On board peripherals
A lot of expansion slots are available, but will they be of any use? Perhaps you’ll need more serial ata ports? A sound card? Perhaps a netword card? Let’s take a look what this board has before we’ll start thinking about expanding it.
At first sight there are no audio ports available. This is due to the fact that DFI adds a little card that needs to be plugged in next to the PS2 ports. It’s called the Karajan audio module. Karajan audio module - Realtek ALC885 8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC - 6 audio jacks - 1 CD-in connector - 1 front audio connector
DAC SNR/ADC SNR of 106dB/101dB
Full-rate lossless content protection technology
The board also offers two gigabit network cards. One comes integrated with the Nforce 5 chipset. For the second one DFI added an extra LAN controller chip to create the second port.
NVIDIA® MCP55PXE integrated with Gigabit MAC (Media Access Control) technology
Two Vitesse VSC8601 Gigabit Phy chips
Fully compliant to IEEE 802.3 (10BASE-T), 802.3u (100BASE-TX) and 802.3ab (1000BASE-T) standards
Not only LAN is the only communication interface, there are also two firewire ports.
Supports two 100/200/400 Mb/sec ports
You can also connect other devices trough one of the ten USB 2.0 port. Six of these ports are available from the I/O back panel of the mainboard. 4 others can be connected on the mainboard trough a PCI bracket or to the front of your case.
Internally there are also a lot of storage connection possibilities. For starters we have the six SATA ports that are supported by the Nforce 5 chipset, supporting a lot of RAID options.
If that wasn’t enough, DFI added a promise chip to take care of two extra SATA ports. What I’m missing, and what can be found as well on rather budget minded boards is the e-SATA plug. A sata port in the I/O panel to connect directly to an external SATA disk.
Six Serial ATA ports supported by NVIDIA® MCP55PXE - SATA speed up to 3Gb/s - RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1 and RAID 5
Two Serial ATA ports supported by Silicon Image SiI 3132 - SATA speed up to 3Gb/s - RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 0+1
One IDE connector allows connecting up to two UltraDMA 133Mbps hard drives. Though we have a lot of sata ports present I think a lot of people would like to see the two extra sata ports replaced by one IDE connector instead.
An older hard disk drive and a DVD writer directly use up two IDE ports, now you’re almost forced to change your IDE disks to SATA disks.
This board is aiming towards the enthusiast market.
Monitors CPU/system/chipset temperature
Monitors 12V/5V/3.3V/Vcore/Vbat/5Vsb/Vdimm/Vchip voltages
Monitors the speed of the cooling fans
CPU Overheat Protection function monitors CPU temperature during system boot-up
Five fan headers
1 Debug LED. This is a two digit character display. During the POST process it shows a number of codes. If it halts on a specific code you know immediately what part or setting is faulty.
EZ touch switches (power switch and reset switch)
For the less overclocking minded there’s also something; DFI has yet again chosen for a rather colorful board.
Time for some first tests ->