Foxconn H67S review

Sandy Bridge in a tiny form factor with this mini-ITX motherboard

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It's early days for Sandy Bridge motherboard testing, and it will take time to generate a reference point for comparative performance. That said, we do happen to have Asus' Maximus IV Extreme on hand to provide some early context.

The Maximus is an enthusiast-class board based on the P67 discrete chipset, and therefore probably represents the fastest possible platform for Intel's new Sandy Bridge CPUs, including the astonishing Core i7-2600K. As our benchmarks show, the H67S isn't quite running on all cylinders. The main problem is sub-optimal support for Intel's Turbo Boost feature.

Professional rendering, Cinebench R10

Time – faster is better

Foxconn H67S: 38 seconds
Asus Maximus IV Extreme: 35 seconds
Gigabyte P55A-UD6**: 46 seconds

Video encoding, x264 HD

Frames per second – higher is better

Foxconn H67S: 32fps
Asus Maximus IV Extreme: 35fps
Gigabyte P55A-UD6**: 28fps

Gaming, World in Conflict

Frames per second – higher is better

Foxconn H67S: 90fps
Asus Maximus IV Extreme: 96fps
Gigabyte P55A-UD6**: 78fps

Memory bandwidth, SiSoft Sandra

Gigabyte per seconds – higher is better

Foxconn H67S: 14.1GB/s
Asus Maximus IV Extreme: 18.7GB/s
Gigabyte P55A-UD6**: 17.3GB/s

** P55 chipset and Intel Core i7-870