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Review: DFI LANParty NFII ULTRA

by Tarinder Sandhu on 30 July 2003, 00:00 4.0

Tags: DFI (TPE:2397)

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Specifications

Processors

  • Supports all Socket 462 CPUs
  • Barton support, naturally

Chipset

  • North bridge: NVIDIA nForce2 Ultra 400 SPP
  • South bridge: NVIDIA MCP-T

System Memory

  • 3 x 184-pin DDR SDRAM
  • DDR200 / DDR266 / DDR333/ DDR400 support @ 2.50v - 2.60v (Dual Channel)
  • 3GB maximum system RAM

Slots

  • AGP slot, 8x AGP compliant
  • 5 x 32-bit PCI 33MHz slots

On-board peripherals - I/O

  • 2 Serial ports
  • 1 Parallel port
  • 3 Audio Jacks for nForce2 APU via Realtek CODEC
  • 2 x RJ-45 LAN Ports (Realtek single-chip and NVIDIA from the MCP-T)
  • 4 USB2.0 connectors on the back panel
  • PS/2 ports

On-board storage

  • An IDE controller on the MCP-T chipset provides IDE HDD/CD-ROM with PIO, Bus Master and Ultra DMA133/100/66/33 operation modes
  • IDE RAID via Highpoint HPT372N RAID controller. Supports RAID0, RAID1, RAID 0+1 and RAID1.5

Integrated Components

  • Realtek RTL8101 single-chip 10/100 LAN
  • Realtek ALC650 5.1 sound CODEC and RCA S/PDIF In/Out (provided via an extra board). nForce2's APU flows through this
  • Headers for another 2 USB2.0 portsio
  • 2 usable fan headers
  • Diagnostic LEDs
  • IrDA, CD-In, Aux-In connectors
  • Power and reset buttons

BIOS & Voltages

  • DFI Genie BIOS
  • 5 - 22x multipliers
  • FSB speeds of 100Mhz - 300Mhz (A few individual FSBs are missing)
  • 1.1v - 2.0v Vcore. Voltage in 0.025v increments
  • 2.5v - 2.8v Vmem adjustable in 0.1v increments
  • 1.5v - 1.8v VAGP adjustment
  • 1.5 - 1.9v Chipset voltage adjustment
  • Variable AGP speeds, 50, 66 - 100 (A few are missing here)

Package contents

  • DFI LANPARTY NFII ULTRA motherboard (305mm * 244mm)
  • I/O Shield
  • 2 manuals and a quickstart manual
  • S/PDIF card with RCA input and output
  • Floppy containing IDE RAID pre-OS drivers
  • 2 x rounded ATA133 cables (green, UV-reactive)
  • 1 x rounded floppy Cable (green, UV-reactive)
  • FrontX 5.25" box with multiple configurations. 2x USB2.0, FireWire, and mic-in and sound-out ports as standard
  • LAN Party sticker
  • Driver and utility CDs
  • 1 S-ATA cable and 1 power cable
  • DFI LAN case carry strap and handle (PC Transpo)

You can see where your money has gone.