We took a look at Foxconn's top-of-the-line Bloodrage
X58 motherboard last year and were impressed with the wealth
of features on the strictly enthusiast-class mobo. However, with a
street price of around £280 it ain't cheap, especially with
competitors now selling decent X58s for around £200.
Maybe you don't need the dry-ice container and waterblock, so Foxconn
will be launching a cut-down model dubbed Bloodrage Flaming Blade, to
fit in-between the GTI and Bloodrage.
Picture courtesy of Expreview
Flaming Blade is full-fat
Bloodrage on a diet. Gone is the over-the-top cooling, PCIe x16 slots
are reduced from four to two, the excellent Sonar X-Fi soundcard is
eschewed in favour of onboard audio, SAS support gets chopped, and the
SATA ports are moved from the edge to further into the interior.
Still, one of our biggest grievances, the provision of just three DIMM
slots, remains with the Flaming Blade. While we're at it, why not get
rid of the floppy-connector; it serves very little use now.
Should the BIOS remain solid and performance decent at, say, 200MHz
BCLK, the board could be of real interest if priced