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Foxconn R50-i4000 Intel Atom D2500 (1.86GHz, dual core) Intel NM10 Intel GMA 3600 1 x HDMI Barebone
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2 out of 5 eggs Poor Graphic's Driver (Intel's Fault not Foxconn) 07/08/2012

This review is from: Foxconn R50-i4000 Intel Atom D2500 (1.86GHz, dual core) Intel NM10 Intel GMA 3600 1 x HDMI Barebone

Pros: Easy installation process. Simple to install HD (single screw, upside-down mounting) under an easy to remove tray that holds the 5 1/4 bay (for cd/dvd) and the card reader. Cables were long enough to reach all areas needed. "Most" included drivers were fairly up-to-date.
Runs well, no heat issues, case seems well vented given tight space in bookshelf build.

Cons: Due to intel's shortsightedness, there are no 64bit drivers available for the GMA3600 graphics. No where on the product page does it mention that only 32bit support is available for graphics drivers. and given that it is otherwise a 64bit system.. this is a large shortcoming.

Sadly, Window 7 Ultimate 32bit install seems VERY buggy, routine crashes and glitches in screen updates with 32bit graphics drivers. Window dragging leaves old time window 3.1 trails if system is at all under strain. (>30% cpu usage).

Perhaps there will be a third party driver release for the gma3600, because the chance of intel/foxconn fixing this is likely zero.

Given this restriction, it's use as a HTPC is highly limited as playback with buggy 32bit drivers is weak at best, and game playing is going to be almost impossible unless playing non-graphical games.

Other Thoughts: Win7 Ult 64 bit installs fine, but no graphics drivers available at all. (any attempt to circumnavigate driver install seems to fail or result in the "your computer fails to meet minimum requirements..." message. I tried every version of 64 bit windows 7 with the same result. I will leave it under these conditions for now as oddly, no graphics driver seems to be more stable and less draggy than the 32bit os build. Although Windows only gives it a 1 for 2d and 3d.

In the end, I may have to just RMA the whole thing and go back to Foxconn's AMD boxes or build from scratch myself. As not sure customer will be happy with a partially disabled machine


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Display Name: Gregory S.

Date Joined: 12/15/02

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