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  Product:     DFI LAN Party UT NF4 SLI-DR Motherboard  
  Price:     $213 (CAN) / $180 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     DFI
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     September 15th, 2005
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Ming from DFI for providing the LAN Party UT NF4 SLI-DR Motherboard for review.

LAN Party UT NF4 SLI-DR Motherboard

Introduction:

The gaming landscape has been dramatically changed as ATI and NVIDIA continue to compete head to head in developing today high-end video and chipset platforms. The introduction of new technologies such as ATI's Crossfire and NVIDIA's SLI has also influenced the consumer market with a number of manufacturers developing new motherboard standards. NVIDIA's SLI (Scalable Link Interface) technology takes advantage of the increased bandwidth of the PCI Express bus architecture and features intelligent hardware and software solutions using a multi GPU solution. 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 the new UT series. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the LAN Party UT NF4 SLI-DR Motherboard.

Specifications:

The DFI LAN Party UT NF4 SLI-DR is based upon the NVIDIA nForce4 chipset designed to accommodate an AMD Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 / Sempron Socket 939 processor at 2000MT/s HyperTransport interface FSB. The DFI LAN Party UT NF4 SLI-DR Motherboard delivers a solid gaming platform with features such as Dual Channel DDR 400, Dual Gigabit LAN, Karajan Audio (Theater like7.1 /8ch supported), USB 2.0, Firewire IEEE1394, NVIDIA nVRAID, NVIDIA nTune (embedded overclocking solution) and NVIDIA ActiveArmor. Here are some specifications taken directly from the DFI website:

DFI LAN Party UT NF4 SLI-DR Motherboard - Key Specifications
CPU AMD Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 / Sempron
Socket 939
Chipset NVIDIA nForce4 SLI
Supports NVIDIA SLI (Scalable Link Interface)
FSB 2000MT/s HyperTransport interface
Memory Four 184-pin DDR SDRAM DIMM sockets
Supports dual channel (128-bit wide) memory interface
Supports up to 4GB system memory
Supports DDR266, DDR333 and DDR400 DDR SDRAM DIMM
SLI / Single VGA Mode SLI mode
- 2 SLI-ready graphics cards (use identical cards) on the PCI Express x16 slots
- The graphics cards are connected via the SLI bridge
- The bandwidth of each slot is x8; when the graphics cards are connected via the SLI bridge, it runs at x16 bandwidth
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
BIOS Award BIOS
CMOS Reloaded
CPU/DRAM overclocking
CPU/DRAM/Chipset overvoltage
4Mbit flash memory
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
Audio Karajan audio module
- Realtek ALC850 8-channel audio CODEC
- 6 audio jacks
- 1 CD-in connector
- 1 front audio connector
S/PDIF-in/out interface
LAN 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
IDE 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
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
Firewire IEEE1394 VIA VT6307
Supports two 100/200/400 Mb/sec ports
Rear 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
4 x Serial ATA connectors
2 x IDE 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 x PCI Express x16 slots
1 x PCI Express x1 slot
1 x PCI Express x4 slot
2 x PCI slots
PCB ATX form factor
24cm (9.45") x 30.5cm (12")
 
NVIDIA nForce4 Chipset Overview at a Glance:
NVIDIA's nForce4 chipset based platform integrates a new DDR2 memory controller along with 16 PCI Express lanes for single x16 or SLI dual graphics (2 x16 at x8 mode) The remaining three are at x1 for PCI-e ports. The nForce4 MCP has 7.1 sound but not SoundStorm, 6 USB ports, Firewire IEEE1394, NVIDIA's Gigabit Ethernet including a integrated hardware firewall called ActiveArmor. There are a two 32-bit PCI slots while the storage side has two Ultra-ATA 133 channels and eight SATA ports with full support for native command queuing and 3GB/s operation.

DFI LAN Party UT NF4 SLI-DR Motherboard
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DFI LAN Party UT NF4 SLI-DR Motherboard
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The LAN Party UT NF4 SLI-DR 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.

DFI LAN Party UT NF4 SLI-DR Motherboard
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DFI LAN Party UT NF4 SLI-DR Motherboard
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Unlike DFI's original packaging with the Pro875B and NFII Ultra B, the UT NF4 SLI-DR has been stripped of all the additional accessories such as the FrontX module and PC Transpo system. The accessories included with the motherboard consist of the following items:
  • LAN Party UT NF4 SLI-DR Motherboard
  • Users Manual
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • 4 x Serial ATA data cables
  • 2 x Serial ATA power cable
  • 2 x Round IDE cables
  • 1 x Round FDD cable
  • 1 x SLI Bridge
  • SLI Jumper Removal Tool
  • ATX I/O Shield
  • Thermal paste
  • LAN Party sticker and case badge
  • 5 x Jumper caps
  • RAID driver diskettes
  • Mainboard Utility CD
The documentation included with the LAN Party UT NF4 SLI-DR Motherboard consists of two individual instruction manuals. A quick start guide provides an illustrated 10-step process which covers the installation of the CPU to the BIOS set-up. The user's manual has been translated into four different languages and provides detailed product specifications and motherboard features such as CMOS Reloaded, Genie BIOS Menu and SLI configuration

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