Foxconn FlamingBlade GTI review

Is it worth using a simple motherboard for high-end processors?

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To keep the cost of the FlamingBlade GTI down to a reasonable level, Foxconn has gone back basics, so instead of the R (RAID) version of the ICH10 Southbridge that's normally associated with the X58, the FlamingBlade makes do with the standard non-RAID version.

Similarly, instead of the usual six DIMM slots – the X58 supports triple channel memory – there are only three, supporting up to 12GB of DDR3 1066/1333/1600/1800/ 2000MHz, the last three speeds through overclocking.

You won't find any USB 3.0 or SATA 6Gbps ports on the FlamingBlade GTI, but there are six SATA 3Gbps ports and the board supports up to 12 USB 2.0 ports via eight ports on the rear I/O panel with two headers on the board supporting the other four.

There's also a (rarely seen these days) ATA port, edge mounted at ninety degrees sitting just under the SATA ports.

Two PCI-E graphics slots are provided, but these only provide support for CrossFire setups only – no SLI support here. The two slots are well spaced to allow for cards with large cooling solutions to be fitted.

To help keep costs down, the board has a six-phase power design using standard components in the power circuitry; there are no military-class components on this board. The MOSFETS, along with the North and Southbridges, are passively cooled.

Sitting under the ATA port is a pair of LED readouts for the BIOS debugs, but unless you already know what the codes mean, you're going to have to look them up since they don't feature in the manual, which is a bit of a pain.

The rear I/O panel contains a PS/2 port, six audio ports for the integrated eight channel audio, single LAN and S/PDIF ports and eight USB2.0 ports.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelX58 Express
Multi GPU SupportedCrossFireX, CrossFire
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots2
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket B LGA-1366
Brand NameFoxconn
Form FactorATX
Processor SupportedCore i7, Core i7 Extreme Edition
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory12 GB
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots3
Number of PCI Slots2
Audio Channels7.1
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of IDE Interfaces1
Number of SATA Interfaces6
QuickPath Interconnect6.40 GT/s
Number of Total Expansion Slots5
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Total Number of USB Ports8
PS/2 PortYes
Number of PS/2 Ports1
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports2
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports2
PCI Express StandardPCI Express 2.0
Total Number of PCI Express Slots3
Width304.8 mm
Depth243.8 mm
ManufacturerFoxconn Electronics, Inc
Product ModelFlamingBlade GTI
Product NameFlamingBlade GTI Desktop Motherboard
Controller TypeFloppy Controller, Serial ATA/300, Ultra ATA/133 (ATA-7)
Manufacturer Part Number020F1664BA5-00
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Foxconn Quantum Force aims to deliver high performance computing, connectivity and digital entertainment. With more options for accessing and managing other devices, enhanced reliability features and new PC multimedia technologies. FlamingBlade GTI is the ideal choice for extreme performance or quantum force. This motherboard is based on the Intel X58 chipset - providing ultimate performance for today's desktop computers. The FlamingBlade GTI supports the latest industry technologies - Intel Bloomfield series processors and DDR3 1800MHz(via overclocking) memory. Ferrite Choke power delivery and Heatsink design help to maximize performance and increase reliability. And at the same time, provided the digital audio outputs via S/PDIF OUT and 7.1 HD Audio . guaratees the highest quality fidelity for games and movies.