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DFI LANParty NF2 Ultra B Motherboard Review

DFI LANParty NF2 Ultra B Motherboard Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: Now that it's our time to test the DFI LANParty NF2 Ultra B, I can tell you my expectations are raised pretty high.
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External Mfg. Website: DFI Jan 15 2004   Colin Sun  
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CMOS Reloaded and Overclocking

DFI is particularly proud of their CMOS reloaded BIOS application. Basically, CMOS Reloaded allows you to save various overclocked settings so they can be reloaded at a later date.

CMOS Reloaded is a great feature for the hardcore tweaker/gamer who uses various settings for different applications, or games. It's also handy to save your BIOS settings so if you have to clear the CMOS they're there waiting for you to be reloaded and adjusted.

Taming the Beast!

With all those voltage options we were expecting some big numbers from the DFI LANParty nForce2 Ultra B motherboard and we were not to be disappointed!

The first thing we did was lower the multiplier to 8x so the processor would not bottleneck the motherboard, then we started to raise the FSB. At around 213 MHz FSB we ran into some stability problems but that was quickly solved by raising the DIMM voltage to 2.8V. At 227 MHz FSB we again ran into stability problems... though this time though we had to raise the chipset voltage to 1.8V to clear things up.

At 235 MHz FSB we had to raise the memory voltage again, this time to 3V. We seemed to hit the wall at 246 MHz FSB, anything higher than that and the system would not POST. Having a hunch that the problem was heat, just to test I pointed a fan at the Northbridge, and as expected we were able to eek out a bit more from the board!

With an active cooler on the Northbridge the maximum FSB we could run while maintaining stability was 250 MHz FSB, but since that's not stock we ran all the benchmarks at 246 MHz FSB. With appropriate cooling I can see the NF2 Ultra B doing 260+ MHz FSB with relative ease. Now for the benchmarks!

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Contents of Article: DFI LANParty NF2 Ultra B
 Pg 1.  DFI LANParty NF2 Ultra B Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Plenty of Features to keep the Enthusiast Happy
 Pg 3.  Accessories and PC Transpo
 Pg 4.  Heatsink Socket Clearances
 Pg 5.  NF2 Ultra B BIOS
 Pg 6.  — CMOS Reloaded and Overclocking
 Pg 7.  System Spec's and Benchmarks: Sysmark, Winstone
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Winbench99, SiSoft Sandra 2004
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, 3DMark2001
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: Quake III Arena, UT2003
 Pg 11.  The Ultimate AthlonXP board?

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