DFI Lanparty UT NF680i LT SLI-T2R Motherboardccokeman -
Price: $318.00 USD
How many of you have heard of DFI? How many of you think of performance when you think of DFI? I know I do. The product that we will be looking at today is DFI's foray into the 680i chipset market. Coming to market later than many of the other manufacturers, my expectations are higher due to the longer time to reach the market. I have come to expect the highest performance from DFI on each and every platform, be it Intel or AMD. The ability to wring the most performance out of my CPUs and memory with DFI's motherboards has made me a repeat customer. Boasting such features as 3x 16x PCIe slots(2x16x + 1x8x for a physics processor), Quad core support, 8 channel Realtek sound and the overclockability of the Nvidia 680i LT chipset, this board looks like it may well live up to the Lanparty reputation. Let's see if it can!
Diamond Flower International or more commonly known in the enthusiast community as DFI was formed in 1981 in Taiwan under the guiding principals of Mr. Y.C. Lu. Their corporate offices are located in Hsi-Chih City in Taiwan with regional offices spread across the globe. DFI does not only make high end enthusiast style motherboards but has moved into graphics solutions,a complete line of advanced motherboards and has moved into the field of applied computing platforms. DFI is dedicated to serving their customer with rock solid solutions and customer service. DFI was the first ISO9001 certified company in Taiwan showing their commitment to quality engineering and manufacturing.
Having gotten used to seeing the extreme gamer dude on the packaging of the LanParty series of motherboards, I was a little surprised to see the change in design of the packaging. Not that it is a bad thing, just different. The packaging identifies the motherboard and the back shows the features of the motherboard.
Once out in the open, the motherboard is inside a plastic enclosure that contains the board to eliminate shipping damage. Underneath are the accessory boxes and a quick install guide printed in several languages.
One of the highlighted features that this board has that the others in the 680i chipset market don't have, is separate cooling solutions for the PWM, Northbridge and Southbridge.The fact that the heatsink for the Northbridge must be installed when the board is put into service means you don't need to risk damaging an interconnected heatpipe cooling solution when you decide that the thermal tape under the sinks needs replacing. Looking at the Nortbridge heatsink, it is a 2 heatpipe solution that mounts using spring clips to hold it in position. DFI stamps each fin of this cooler with the Lanparty logo so you know who made it and where it came from. The heatsink comes with fan retention clips for a 60mm fan already attached, just begging you to put a fan on it.