GB
Dual-channel supportyes

Buying Information

Price£88
Supplierhttp://www.morecomputers.com
Detailswww.foxconnchannel.com

Internal Ports

Power connectors1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 8-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots2
Dual graphics architectureCrossFireX
PCI-E x4 slots0
PCI-E x1 slots2
PCI slots2
Fan headers2
Floppy ports1
IDE ports1
Serial ATA ports6
RAID chipset (max disks)AMD SB750 (6x SATA II, RAID 0, 1, 5, 10)

Features

Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports)Realtek ALC888-GR (6x analogue out, optical S/PDIF)
USB2 ports / headers6/3
Firewire ports / headers1/1
Legacy ports1x PS/2
Other portsHDMI, DVI, VGA
Cables included2x SATA, 1x IDE, 1x floppy, 2x Molex to SATA power
Brackets included1x eSATA
Software includednone

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustmentCPU/RAM/Chipset
CPU clock max adjustment400MHz

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