The LANParty PRO875B is a full
size ATX board, but the layout is generally very good. The main IDE connectors
and ATX power connectors are to the right of the DIMM slots, which should help
keep those large cables out of the way of the other system devices and make them
more accessible when installed.
everything organized, DFI place the most of the other headers and ports on the
lower right hand corner which makes it easier to manage the rats nest of
also impressed to see that DFI included an IDE RAID controller instead of a
Serial ATA-only RAID controller. Lastly I know the techy out there will totally
appreciate the power and reset buttons right on the board.
real problem I can see with the Pro875B's layout is that there isn't much space
between the AGP slot and Northbridge heatsink. You'll have a tough time
installing a third party videocard heatsink like the Zalman ZM-80C.
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more to the package than just the motherboard; we also get a pair of nice UV
reactive braided round cables (one IDE, one floppy) which match the UV reactive
slots on the motherboard.
some of the cheaper rounded cables on the market, these ones are extremely
flexible. The cables are protected by a metal braid so they won't be damaged
easily if they should brush up against a sharp corner in the case, and more
importantly, the signal should remain stronger over the extended
The FrontX Drive bay
is another very useful accessory that comes with the LANParty PRO875B. It brings
the most used ports to the font of the case where they are much more accessible.
In this instance, the FrontX port gives you access to USB, IEEE 1394, and audio
we get to the PC Transpo case carrying strap which in my opinion is the coolest
"extra" that's included in the LANParty package.
I remember a few of my
non-computer friends calling me a geek because I use to drag my PC to my
friend's place to play games on weekends during first year of university. If I
had one of these case straps it certainly would have made my LAN Parting days
Transpo has a pre molded grip which fits into your hand very well, so lugging
around a heavy PC is a bit easier to manage. If your rig is just too heavy for
you to carry, DFI have even had enough sense to include a shoulder strap which
will make transporting your PC a synch! The PC Transpo also includes two
pockets, one which is deep enough to hold your keyboard. I think a velcro lock on both the pockets would
have been a good idea as it's possible something could fall out during
transportation... but other than that the PC Transpo is a really useful
accessory for Lan Parties. I definitely have to tip my hat off to DFI for
including that along with the LANParty PRO875B motherboard.