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  Product:     DFI LAN Party Pro875B Motherboard  
  Price:     $207 (CAN) / $175 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     DFI
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     December 2nd, 2004
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Vivian from DFI for providing the DFI LAN Party Pro875B Motherboard for review.

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Introduction:

Intel and AMD's migration to the 64-bit computing platform has shaken up the computer industry by offering a wide selection of newer and faster processors. Manufacturers caught in the middle of the CPU wars often have to cater to new emerging standards and formats by revising their product lines to meet consumer need. While many hardcore users are willing to spend ridiculous amounts of money on upgrades, there is a significant amount of budget conscience consumers purchasing second generation hardware components for system builds. Since 1981, DFI has been offering a complete line-up of advanced motherboards as well as graphics solutions and Applied Computing Platforms. The company has had great success with their LAN Party series of motherboards for the PC platform and has recently released a revision to their PRO series. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the DFI LAN Party Pro875B Motherboard.

Specifications:

The DFI LAN Party Pro875B Motherboard is based upon the Intel i875P chipset designed to accommodate an Intel Pentium 4 processor of 400, 533 or 800FSB. The DFI LAN Party Pro875B Motherboard delivers an economical solution with features such as Processor Acceleration Technology, Hyper-Threading support, Prescott support, Dual Channel DDR 400, Highpoint Raid, AGP 8X, Serial ATA, Gigabit LAN, USB 2.0 and 6-channel audio. Here are some specifications taken directly from the DFI website:

DFI LAN Party Pro875B Motherboard - Key Specifications
General Intel PentiumŪ 4 Processor (Northwood/Prescott)
Socket 478 with FSB 400/533/800 MHz
4 x DDR266/333/400 Memory Sockets (Dual Channel DDR400)
6ch Audio + S/PDIF
82547EI Gigabit LAN CSA interface
SATA RAID 0/1; IDE RAID 0/1/0+1/RAID 1.5
6 USB 2.0/1.1 Ports
Processor Socket 478 Intel PentiumŪ 4 Processor (Northwood/Prescott)
FSB 400/533/800 MHz
Chipset North Bridge: Intel 875P
South Bridge: Intel ICH5R
LAN Chip: 82547EI Gigabit LAN CSA interface
Audio Codec: Realtek ALC655
I/O Chip: Intel 8280IER I/O Controller Chip
Memory 4 * DDR Sockets: DDR400/333/DDR266 ECC/NON-ECC DDR SDRAM up to 4GB
Expansion Slots 1 x AGP(3.0) 8X slot (1.5V only)
5 x PCI slots (PCI 2.3 compliant)
IDE Connectors 2 x ATA/100/66 Channels, up to 4 ATA 100 IDE devices
Onboard I/O Connectors 2 x Connectors for 4 additional external USB 2.0/1.1 ports
1 x Front audio connector for external line-out and mic-in jacks
1 x Connector for an external game/MIDI port
2 x Internal audio connectors (CD-in and AUX-in)
1 x S/PDIF-in/out connector for optical cable connection
1 x Connector for IrDA interface
2 x RAID IDE connectors
2 x Serial ATA connectors
2 x IDE connectors
1 x Floppy connector
2 x ATX power supply connectors
1 x Wake-On-LAN connector
4 x Fan connectors for CPU fan, chassis fan, second fan and chip fan
1 x Diagnostic LED connector for external 4 diagnostic LEDs display
2 x EZ touch switches (power switch and reset switch)
I/O via Back Panel 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports, 1 x RJ45 LAN port, 1 x DB-9 serial port, 1 x DB-25 parallel port, 1 x Mini-DIN-6 PS/2 mouse port, 1 x Mini-DIN-6 PS/2 keyboard port, 2 x RCA jacks for S/PDIF-in and S/PDIF-out, 2 x Audio jacks for center/bass and rear out, 3 x Audio jacks: line-out, line-in and mic-in
Power 20-pin ATX power connector
BIOS Feature Award BIOS, Genie BIOS, CMOS Reloaded, Wake on keyboard/mouse, Wake on LAN/RTC Timer
Hardware Monitoring Fan sensors, CPU/System voltages and Temperature monitoring
 
DFI LAN Party Pro875B Motherboard

Intel i875P Chipset Overview at a Glance:
The 875P chipset-based platform integrates Intel Communication Streaming Architecture (CSA) featuring a Dedicated Networking Bus interface, Hi-Speed USB 2.0, and Serial ATA. An enhanced AC '97 audio implementation with dual independent DMA audio engines delivers improved sound quality and new audio usage models. The Intel 875P chipset features support for an 800 MHz Front Side Bus (FSB) and implements Intel Performance Acceleration Technology (PAT) with dual-channel DDR400 memory configurations. Optimized to support the Intel Pentium 4 Processor with Hyper-Threading Technology, the i875P chipset adds intelligence to help manage and prioritize multiple threads received from the microprocessor.

DFI LAN Party Pro875B Motherboard
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DFI LAN Party Pro875B Motherboard
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The DFI LAN Party Pro875B Motherboard ships in a colorful oversized retail box with a LAN Party atmosphere illustration gracing the front. The LAN Party and DFI logos are clearly marked on all sides of the package. The rear portion of the package includes an extensive list of product specifications and highlights. Unlike traditional motherboard packaging, the bundled accessories have been divided into 4 smaller retail boxes, which consist of a FrontX module, PC Transpo system, Rounded IDE Cables and an Accessory Kit. The entire bundle includes of the following items:

  • DFI LAN Party Pro875B Motherboard
  • Users Manual
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • 2 x Serial ATA data cables
  • Serial ATA power cable
  • 2 x Round IDE cables
  • 1 x Round FDD cable
  • PC Transpo Kit
  • FrontX device
  • ATX I/O Shield
  • Thermal paste
  • LAN Party sticker and case badge
  • 5 x Jumper caps
  • RAID driver diskettes
  • Mainboard Utility CD
  • WinCinema
Overall, consumers will be pleased with the amount of items included in the entire package.

DFI LAN Party Pro875B Motherboard
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DFI LAN Party Pro875B Motherboard
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The documentation included with the DFI LAN Party Pro875B Motherboard consists of three individual instruction manuals. A quick start guide provides an illustrated 13-step process which covers the installation of the CPU to the BIOS set-up. The features manual provides information on the bundled application software providing a general overview of WinCinema, RadarSync, WinFlash, HighPoint RAID and FrontX. The user's manual has been translated into four different languages and provides detailed product specifications and motherboard features such as CMOS Reloaded and Genie BIOS Menu.
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