Foxconn A78AX-K £60
27th Apr 2009 | 08:30
A budget DDR2 motherboard that beats its DDR3 brethren? Yes please
For this dust-up, we're really looking at the how the graphs change when pairing a Phenom II with DDR3 rather than DDR2.
The result: nothing. Perversely, this cheapie DDR2 board fared better in the memory bandwidth test than the DDR3 did. Which just adds to the case that there's next to zero real-world difference right now.
If you're after a gaming PC on the cheap then this no-frills Foxconn board will definitely do the trick. It's not particularly suited to overclocking, though, despite a raft of BIOS options – lockups kicked in depressingly quickly.
A miserly two RAM slots makes for an even worse downer. That aside, the price is right and that AM2+ socket is a real sweet spot for processor choice at the moment.