After some discussions for and against removing
overclocking benchmarks entirely from PCstats reviews, we have decided to
change how we do things, but still include them. From now on, PCstats reviews
are simply listing the maximum overclocked speed a motherboard is able to
achieve here, rather than for each and every benchmark.
Since overclocking can be a very subjective skill, it
just makes more sense to keep our benchmarks focused on the stock performance of
system components. Plus, by listing the maximum overclocked speeds of various
motherboards here, you have a better idea of which manufacturer really does
produce the best goods for enthusiasts!
I have a feeling
the DFI 875P-T motherboard could have gone higher if we had a lower clocked
processor, but 'if's' don't count here. In any case, you're definitely
going to be happy with the LANParty 875P-T if you're an
In spite of DFI's great
progress in the last year and a half, many consumers still don't
realize that DFI is a major
player when it comes to enthusiast calibre gear.
With this board, DFI have really given enthusiasts who want to
upgrade to the Socket 775 Pentium 4 processor an interesting alternative to
LANparty 875P-T is a good transitional board, and one without the fuss and
expense of entirely new memory, hard drives, or videocard. When comparing
the performance differences between the DFI LANParty 875P-T and an
equivalent high end 925X-based motherboard, it's also pretty
clear where the performance differences reside.
When it comes
to bundling in goodies, DFI's LANParty series is top notch; UV
reactive cables, a UV wire sleeving kit, the PC Transpo LAN party transportation
strap, and FrontX ports...
On the system side, the CMOS Reloaded feature is awesome,
and really comes in handy during testing.
Ultimately, the benchmark performance of the DFI LANParty 875P-T motherboard was
excellent. It is not as fast as an 925X-based motherboard like
the Gigabyte GANXP-D, but it's close enough. Our overclocking tests were
also very positive considering the system reached 257 MHz FSB. In other words,
that is a total overclock to 4.11 GHz with a 3.2GHz chip!
With a retail
price of $215 CDN ($172 US), the DFI LANParty
875P-T is a bit on the pricey side, but well within range of
other enthusiast quality motherboards. If you want to play the game, you
got to be prepared to get the right tools, and the DFI LANParty 875P-T is
certainly a wild ride!
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