Legit Motherboard Reviews
The DFI RDX200 CF-DR Motherboard Review
|Product:||DFI LanParty UT RDX200 CF-DR Cross-Fire Motherboard|
|Date:||Fri, Dec 16, 2005 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Rich Caporali|
Almost a year ago, DFI introduced their LANParty NF4 motherboards. While all proved extremely popular (mainly for their incredible performance and sweet bundle), the SLI versions were the apple of DFI's eye. Enthusiasts loved the incredible performance that resulted from NVidia's NF4 chipset as well as the ability to pair up two like cards and significantly improve the graphics performance of their system.
Over the past year the DFI NF4 motherboards have arguably become the most popular boards on the market. Not only has DFI developed one of the largest support forums around, they also have numerous threads spread across enthusiast sites dedicated to their boards. Then there are the BIOS', where it seems a new one comes out about one a day or so.
While NVidia and its NF4 chipset have had more than a year to entrench itself as the chipset of choice for just about everyone, can the ATI Radeon Express200 chipset cut into NVidia's market domination? Another feature of the RDX200 CF-DR is ATI's long awaited dual graphics solution, "Crossifire". Though Crossfire won't be the focus of this article, keep an eye out as very soon we'll be covering ATI's newest graphics solution.
Today, Legit Reviews takes a look at DFI's RDX200 CF-DR. Did DFI bite off more than they could chew? Did waiting almost an entire year to release their graphics solution help ATI learn from NVidia's successes and failures? And, most importantly (at least to me, today) does the RDX200 CF-DR live up to the reputation DFI has developed with their LANParty boards?
Let's look over the specs, and move on to the layout and some testing.
|Front Side Bus||
|Serial ATA with RAID||
|Rear Panel I/O Ports||
Now that we know what the basic features of the board are we can take a look at the layout of the motherboard.
Next Page - The Layout: CPU Socket & Memory
Page 1 - Introduction
Page 2 - The Layout: CPU Socket & Memory
Page 3 - The Layout: PCI/PCI-E Slots and Southbridge
Page 4 - The Layout: LAN/Firewire/Audio
Page 5 - The DFI RDX200 BIOS
Page 6 - The DFI RDX200 BIOS Continued
Page 7 - The Test Setup
Page 8 - Benchmarking
Page 9 - Benchmarking continued
Page 10 - Overclocking
Page 11 - Final Thoughts