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DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR Motherboard Review

DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR is a Nforce 4 SLI chipset-based motherboard incorporating a pair of PCIe x16 slots for dual SLI videocard action with compatible nVidia-based graphics accelerators.
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External Mfg. Website: DFI Apr 05 2005   Colin Sun  
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Lots of other "Stuff"

I like it when motherboards ship with rounded IDE cables, but quality seems to be slipping. The UV cables that DFI ship with this board are good, don't get me wrong, but I think the braided type included with the DFI LANParty NF2 Ultra B and LANParty PRO875B motherboards were much easier to mold around components in the chassis. The folded type of IDE cables DFI includes with the LANParty NF4 SLI-DR are stiffer in that regard.

The UV sensitive Serial ATA cables are quite nice, and are even a little smaller than your average SATA cable. With the LANParty NF4 SLI-DR, DFI also includes a a UV reactive wire sleeving kit which comes with (19) 10cm zip ties, two heat shrink tubes that are 30cm long and two braided wire sleeves, both of which are 90 cm long.

FrontX Ports

DFI is known for including everything but the kitchen sink with its LANParty motherboards. One of the more unique items you'll find in the large LANParty box is the FrontX I/O drive bay.

This is a handy little 5.25" bay which moves the most common ports to the front of the computer where they are easier to access and use. The unit that shipped with this motherboard included a four LED system diagnostic tool (helpful for figuring out what may be causing the PC to not boot), an IEEE 1394 Firewire port, and a couple of others which we'll cover individually.

For starters, we were pleasantly surprised to discover that the FrontX drive bay supports external Serial ATA devices - the port is on the side of the FrontX in the picture above. Consumers can already buy external Serial ATA chassis, so this only makes sense. There is no power jack however, so don't be expecting to hook up a HDD without its own powersupply here.

The other interesting port is an optical SPDIF out port for the audiophiles in the crowd. This allows you to connect your high end audio equipment to your PC easily.

But hey, you're right, something's missing... What about the basics? Where are the headphone and microphone jacks, and what about a couple USB ports?! Neither of these are included. The FrontX panel is a great tool, and the ports which were included are handy, but without basic USB and headphone jacks it's a little useless. I suppose this just means consumers will have to make a trip the store to buy these ports if their case does not already feature them on the front bezel.

PCTranspo

Finally, we have the DFI 'PC Transpo' case carrying strap. In my opinion, this is the coolest "extra" that's included in the LANParty package. 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 cinch! 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. DFI's PC Transpo is a really useful accessory for Lan Partying.

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Contents of Article: DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR
 Pg 1.  DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  More motherboard details
 Pg 3.  Audio features and more
 Pg 4.  — Lots of other "Stuff"
 Pg 5.  Built for overclockers!
 Pg 6.  The Awesome BIOS
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: SYSmark 2004
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2004, Super Pi
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, AquaMark3
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 13.  Benchmarks: UT2003
 Pg 14.  Benchmarks: UT2004
 Pg 15.  Benchmarks: Doom 3
 Pg 16.  The best overclocking motherboard ever built?

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