DFI LanParty BI G41-T33 Motherboard Review

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Bundle and BIOS

DFI LanParty BI G41-T33

The box for the DFi BI G41-T33 is simple, yet attractive.  Simplicity is always better in my book!

DFI LanParty BI G41-T33

The bundle is VERY thin, but that is what you would expect from a budget board.

DFI LanParty BI G41-T33

The DFI board has the Phoenix AwardBIOS, which includes the Genie BIOS page, which is typically very easy and fun to work with.  The BIOS on this board though is very weak, with very few options like what we would normally see on a LanParty series board.  Because of that, there is not much to show, so we will be as brief as we can.

DFI LanParty BI G41-T33

The Advanced BIOS page…

DFI LanParty BI G41-T33

Advanced Chipset page…

DFI LanParty BI G41-T33

Integrated peripherals page…

DFI LanParty BI G41-T33

Power Management…

DFI LanParty BI G41-T33

PnP/PCI Configurations page…

DFI LanParty BI G41-T33

Health Status…

DFI LanParty BI G41-T33

Ok, here is the Genie BIOS Settings page where we would typically spend a whole lot of time.  Not so much on this board though … look at the next few pictures and you will see why…

DFI LanParty BI G41-T33

Vcore setting has a pretty good range.  You can increase it up to +245mv.

DFI LanParty BI G41-T33

Vdimm only goes to 1.79v.  Some DDR3 will not even be able to be run on the board because of this, so make sure you choose your ram wisely!

DFI LanParty BI G41-T33

VTT voltage goes to 1.44v.

DFI LanParty BI G41-T33

PLL Voltage goes to 1.80v.

DFI LanParty BI G41-T33

NB Voltage has selections of 1.12v or 1.34v.  That is all!

DFI LanParty BI G41-T33

SB voltage also has only two values to select: 1.07v or 1.27v.

DFI LanParty BI G41-T33

tCL, tRCD and tRP are the only options that can be changed for DRAM timings … pretty weak!

DFI LanParty BI G41-T33

CPU clock can be set all the way up to 500fsb, which is very good, but WAY overkill on this board.

DFI LanParty BI G41-T33

I love the CMOS reloaded page.  But since there is hardly anything you can do with this BIOS, it is totally a waste of space.

As you can see, there were many options that were not available that we normally would see on a LanParty board.  There was not even an option to select your DDR3 frequency.  I am not sure why they neutered the BIOS like this, other than the fact that it is a “leave it at factory settings board” and was never intended to be messed with.

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