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X38A
 
 

  • Intel® Core™2 Quad, Core™2 Extreme, Core™2 Duo, Pentium® Dual-Core processors, Socket T (LGA775)
  • Supports Intel® next generation 45nm Multi-Core processors 
  • 1333/1066/800 (FSB)
  • Dual channel DDR2 1066(oc**)/800/667 x 4 DIMMs, Max. 8GB
  • DDR3 1333/1066/800 x 2 DIMMs, Max. 4GB 
  • 3 x PCIe x16, 2 x PCIe x1, 2 x PCI 
  • ATA x 1, 1394a x 2, SATAII x 6, eSATA x 2 
  • 7.1 channel, Realtek® ALC888
  • Dual GbE LAN, Realtek® RTL8111B and RTL8110SC
  • 8 USB 2.0 ports
Sold In: North and South America, APAC, China, Europe

Overview

Part of the Digital Life series of motherboards, the X38A offers enhanced connectivity and entertainment capability, backed-up by high-performance features and components. This motherboard supports the latest industry technologies - Intel® Core™2 Quad and Core™2 Duo processors, and DDR3 1333MHz memory. With Foxconn Combo Memory capability, both DDR3 and DDR2 memory are supported on this motherboard, which means you can upgrade your memory without changing your motherboard. A 100% SOLID Capacitor design and Ferrite Choke power delivery help to maximize performance and increase reliability. Dual Digital Audio enables seperation of 2 different sound sources from your PC, and also provides 2 digital audio outputs via S/PDIF Coaxical and Fibre. The proprietary Foxconn Digital Connector (FDC) provides an upgrade route to future Foxconn digital lifestyle and entertainment products, whilst Dual eSATA, FireWire and USB2.0 connectors deliver greater connectivity for external devices.

Supports latest Intel® Core™2 Quad and Core™2 Duo processors up to 1333MHz FSB, along with Intel® next-generation 45nm CPUs
Multimedia enthusiasts, prepare to enthuse. Bring quad-core performance to your desktop with the Intel® Core™2 Quad processor. It's the ideal engine for highly threaded entertainment applications and highly productive multitasking.

 

 

The Intel® X38 Express Chipsets support the latest multi-core processors up to FSB 1333MHz, including the upcoming 45nm platform, with its record breaking performance and greater energy efficiency. Intel® X38 chipset, with optimized system memory capabilities, chipset over-speed protection removed for maximum overclocking, providing faster boot and application load times and additional power savings. Intel® X38 chipset also offer options for both DDR2 and DDR3 memory support, providing scalable options for users wanting to take advantage of higher memory performance with less power consumption to run next generation applications such as high-definition video and 3D visualization.
  Dual-channel DDR3 1333/1066/800MHz memory, 4GB. Max. or Dual-channel DDR2 1066(OC**)/800/667MHz memory, 8GB. Max.
Install DDR2 memory modules today, and upgrade to high-speed DDR3 memory later, all without changing your motherboard.

3 x PCIe x16 (run x16 + x16 with CrossFire™ support, plus x4 for other additional graphics card)
ATI CrossFire™ technology harnesses the power of two ATI graphics cards simultaneously to deliver ultra-smooth 3D graphics with more graphical detail than ever before. Ideal for gaming enthusiasts who demand the highest frame rates without compromising on resolution.
  Dual Digital Audio (7.1 Channel HD)
Digital Fibre and Coaxical S/PDIF outputs provide the highest quality sound output, and more flexibility for connecting audio systems. Dual Digital Audio enables you to isolate different sound sources on your PC and split them between either the two digital outputs or via analogue 7.1 channel audio and the front panel outputs.
   

Do more online with Dual Gigabit LAN; connect to 2 independent networks without speed loss, or share your internet connection with another computer.

 RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, JBOD with Intel® Matrix Storage Technology
Easy configuration of RAID disk set-ups for improved performance; separate performance data (e.g. games), and valuable data (e.g. O/S) for best performance and security solution.

Intel® Rapid Recover enables easy and automatic back-up of data , with the capability to immediately recovery lost files.

 

2* rear-mounted eSATA connectors provide a super-fast and convenient interface to a range of external storage devices.

2* IEEE1394a (FireWire) connectors provide convenient and fast 400Mb/s data transfer

6* SATAII connectors provide for fast, reliable and adaptable storage capability.

A total of 8* USB2.0 ports (4 rear-mounted) allow you to connect a huge range of devices.

Windows Vista™ Premium Certified
Microsoft Windows Vista™ is designed to dramatically improve the computing experience of every kind of PC user—from people at home who use their PCs for simple web browsing, to business people who must organize and act on large volumes of data, to scientists who routinely perform complex mathematical analysis.

Foxconn's 100% SOLID Capacitor design further improves component reliability, by replacing electrolytic capacitors with solid versions; this removes the risk of capacitor failure damaging the PCB and surrounding components, whilst improving overall system performance and stability. Solid capacitors are much more durable than standard electrolytic versions, typically lasting around 6 times longer and withstanding higher operating temperatures.
 

