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DFI LANParty UT LANParty UT NF4 SLI-DR Motherboard

The DFI LANParty UT LANParty UT NF4 SLI-DR was simply a joy to use. It has a lot of features that would undoubtedly satisfy any enthusiast. The plethora of DRAM settings in its BIOS alone will occupy you for quite some time to come!

This motherboard is, of course, a LANParty board, so it comes with UV accents that would appeal to case modders and fans of UV lights. But these superficial feature should not detract you from its main appeal - its overclocking capabilities.

As far as overclocking is concerned, this motherboard is a pack leader. It offers an extremely wide range of voltages, and a wide range of clock speed options to choose from. Those features will clearly appeal to the computer enthusiast who seek to push their hardware to the absolute limit.

I love the layout of the motherboard. There was plenty of clear area around the CPU socket to slap on a huge cooler. The power connectors are arranged for easier cable management. They are also sited so that the cables won't interfere with air flow. The power switches on the motherboard are a nice touch for those who benchmark hardware a lot and don't install their hardware in computer cases.

However, there is still some room for improvement. The biggest defect is probably its pathetic manual. A great motherboard with great features should clearly be matched with a good manual to teach users how to fully utilize their motherboard.

The other problem would be the position of the nForce 4 chip and its cooler. DFI really shouldn't have placed it right next to the two PCI Express 16X slots. Even if you can install the cards, they will interfere with the performance of the nForce 4's cooler.

But all in all, I really enjoyed using this motherboard. It has superb features and superb overclockability! The only thing that will probably hold it back is your processor and its cooler. As such, we gladly give the DFI LANParty UT NF4 SLI-DR our Reviewer's Choice Award! Congratulations, DFI!

For more details, read our Comprehensive Review!

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• AMD Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 / Sempron
• 2000MT/s HyperTransport interface
• Socket 939
• NVIDIA nForce4 SLI
- Supports NVIDIA SLI (Scalable Link Interface)
Front Side Bus
• 2000MT/s HyperTransport interface
• Four 184-pin DDR SDRAM DIMM sockets
• Supports dual channel (128-bit wide) memory interface
• Supports up to 4GB system memory
• Supports PC2100 (DDR266), PC2700 (DDR333) and PC3200 (DDR400) DDR SDRAM DIMM
• Supports x8/x16 non-ECC unbuffered DIMMs, tp to 512Mb DDR Devices
SLI / Single VGA Mode
• SLI mode
- 2 SLI-ready graphics cards (use identical cards) on the PCI Express x16 slots.
- Each x16 slot operates at x8 bandwidth. When the graphics cards are connected via the SLI bridge,
the total bandwidth of the two graphics cards is x16.
• Single VGA mode
1 PCI Express graphics card on the PCIE1 slot will run at x16 bandwidth.
- The other PCI Express x16 slot (PCIE4) will run at x2 bandwidth.
• Award BIOS
• CMOS Reloaded
• CPU/DRAM overclocking
• CPU/DRAM/Chipset overvoltage
• 4Mbit flash memory
Power Management
• Supports ACPI specification and OS Directed Power Management
• Supports ACPI STR (Suspend to RAM) function
• Wake-On-Events include:
- Wake-On-PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse
- Wake-On-USB Keyboard/Mouse
- Wake-On-LAN
- RTC timer to power-on the system
• AC power failure recovery
Hardware Monitor
• Monitors CPU/system/chipset temperature
• Monitors 12V/5V/3.3V/Vcore/Vbat/5Vsb/Vchipset/Vdram voltages

Monitors the speed of the CPU fan, Fan 2 and chipset fan
CPU Overheat Protection function monitors CPU temperature during system boot-up
• Karajan audio module
- Realtek ALC850 8-channel audio CODEC
- 6 audio jacks
- 1 CD-in connector
- 1 front audio connector
• True stereo line level outputs
S/PDIF-in/out interface
• Dual Gigabit LAN - Vitesse VSC8201 Gigabit Phy and Marvell 88E8001 Gigabit PCI
• Fully compliant to IEEE 802.3 (10BASE-T), 802.3u (100BASE-TX) and 802.3ab (1000BASE-T) standards

Integrated power management features
nForce4 chip supports two IDE connectors that allows connecting up to four UltraDMA 133Mbps hard drives
NVIDIA RAID allows RAID arrays spanning across Serial ATA and Parallel ATA
RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 0+1
Serial ATA with RAID
 Four Serial ATA ports supported by the nForce4 chip
- SATA speed up to 3Gb/s
- RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 0+1
- NVIDIA RAID allows RAID arrays spanning across Serial ATA and Parallel ATA
 Four Serial ATA ports supported by the Silicon Image Sil 3114 chip
- SATA speed up to 1.5Gb/s
- RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1 and RAID 5
IEEE 1394
VIA VT6307
-Supports two 100/200/400 Mb/sec ports
Rear Panel I/O Ports
1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 mouse port
1 x mini-DIN-6 PS/2 keyboard port
2 x S/PDIF RCA jacks (S/PDIF-in and S/PDIF-out)
Karajan audio module (6 audio jacks)
1 x IEEE 1394 port
2 x RJ45 LAN ports
6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
I/O Connectors
2 x connectors for 4 additional external USB 2.0/1.1 ports
1 x connector for 1 external IEEE 1394 port
1 x connector for 1 external serial port
1 x front audio connector for external line-out and mic-in jacks (on the Karajan audio module)
1 x CD-in internal audio connector (on the Karajan audio module)
1 x S/PDIF connector for optical cable connection
1 x IR connector
8 x Serial ATA connectors
2 xIDE connectors
1 x floppy connector
1 x 24-pin ATX power connector
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
2 x 4-pin 5V/12V power connectors (FDD-type and HDD type)
1 x front panel connector
5 x fan connectors
4 x diagnostic LEDs
EZ touch switches (power switch and reset switch)
Expansion Slots
2 PCI Express x16 slots
1 PCI Express x1 slot
1 PCI Express x4 slot
2 PCI slots
ATX form factor
24cm (9.45") x 30.5cm (12")


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