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Foxconn A9DA-S

The Foxconn A9DA-S is compatible with AMD processors with the Socket AM3 socket.

It has 16 GB DDR3 maximum RAM and conforms to the ATX form factor standard.

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Foxconn A9DA-S

help iconCPU SocketSocket AM3help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v2.x
help iconCPU Compatible MakeAMDhelp iconSLI Support0 graphics cards
help iconCPU Chipset890GXhelp iconCrossfire Support2 graphics cards
help iconRelease Date01 Feb 2011help iconOnboard GPUyes
help iconForm FactorATXhelp iconPCI Slots
  • 1 x PCIe x1 v2.0
  • 2 x PCIe x16 v2.0
help iconMax RAM16 GB DDR3help iconSATA 1.00
help iconRAM Slots4 x DDR3help iconSATA 2.00
help iconMemory Channels2help iconSATA 3.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR3 1066 MHz
  • DDR3 1333 MHz
  • DDR3 1600 MHz
help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots4help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x 24 pin power connector
  • 1 x 8 pin power connector
  • 1 x 4 pin power connector
  • 1 x 4 pin fan connector
  • CD/DVD drive connector
  • 1 x S/PDIF connector
  • System Panel Connection
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear6help iconBack Panel I/O
  • DVI connector"
  • Audio Input Output
  • PS/2 keyboard connector
  • PS/2 mouse connector

Foxconn A9DA-S compatibility review

The Foxconn A9DA-S uses the AMD Socket AM3 CPU socket. Any compatible AMD CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR3 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 1600 MHz, and 4 DDR3 slots allowing for a maximum total of 16 GB RAM.

Released on 01 Feb 2011, the Foxconn A9DA-S is now over 9 years old, which means it is extremely out of date and is based on very aged technologies. This motherboard will be dwarfed in performance by its modern counterparts, and will likely have very little support from Foxconn.

Conforming to the ATX standard, the Foxconn A9DA-S should fit into the majority of cases. ATX is the most common form factor, and as such has a high degree of compatibility with other components while providing a decent number of slots to widen your expansion options.

The Foxconn A9DA-S has 5 SATA 3.0 hard drive slots. These allow for theoretical data transfer speeds of up to 6GB/s, as opposed to the 3GB/s of SATA 2.0. Generally speaking, only high performance hard drives, specifically solid-state drives, will be able to take advantage of the bandwidth potential of SATA 3.0 ports, though it is backwards compatible, so you do not have to take advantage.

The Foxconn A9DA-S supports onboard graphics. This allows for integrated graphics when paired with a compatible CPU that supports them. Integrated graphics are a cheap alternative to using a graphics card, but should be avoided when frequently using modern applications or games that require intense graphical processing. There are 2 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means it is perfectly capable of accommodating the latest graphics cards, although it is important to try and use a graphics card with the same graphics card interface of PCIe v2.x, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the Foxconn A9DA-S's PCIe v2.x. The Foxconn A9DA-S supports up to 2 AMD Crossfire connected graphics cards for improved overall graphical performance at the cost of multiplied graphics-based power consumption as well as the price of the cards themselves. Nvidia SLI is not supported.

The Foxconn A9DA-S has 10 USB 2.0 slots but no USB 3.0 slots. While USB 3.0 slots are so far by no means necessary, and with a plethora of USB 2.0 peripherals to choose from, the USB functionality on this motherboard should be fine. If planning on building a new system, a motherboard with USB 3.0 is likely to have a longer life cycle, however.

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