DFI LANParty UT nF3-250Gb: Overclocker's Dream

@ 2004/09/08
Some of the most famous Abit motherboards from the past were designed by Oskar Wu, who became an engineering legend in the overclocking community with his brilliant overclocking designs. When Oskar moved to DFI last year, it did not surprise industry insiders to see DFI emerge as a new performance and overclocking board maker. DFI already was well known as an OEM manufacturer that built solid and dependable boards for others. But this new emphasis on overclocking and top performance from DFI came as a surprise to those who did not know some of the key people DFI acquired from Abit and Soyo. In the past year, DFI has built a solid reputation with the LANParty series designed for overclockers and gamers. Anyone looking for top performance and the best overclocking capabilities quickly learned to include DFI on their short shopping list.

It is in this climate that the enthusiast community has been eagerly awaiting Oskar Wu's latest design for the Athlon 64. Prototypes and samples have been out for several weeks, and the leaked results from early testing have created huge excitement. Enthusiasts who follow scores at Future Mark noticed that the new performance leader for 3DMark2001SE was suddenly a new DFI nForce3 250Gb board based on socket 754, and not the newest socket 939 Dual-Channel designs. What was this new board, and when would we see shipping boards?

That new board is the DFI LANParty UT nF3 250Gb, and DFI was gracious to provide an exclusive to AnandTech for the first production DFI nF3 250Gb. Boards are expected to begin shipments to the US this week.

Comment from kristos @ 2004/10/22
do you know what the performance difference is between pci-x16 and pci-x8?
Comment from jmke @ 2004/10/22
VIA will have 2x 16xPCIe vs nVidia's 2x 8xPCIe if I'm not mistaken;

8xPCIe ~ 8xAGP

VIA: http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=18555

my Asus P4PE has a molex plug on the board
Comment from kristos @ 2004/10/22
only DFI, ASUS and TYAN displayed SLI nforce4 boards.

the asus seams to have some offer a better design just by the looks of it. the PCI-X16 slots have 2 slots space between them instead of the reference 1 slot like the DFI and TYAN board use. I guess we'll probably be seeing some custom cascade phase changed sli rigs after all

also nearly 60 fps in 05 on the asus sli demoed rig :ww:

btw, someone noted that quite a few of these boards have an molex plug on the board (the DFI has it too). apparently, this is common on ES boards and the final versions don't have this
Comment from kristos @ 2004/10/22
Originally posted by jmke
nForce4 SLI isn't (when compared to VIA)
via sli >> nvidia sli?

got a link maybe? not that I don't believe you, just want to read up and if you posted it as webnews, I missed it :/
Comment from easypanic @ 2004/10/21
Maybe, but who will use it ?

I was looking at the sinks on the board, and on the other hand DFI finally has a 939-motherboard .
Comment from jmke @ 2004/10/21
nForce4 SLI isn't (when compared to VIA)
Comment from easypanic @ 2004/10/21
This is looking good .

Comment from easypanic @ 2004/09/29
With your caps I thought it was an abbreviation of something .
Comment from jmke @ 2004/09/29
PoD PoT PoDT , fonetic it all sounds good
Comment from easypanic @ 2004/09/29
ah, poT

Yup, one fixed resistor soldered on the wires .
Comment from jmke @ 2004/09/29
since you need to adjust your PSU's 3.3v rail to obtain higher vDIMM values

anywhoo; 280Mhz out of a BH-5 stick is pretty sweet
Comment from kristos @ 2004/09/29
variable resistors

Comment from easypanic @ 2004/09/28
Comment from jmke @ 2004/09/28
DFI-Street is a very good DFI source!

you are using a PSU with PODS I presume?
Comment from easypanic @ 2004/09/28
My Tagan 380W's 3.3V rail is modded to 3.6V . So I can choose 3.5Vddr as a max.

can't edit, I know it't stupid reply'ing yourself
Comment from easypanic @ 2004/09/28
Yes, 3.5V (cas 2.5 for now, will test cas 2 tomorrow).

this very,very interesting link .
Comment from jmke @ 2004/09/28
280Mhz? que?

3.5v through mobo without mod?

Anandtech states 3.1 / 3.3
Comment from easypanic @ 2004/09/28
Trusty old BH-5 @ 3.5V
Comment from jmke @ 2004/09/28
[M] review sponsored by www.bytesatwork.be , by RichBastard, compared to Abit K8T800 Pro mobo.
Comment from easypanic @ 2004/09/28
Comment from easypanic @ 2004/09/28
Comment from ThommY @ 2004/09/14
I'm getting the mobo to as soon as I get a a64 cpu
Comment from easypanic @ 2004/09/14
Now it's powered with an K8V Se Deluxe, but as I have an ATI graphic card I need to have a working AGP-lock.

With a Nvidia card I achieven an overclock of 2.66 GHz on a rare cold day with my h2o . Now is a Mach II ST coming, I think 2.8-2.9 is do-able.

Momentarily it's running @ 2.3 GHz (230FSB 1/1) . Stupid via chipset...
Comment from jmke @ 2004/09/14
to be used with your A64 3000+ I suppose? How high does it clock now? and with what board?
Comment from easypanic @ 2004/09/14
Ordered this thingie
Comment from easypanic @ 2004/09/12
Bytes@Work in .be has it on their pricelist....., tempting.

Dunno if they have it in stock already.
Comment from Sidney @ 2004/09/10
Would you buy this board or one that supports PCI-E in S754?
Comment from kristos @ 2004/09/09
Just checked my EB's, Micron chips, no Samsung TCCD's

Just posted on the OCZ fora to ask if my Micron chips perform as good as the Samsung TCCD's but i doubt it ...
Comment from jmke @ 2004/09/09
*Several memory tests have shown that memory performs fastest on the nVidia nForce chipsets at a TRas (RAS Precharge) settings in the 9 to 13 range. We ran our own Memory Bandwidth tests with memtest86 with TRas settings from 5 to 15 at a wide range of different memory speeds. The best bandwidth was consistently at 9 to 11 at every speed, with TRas 10 always in the best range at every speed. The performance improvement at TRas 10 was only 2 to 4% over TRas 5 and 6 depending on the speed, but the performance advantage was consistent across all tests. All benchmarks were run at a TRas setting of 10.
Comment from Sidney @ 2004/09/09
Or, Piotke will buy one for his own use.
Comment from jmke @ 2004/09/09
A belgian shop offered one for review, maybe Piotke will take it for a testdrive
Comment from Dentnvr6 @ 2004/09/08
good find lazyman, can't wait to get my hands on one of these!!!