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DFI NT72-SA i850E Motherboard Review

DFI NT72-SA i850E Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: With Intel dropping support for RDRAM and adopting dual channel DDR for the Pentium 4, it's obvious that RDRAM will be soon be taking a less important role in the P4 mainboard markets.
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External Mfg. Website: DFI Dec 26 2002   Colin Sun  
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Final Conclusions

RDRAM's last stand is a valiant one. In the grand scheme of things, the NT72-SA performs just about on par with the MSI GNB MAX-FISR at stock speeds which is very good. If you're already using RDRAM and would like to upgrade your current system, the DFI NT72-SA would be a good option if you don't plan to overclock.

In terms of features, the NT72-SA has the usual IDE RAID, 5.1 audio and LAN but it seems these days we expect this. The general layout and useability is quite good. Everything on the board from the IDE connectors to the power connectors and even the front panel I/O's are easy to access.

The NT72-SA is quite a tame motherboard and you certainly will not be buying this board for its overclocking functions. Still, performance at stock speeds is very good. That is usually a guaranty that when you pair RDRAM with a P4 that you will get decent speed and performance.

If you're a potential new P4 user, or a current P4 user of a DDR-base system you'll want to pass on the DFI NT72-SA. It's a good board with a lot of features, but you'd be buying into a short lifecycle since Intel has dropped support for RDRAM. If you're already a P4 user who has some RDRAM and now needs to consider getting a Hyper-Threading enabled chipset, then the DFI NT72-SA may be for you. As you can see it was pretty quick. =)

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Contents of Article: DFI NT72-SA
 Pg 1.  DFI NT72-SA i850E Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Onboard features
 Pg 3.  The NT72-SA BIOS
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: Sysmark 2002
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2002, Winbench 99
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Sandra 2002, PCmark 2002
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: 3DMark 2001, QIII Arena
 Pg 8.  — Final Conclusions

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