To keep it simple, let's have a look at the conclusion of our Foxconn P35AP-S Review
:Foxconn is new on the end-user market and combines extra support such as DDR3 with the fast and proven P35 chipset, offering lots of overclocking functions.
+ Very fast when overclocked
+ DDR3 support
+ Gladiator bios covers about everything you need regarding overclocking
- No real extra's
- Memory overclock doesn't work like it should work*
As you can see, it is a good board, but not good enough as it had some memory problems.
In terms of the memory support, we have a few remarks. First of all, don't go for a 'combo' motherboard (both DDR2 and DDR3) if you want a high memory overclock. Both motherboards had problems when clocking the memory at 600MHz, whereas the 'normal' boards (DFI and Asus) had no problem at all. Both MSI and Foxconn were contacted and the Foxconn engineers assured us to check out the problem to try and find a solution, whereas MSI advised us to run the board with Corsair or OCZ memory. The MSI even had problems running the memory at 500MHz when using Cas4!
To be short, both combo motherboards had problems with higher clocked memory, most likely due to a bios insufficiency. In order to help out our readers and people who use this board, we decided we were obliged to contact both Foxconn and MSI.
Let's draw a timeline:
18/11/07: Noticed the memory issues and contacted Foxconn
20/11/07: Got into contact with technical support, they assured me they would solve the problem.
23/11/07: Recieved an updated bios which should fix the bios
26/11/07: Day of publishing the P35 round-up article, flashed the new bios
The new bios allowed me to run 600MHz DDR2 without any problems, everything is rock stable.
To download the updated bios, click here
Fixing a bios problem in almost 1 week? The support is more than great! This places the board next/close to the DFI P35 Lanparty, which is a bit less cost-effective.
We have also received a new bios from MSI, but that did not yet fix the issue. They're still working on it, so I expect a follow-up article on the MSI P35 Platinum Combo very soon. Recommended for