Windwithme’s Test Setup
|CPU||AMD S939 Opteron 146|
|Mainboard||DFI RS482 Infinity|
|HDD||Maxtor 30Gb 5400rpm|
|VGA|| ELSA 6600GT|
|Memory||2*512 Mb GSkill PC4800 FF|
2*1024 Mb GSkill PC4000 HZ
|Power Supply||Enlight 420W|
With GSkill’s 2Gb kit rated at PC4000 (DDR500) speeds (CL3 4-4-8) I was able to reach DDR580 1T. I’ve tested this pairs on other mainstream and middle to high end nForce4 boards with results ranging from DDR530-550; this little board does better.
So here the system in action: 290Mhz (DDR580) CL3 4-4-8 1T
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For the VGA test I configured the system: 280HTT x 10 = 2800Mhz CPU speed; with memory running in sync: 280Mhz CL3-4-4-8 1T.
ATI’s X300 is a budget friendly graphics solution, with onboard memory set to 64Mb shared main memory and core speed of 300Mhz and memory 200Mhz (400Mhz DDR) I was not expecting much performance wise.ATI X300
Okay performance for older gamesATI X300
How does 6600GT do in comparison?nVidia 6600GT
Fast enough to enjoy the latest gamesMore overclocking?
Exploring the BIOS’s memory features further I was able to get into Windows at DDR600 1T with 2x1024Mb installed... not too shabby! :-)
Click for full imageConclusive thoughts
After spending 3300NTD ($110/ €89) and playing around with this small DFI board these are my thoughts:PRO
Very good board layout
Great expandability options for such a small board ( 4*SATA, 2*PCI, 1*PCI-E 16X)
Wonderful multimedia features. 8 channel audio with S/PDIF. With extra ATI VGA card can control 4 monitors
BIOS OC tuning features are rich. The board can reach 300 HTT with memory running sync at 1T. The OC ability is close to top level OC motherboards.
Built-in X300 display core. This is the top built-in VGA in K8 platform (X300SE market price is over 1500NTD). Offers acceptable performance for the casual gamer.
Looking at the price of the board and its features it is hard not to recommend it the hardware enthusiast out there!
I like to explain why I put my “name” on some of the photos. They are there to prevent our Chinese friends from mainland China an easy “copy” of my work.;)
General information on ATI's Xpress 200 series chipset can be found here
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