Foxconn Quantum Force Destroyer to cost $299

Posted on Thursday, May 29 2008 @ 21:14 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Foxconn unveiled Destroyer, this is the first motherboard in the Quantum Force lineup for the AMD platform. The Quantum Force Destroyer uses the NVIDIA nForce 780a SLI chipset, it supports up to 4-way SLI and will be available this month for $299.
2-way, 3-way SLI or 4-way graphics firepower With 4* PCIe2.0 x16 slots, Destroyer includes multiple options for graphics configurations, including 3-way SLI™ support or 4-way graphics. Multi-graphics configurations present enthusiasts and with huge boosts in graphics performance, with 3-way SLI™ providing up to 2.8x the performance capability of a single graphics card and catering for extreme HD resolutions of 2560x1600 at truly playable frame rates.

Accelerated HD graphics performance
Destroyer includes new technologies designed to further boost the performance of installed graphics cards, and enable playback of HD video content.

GeForce® Boost turbocharges the performance of GeForce® graphics cards by utilizing the onboard GeForce® GPU in tandem with installed graphics cards. The integrated GPU also features PureVideo HD technology which combines high-definition video decode acceleration and post-processing to deliver unprecedented picture clarity, smooth video, accurate color, and precise image scaling for movies and video. PureVideo HD includes required content protection circuitry (HDCP) for playing the new Blu-ray and HD DVD movies at the highest quality possible, and is directly integrated with the leading HD movie software players.

HybridPower™ saves energy and reduces noise from your PC by disabling installed graphics cards when they are not needed, and re-activating them for graphics-intensive applications such as gaming.

New audio technology
Destroyer includes a new audio solution using Low ESR Metallized Polyster Film capacitors to deliver greater sound clarity and audio fidelity. The onboard audio circuits of the 7.1channel HD audio use metallized polyster film capacitors with low ESR to improve audio quality and reduce interference. These components are widely used in high-end audio equipment.

ESR (Equivalent Series Resistance) is the degree to which natural resistance occurs in a capacitor, generating heat and resulting in failure or distortion of signals. The use of low ESR capacitors in audio circuits reduces occurrences of electrical noise and improves frequency response - especially in the higher audio ranges of 20-48KHz.

Quantum BIOS
The new Quantum BIOS found on the Destroyer motherboard has been adapted for the AMD platform. Just as on Destroyer’s sister Intel-platform motherboard – Dreadnought - the BIOS menus are intuitive and user friendly, organized in groups of inter-related settings. A huge number of settings and tweaks have been opened up to enthusiasts to push the performance of their hardware.

Unique accessories for enthusiasts
Just like the BLACKOPS motherboard, Destroyer includes a range of accessories designed to provide additional convenience and performance enhancements for overclockers.

Destroyer owners will receive the Quantum Lap motherboard tray for convenient workbench access to all parts of the motherboard, and the Quantum Flow kit – which improves airflow around installed VGA cards. The Quantum Flow fan can be installed in a horizontal or vertical position, and lowers temperatures around multi-VGA rigs by around 5ºC.

Safety and convenience for overclocking
Onboard CMOS reset and power on/off buttons and the OC Recover feature combine to speed up recovery time from unsuccessful overclocking attempts, whilst the new Twin BIOS feature safeguards against BIOS corruption and enables hot-swapping of BIOS chips.

The Windows-based AEGIS Panel enables easy and quick overclocking along with system monitoring features, and has an intuitive GUI that allows control of clock frequencies, voltages and more.

Flexible connectivity
Destoyer features Dual Gigabit LAN – ideal for LAN parties where gamers can use one port to connect to the internet and another for the LAN. Also included are a wide range of connectivity technologies including SATAII, eSATA, ATA, USB2.0 and FireWire (IEEE1394). – NVIDIA® MediaShield™ Storage technology provides a suite of features that safeguard your most important digital media assets and provides RAID 0, 1, 10, 5 configurations.

  Destroyer, NVIDIA® 780a SLI
CPU Support  Supports Phenom™ FX, Phenom™ socket AM2+ processors. Supports Athlon™ 64FX, Athlon™ 64x2, Athlon™ 64, Sempron™ socket AM2 processors
H/T  HyperTransport™ 3.0
Memory  Dual DDR2 1066(oc)/800/667/533MHz, 4* DIMMs, 8GB Max.
Expansion  4* PCIe x16 Gen2.0 with 3-way SLI™ support (1* x16, 2* x8 bandwidth). Also supports 4* graphics cards (4* x8), 1* PCIe, 1* PCI
On board graphics  Support  Hybrid SLI
Connectivity  6* SATAII, RAID, 2* eSATA, 12* USB 2.0, 2* IEEE1394a, 1* ATA 133
Audio  7.1 channel HD Audio with Low ESR capacitors
Networking  Dual Gigabit LAN
Form Factor ATX

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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