Abit nForce2Features:nForce 2 Chipset (K7)FSB333Dual DDR 400AGP 8XSerial ATAIEEE1394USB2.0SoftMenu™ ABIT EngineeredIn the box we find:1 ATA 133 IDE cable & 1 floppy cableI/O panelManual & driver cdFloppy with raid driversUSB and Firewire bracketSerial Ata cableSerial Ata converter with power connector
The power connector is located near the I/O ports. We can also find an AUX power connector, to keep the voltage rails stable. This connector is located just above the ATX connector. According to me, that this could affect the airflow, because the power cables pass before the outtake fan in most common cases.DFI KT400AFeatures:VIA KT400AFSB333+ (max. 400MHz)DDR 400AGP 8XOne SATA (Serial ATA) interfaceIEEE1394USB2.0Dual LAN (2 lan ports)RAID 0, 1, 0+1 and 1.5In the box we find:2 ATA 133 IDE cable & 1 floppy cable, all rounded and UV reactiveI/O panelManual & driver cdFloppy with raid drivers & raid manualManual for installation of CPU5.25" front panel for audio, USB, ... portsBackpack for carrying your PC tower to a LAN-partySome knickknacks such as extra jumpers, a case badge, a "lanparty" sticker, ...
The DFI has basically the same layout as the ABIT. Both the power connectors can be found right behind the I/O panel. But that's not the most remarkable aspect of this board, the fancy colours are!
Some parts are UV-reactive painted, starting with the PCI and AGP slots, the memory banks, IDE connectors and even the BIOS battery holder.
More interesting option for the enthusiasts among us are the extra reset and power-on button located on this board. So you don't have to use a screwdriver anymore for shorting two pins for booting.
The Flashy backlight effect:
AGP 8XUSB 2.0 (SiS963)IEEE 1394 (optional)6 Channel AudioSupports DDR400 by overclockingIn the box we find:1 ATA 133 IDE cableI/O panelManual & driver cdUSB flash card reader with screws
The first impression of the ECS I got, was the size. It was about 7 cm smaller than the Abit. This could be an advantage if you're planning to use it for a DIVX box. The power ATX-connector is located on the top right corner keeping the area for the IDE cables clear!
And the size difference between the ECS, below and the ABIT:
So, what can we decide? All three of the boards have a lot of recent and high-end features such as IEEE1394 and DDR 400 support. All three provide us also with a lot of options, but the DFI is tops them all: Rounded cables, UV reactive ports, a backpack, a special front panel, overall quite complete package.
The ECS also has quit an unique extra, the MMC ( Multi Media Card ) reader.
Now, how do they perform? On the next page we're going to test the boards.