Ferrite Choke design improves power delivery to the motherboard. By using an iron-oxide core, the Ferrite Choke design can hold energy at a higher frequency than traditional iron cores, resulting in less power loss, and more stability and performance capability for your system.

Foxconn Digital Connector
Enables connection to Foxconn digital entertainment and communications products, opening up a world of digital possibilities.

With a dedicated on-board FoxOne™ chipset and specialist control software working in tandem,  FoxOne™ brings intelligent system controls to your PC. Now you can easily tweak your system performance with a range of Windows and BIOS accessible controls, monitor performance and system temperatures, and activate preset performance modes.

Easily reset CMOS on the workbench, when recovering from failed overclock attempt.

On/off/reset buttons are located directly on the motherboard PCB, so you can easily start and reset your system whilst testing it on the workbench.
 

Quickly and easily update your system and drivers through the easy Windows-based FoxLiveUpdate utility.

Colour-coded EasyPin headers enable quick connection of internal devices.
 

Specification

Processor Intel® Core™2 Quad, Core™2 Extreme, Core™2 Duo, Pentium® Dual-Core processors , Socket T (LGA775)
Supports Intel® next generation 45nm Multi-Core processors
Chipset Intel® X38 + ICH9R
Front Side Bus 1333 / 1066 / 800 MHz (FSB)
Memory Dual channel DDR2 1066(oc**)/800/667 x 4 DIMMs (Max. 8GB) or DDR3 1333/1066/800 x 2 DIMMs (Max. 4GB)
VGA on Die Discreted
Expansion Slots 3 x PCIe x16, 2 x PCIe x1, 2 x PCI
Supports PCIe Gen2.0 for increased bandwidth between system and PCIe cards
supports future VGA cards
IDE ATA 133 x1
Serial ATA(SATA)/RAID SATAII x 6 + eSATA x 2 w / RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and Intel® Matrix storage technology
Audio 7.1 channel, Realtek® ALC888
LAN Dual GbE LAN, Realtek® RTL8111B and RTL8110SC
IEEE1394 1394a x2
Back Panel I/O Ports 1 set 7.1 channel Audio jacks (6 jacks)
1x PS/2 keyboard port
1x PS/2 mouse port
1x S/PDIF Out Coaxial
1x S/PDIF Out Fiber
1x IEEE1394 port
2x eSATA
4x USB 2.0 ports
2x RJ45 LAN port
1x Foxconn Digital Connector
Internal I/O Connectors ATX 24-Pin power connector
8-pin ATX 12V power connector
CPU / System / Chipset FAN connectors
1x CD-in connector
1x Front Audio header
1x IRDA
1x Speaker
1x S/PDIF Out
1x Floppy connector
1x Front Panel connector
2x USB 2.0 connectors support additional 4 ports
6x SATAII connectors
1x COM header
1x on-board power_LED
1x IEEE1394 connector supports additional one port
1x Intruder
1x IDE connector
BIOS Features 8Mb flash EEPROM w/ LAN boot PnP, ACPI, WfM, DMI
Support CD
Standards/Manageability PCI 2.3, USB2.0, DMI 2.5
Special Features ** Achieved by overclocking
Form Factor ATX (12" x 9.6")

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BIOS
File Description Version Size Updated Date
X38A E5200 CPU regression. 723F1P14 712KB 9/8/2008
X38A Fixed Hotkey flash BIOS will auto restart. 723F1P05 690KB 2/20/2008
X38A Fixed New 45nm CPU can't support issue. 723F1P03 560KB 11/14/2007
X38A Fixed s3 halt 03 when use E8500. 723F1P12 706KB 7/28/2008
X38A Fixed some memory ferq show fail. 723F1P09 693KB 4/28/2008
X38A Fixed system hung post when use 420 cpu. 723F1P10 705KB 7/23/2008
X38A Release new BIOS. 723F1P01 679KB 9/21/2007
Drivers
File Description Version Size Updated Date
X38A Intel Chipset Driver. 9.0.0.1009 2.13MB 7/28/2008
X38A Intel RAID Driver. 8.2.0.1001 414KB 7/28/2008
X38A JMicron RAID Driver. 1.17.33.3 4.03MB 7/28/2008
X38A Realtek 811X LAN Driver. 5.686.103.2008 4.51MB 7/28/2008
X38A Realtek HDA Audio Driver. 1.95 41.5MB 6/2/2009
X38A Realtek LAN Driver. 5.687.225.2008 4.60MB 7/28/2008
Manual
File Description Version Size Updated Date
X38A English manual V1.0 6.47MB 5/22/2009
Utility
File Description Version Size Updated Date
X38A FOX LiveUpdate. 1.0.7.3 2.66MB 6/2/2009
X38A FOX ONE. 1.1.5.8 14.5MB 6/2/2009


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