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DFI LANParty 875P-T Motherboard Review

DFI LANParty 875P-T Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: DFI's LANParty 875P-T is a very interesting motherboard, and one of only a few in its class.
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External Mfg. Website: DFI Oct 12 2004   Colin Sun  
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PCTranspo

Finally, in PCstats look at the DFI 875P-T motherboard we get to the DFI PC Transpo case carrying strap. In my opinion, it 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 my first year of university. If I had one of these case straps it certainly would have made my LAN Partying days much, much easier.

The PC Transpo is basically a bunch of straps that will fit around a standard full tower case, to make lugging a PC around as easy as carrying a bag. The PC Transpo has a pre molded grip which fits into your hand very comfortably, so picking up a heavy PC is a bit easier to manage.

If your rig is just too heavy for you to carry in one hand, DFI have even had enough sense to include a shoulder strap which will make transporting a heavy system a synch! The PC Transpo includes two pockets on the site, one of which is deep enough to hold a keyboard. I think a velcro catch on both the pockets would have been a good idea, as it's possible something could fall out during transportation.

Other than that, DFI's PC Transpo is a really useful accessory for Lan Partying. I definitely have to tip my hat off to DFI for including that along with the LANParty 875P-T motherboard.

The 875P-T and Overclocking

I'm sure DFI know that most of the enthusiasts they're trying to woo are also avid overclockers. Luckily for us, DFI engineers have put together one of the best i875P/Socket 775 motherboards on the block. With CPU voltages ranging as high as 1.975V, and memory voltages peaking at 3.2V, this board seriously means business!

Using a Pentium 4 540 (3.2E) we started to slowly raise the FSB up from 200 MHz. At 213 MHz the 875P-T ran into a few problems, but increasing the DIMM voltage to 2.8V solved the issues, and we were able to continue on.

The next hurdle popped up at 227 MHz FSB, and seemed to relate to the memory. The DIMM voltage was bumped to 3.2V, but that didn't help any, and we were forced to lower the memory divider from 1:1 to 5:4 in order to continue this overclocking adventure. The Pentium4 540 began to flake out at 252 MHz FSB, so its core voltage was increased to 1.5V in hopes of stabilizing things. Eventually we were able to hit a very nice 257 MHz FSB, which is not bad for an i875P-based motherboard.


Totally awesome!!!< /FONT >

More impressive than the FSB was the overall CPU speed; with a Pentium 4 540 (3.2E) in the DFI LANParty 875P-T, the system was pushed to a very respectable 4.11 GHz (on a stock heatsink) while maintaining 100% Prime95 stability! It makes you wonder just how fast this board could go if it was hooked up to an (R404A-modded) Prometeia Mach I system...

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Contents of Article: DFI LANParty 875P-T
 Pg 1.  DFI LANParty 875P-T Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Finer points of a good motherboard
 Pg 3.  — PCTranspo
 Pg 4.  The Wonderful DFI BIOS!
 Pg 5.  System Specs and SYSmark 2004
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2002, Winbench 99
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2004, Super Pi
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, PCMark04
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, AquaMark3
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat, UT2003, UT2004
 Pg 11.  Maximum Motherboard Overclock Test and Conclusion

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