Intel is one of the few companies that can push the entire computer industry in the direction it wants. The power plug placement favors standard ATX case designs and the power cable management is very good. The memory modules can easily be changed with a full size video card installed in the first PCI Express x16 slot. Beginners Guides Cases and Access. Looking at it rationally, is this really a budget board? Overall, I thought the P7AA has a nice layout.
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Foxconn places the four-pin 12V auxiliary power connector to the left of the CPU socket area, which could cause cable management issues. The USB connectors sit on either side of the capacitors and are truly located in a cluttered area. I had no issue installing a large X XT or a smaller RX video card, both fit perfectly and had no influence on other internal components.
The Northbridge and Southbridge chipsets are passively cooled with large heatsinks that do not interfere with any installed peripherals. Foxconn did a very good job with the color coordination of the various peripheral slots and connectors.
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The power plug placement favors standard ATX case designs and the power cable management is very good. The board is lacking most clearance issues and was very easy to install in a mid-size ATX case.
Coupled with the ability to use the same processors as its bigger brother the X7AA, the P7AA starts to look like a pretty good bargain. Twice in our testing, we had a SATA cable come loose and cause an issue.
Still, future-proofing is always a good route to take, and if you are scouting out new Intel socket systems, there is no reason not to look at motherboards which support dual core CPUs. There are many benefits to multi-core processors; high end workstations and servers have long been equipped with 945p7as than CPU, allowing SMP-capable programs to distribute work loads.
Intel is one of the few companies that can push the entire computer industry in the direction it wants.
However, due to the very large MCH heatsink, installation of certain cooling solutions could be problematic. Doom 3 and Conclusions The board itself is full size ATX Log in Don’t have an account? Features Foxconn designed an acceptable board layout with all major connections easily reached. Overall, I thought the P7AA has a nice layout.
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The DIMM module slots’ color coordination is correct for dual channel setup. The board fully supports manual memory timing adjustments or allows for an Auto setting that will set the memory to the SPD settings.
Foxconn should have included the new design as it enhances the security of the SATA connections. The Northbridge cooler is arranged in such a way to take advantage of the CPU fan, giving the chipset an almost active cooling solution. If you are going to place the connectors along the edge of the board, why not rotate them parallel to the board to reduce clutter? In fact, this system, like the other two boards, kept the chipsets cool enough so that additional chipset voltage was not a factor in our overclocking tests.
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My issues were few, better placement of the FDD connector, and maybe an additional fan header or two would have been a nice addition, but other than that, the P7AA has a nice clean layout, and is definitely a very good looking board.
We did not have any issues utilizing this slot with video cards containing single slot cooling systems, but we were unable to install a network card upon installation of a NVIDIA Ultra in the x16 PCI Express slot. We utilized the stock Intel heat sink, but also verified if several foxcon cooling systems would fit in this area during our tests.
Depending on the applications and operating system, multi-processing environments can make a significant impact or have virtually none. The audio panel consists of 6 ports that can foxconj configured for 2, 4, 6, and 8-channel audio connections. Beginners Guides Cases and Access. The CMOS reset is a traditional jumper design 945p7a conveniently along the edge of the board.