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DFI LANParty UT NF4 SLI-DR Expert Motherboard Review

DFI LANParty UT NF4 SLI-DR Expert Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: On the PCB you'll find a 7.1 channel audio codec, dual Gigabit NICs, an additional four channel Serial ATA controller and IEEE 1394a Firewire.
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External Mfg. Website: DFI Dec 05 2005   Colin Sun  
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Touring the Motherboard Features

Another voltage related feature that's noticeably missing from the DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert is the 5V memory jumper. The (dangerously) high memory voltage options are still available, they're just selected in the BIOS.

These days having a fast computer is not enough, it also has to have components that look good. With UV reactive slots and cables, the DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert will look totally awesome under a UV light through the case window. Rounded IDE and floppy cables in bright shinny yellow tubing are included with the board too.

Considering that the DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert is aimed squarely at high end computer enthusiasts, it is pleasing to see that the user's manual is comprehensive. From hardware installation to BIOS setup and software configuration, the manual will be able to help even experienced users navigate through all the mobo's features and options. The quick installation guide is handy, but some of the imagery is a little small to see clearly. To make the process of tweaking and adjusting the system a little easier, DFI has installed power and reset switches directly on the motherboard, which is a much nicer alternative to shorting out jumper pins. Additionally, the CMOS reset is designated by a red jumper, and located in a very accessible position next to the CMOS battery.

The quality of ESR capacitors is a big issue these days, and DFI equips the LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert with mainly KZG branded capacitors. There are videocard style capacitors around the CPU socket, but none have identifying marks. In any case, DFI has guarantees that the capacitors used on the LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert are all Japanese made. Traditionally, Japanese capacitors adhere to higher quality standards than capacitors made from other countries.

Make sure you check out the expert tips on HTT frequency, memory voltages and DIMM placement later in this review, next we tackle onboard features and overclocking...

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Contents of Article: DFI LANParty UT NF4 SLI-DR Expert
 Pg 1.  DFI LANParty UT NF4 SLI-DR Expert Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  — Touring the Motherboard Features
 Pg 3.  More LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert Details
 Pg 4.  Overclocking the DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert
 Pg 5.  Inside the DFI Expert BIOS
 Pg 6.  More BIOS Options and CMOS Reloaded
 Pg 7.  Benchmark: SYSMark2004
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, PCMark05
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, 3DMark05
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat
 Pg 13.  Benchmarks: UT2003, UT2004
 Pg 14.  Benchmarks: Doom 3 and Conclusion

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