It seems DFI may have run out of real estate when designing the LANParty NF4 SLI-DR.
The PCB is extremely crowded, forcing the audio solution to be mounted on a daughter card.
The Karajan 8-channel soundcard (which uses the
Realtek ALC850) is based on Intel's Azalia codec. The daughter card connects to the PCB via a
14-pin connector and is held in place with a port holder that snaps into
I was a bit concerned that the active heatsink on the NF4-SLI chipset
would not be up to the challenge of overclocking. It's quite low profile and
the heatsink itself doesn't have a lot of surface area. It runs in utter silence and is able
to cool the NF4-SLI well enough to hit... well higher than I've seen any
other board go anyway. We'll get to overclocking shortly...
My Only Gripe...
As an experienced overclocker I had absolutely no problems with
the DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR, but then again
I know what I'm doing. Perhaps it's not fair to hold DFI to a higher standard
than the rest of the crowd but I would have liked to see DFI include
an overclocking manual for novice users.
There aren't really any other manufacturers who do this, but then again very few enable such
high voltages that users could potentially destroy their
hardware with either. All it takes is for a newbie to set the CPU voltage 20-30%
higher than normal with stock/air cooling and poof, that processor will be a fond memory
in a short period of time.