All manufacturers are pushing their new AMD chipsets with PCI Express interface on the market, we were able to take a look at the ASUS A8N-SLI and the two gigabyte models K8NXP-SLI and throw K8NXP-9, both of which are representative of the nForce 4-ranks. So far, nothing is out of the house and its VIA K8T890 listen to and so we take the time to look at the DFI nForce4 series to throw, so we two bulging packages arrived with the two motherboards DFI LanParty nF4 SLI-DR DFI LanParty UT nF4 and the Ultra-D, how do the two potential OC-hit wonders from the previous competition.
DFI has for years been established to the motherboard manufacturers, DFI was established in 1981 and is focused from the beginning to the production of motherboards and graphics cards currently, DFI, but no graphics card in the program and focuses on mainboards for serious gamers and overclockers, this one developed the Lanparty series. A complete overview of all the boards and their features can be found on the DPI website and of course in our market overview
Perfect Board, we had often Lanparty boards in the test - with this series you want to move into the area that was previously reserved ASUS and Abit, as more and more high-end enthusiasts on DFI boards change, one can consider this project a success.
The two DFI motherboards offer everything for the user's heart, dual Gigabit LAN, USB 2.0, FireWire, Serial ATA-II and 8-channel sound, on the LanParty nF4 SLI-DR is also soldered still has an extra Serial ATA controller on the motherboard. Thus a total of 8 Serial ATA devices can be connected, how it looks with the adjustment options in terms of VCore and VDIMM and how well the board in the overclocking test behaves, we will cover later.
There is some confusion in the assembly of the PCI-Express slots with PCI Express lanes, here we found on the DSI Web page information, so that the boards have a total of 21 and 23 PCI Express lanes would however, the nForce 4 has only a maximum of 20 PCI Express lanes, so we asked for with DFI, looks like exactly the configuration - but received no response. For the x16 slots was the assignment quickly realized and the fact that the nForce 4 up to 20 PCI Express lanes has, we were able to draw conclusions to make the connection of the x4 slots - with this it may be only one x1 Slot act, since this is designed as a x4 slot, can insert the customer a little more flexible the board - for example, using a x4 card this is, of course, but only with x1 speed.