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Old 29th October 2005, 18:07   #1
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Default AMD&ATI Combo - DFI LANParty RDX200 CF-DR

Since nVIDIA launched nFORCE-integrated chipset, nVIDIA has launched nF2 for K7, nF3 for K8 and well-selling nF4 to grab the K8 market.

ATI is 1 of the 2 largest VGA chipset makers.
Since last year, their integrated IGP was getting better.
Now, it combines with great OC blood from DFI LANParty UT RDX200 CF-DR.
We are looking forward to seeing the performance.

Outlook

The pack is changed to red. Looks great, different with others.



Accessories 1
2 IDE cables, 1 Floppy cable
Multi-Language quick installation guide(Improvement 1)




Accessories 2
Karajan audio module is using ALC822 ¡V 8 channels HD audio.
Manual is much thicker than the past. Look closely, it is Multi-Language (Improvement 2)
Driver CD
SATA UV cables
RAID diskette
SATA power cables
IO panel



Board outlook
It's the first AMD motherboard with HD-AUDIO technology.
Enlarge the PCI-e gaps. NB cooler position is no interfile to any VGA (Improvement3)



Left-down corner
3 PCI for using (Improvement 4)



Right-down corner
The chassis pin headers with recognized colors (Improvement 5)
Silicon Image 3114 with 4 SATA in RAID0.1.5
Plus chipset built-in 4 SATA, you can use 8 SATA devices




Nearby CPU
4 Phases PWM (Improvement 6)
24PIN + 8PIN( not 4PIN as before),LGA775 stable power supply spec.



First board uses this memory layout position.
You can use system fan to spread the heat better (Improvement 7)
IO part has 6 USB, 2 Gigabit LAN, 1 1394



Improvement parts are comparing with DFI original nF4 board.
Of course, new DFI nF4 expert has the same advantages as well.

Then, lets look at the test equipment.

VGA
ASUS X800 256MB VIVO



DRAM
GSkill 2GBHX DDR400 2 3-2-5



I will use TCCD to test again as only TCCD can reach
512MBX4 4DIMM DDR400 1T 2 2-2-5
The other TCCD magic parameter will come as well¡K

Next ¡VBIOS Introduction

The outlook takes me 2 hours....
Maybe it will take 1 week more to finish the detail test....


BIOS Introduction

Rich BIOS items make DFI be better than others.

The boot screen is modified.
Smaller art, better quality with some marks. Let me feel better. (Improvement 8)



Main setup menu



Below the main setup menu, it shows the current voltage status.



DRAM Voltage, the main course
This revision, you don¡¦t need jumper to setup 3.3~4V
You can adjust it from 2.4~4.03V
BTW, even it is over 3.3V, no IC will be over 100 degree
More voltage stepping, really great! (Improvement 9)



Lowest voltage becomes 2.4V from 2.5V.




CPU voltage is still separated into 2 parts.
First, 0.800V~1.550V
Second, ratio : maximum is 136%
The highest voltage is 1.55X1.36=2.108V



FSB jump to 500Mhz from 450Mhz.
The original DFI nF4 almost can reach 400~450Mhz every boards.
You can adjust in 1Mhz. It¡¦s very convenient. (Improvement 10)



LDT is from1.0~5.0X
Also have 1.5 and 2.5X for easier OC.



The new item, if it is over 280Mhz, better to enable it to enhance the OC ability.




Built-in Sil 3114 with RAID0,1,0+1,5.
The pity is not SATAII version.



DRAM menu part 1
It¡¦s plenty as usual. Over OC limitation comes from these items.
As nF4 512MBX2 DDR600 1T, only DFI can reach it. The BIOS items are the key factor.
If you are not looking for limitation( around 200~280Mhz), you just adjust some setting as the normal board.



DRAM menu part 2



High FSB sync. Key setting
DRAM Drive Strength
Changing from LEVEL1~8 to LEVEL1~15(Improvement 11)


BIOS test rpm/temp/voltage page
You can control the temp, the chipset temp is around 50.
4000rpm, the sound is still very low.



Warm up. GH reach DDR500 2 2-2-5 3.3V.



Some parts are different with nF4.
I may spend more time to familiar with it to break the barrier.
In the past, I think ATI K8 chipset is only for normal usage.
The same chipset on DFI RD design, the OC and performance is over my expectation.
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Look for to reading your result

512x4 1T? I can't even get my DFI nF4 to boot with 1T setting.
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Give me three good reasons why I should spend $200 for this motherboard
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201 mhz 4X512 1T max.


there are no 3 reasons i can think ATM, things can get different soon.
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it would be very intresting to see wheter 2x1GB or 4x512 MB at the same timings is faster
 
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look for the anandtech review, your answer is there
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3D basic performance and Winbond memory test

ASUS AX800 2DVI VIVO 256MB
The packing is quite big, around NTD 7400. The C/P value is very high in ATI VGA cards.




Blue light is shinning during operation.



Test Configuration
CPU: AMD K8 939 3000+ VENICE OC 2.7G
MB: DFI LANParty RDX200 CF-DR
DRAM: GSkill 1GBGH
VGA:ASUS AX800 VIVO

Under 3DMARK2003
Default 400/350
Better than 6600GT



OC to 460/820



Single card to enable CF mode?!



Misunderstanding, OC too high makes 3DMARK miss judge¡K



Voltage DRAM can adjust from 2.4~4.03V
That¡¦s perfect for Winbond memory chips

Use GSkill 1GBGH



CPU 300X9 RAM divide frequency to 180Mhz reaching DDR540



What? 543 passed?!
Reach DDR543 2 2-2-5 3.58V



ATI card has a gorgeous taste.
BTW, RDX200 plus Winbond BH5/UTT have the same great OC ability with DFI Lanparty nF4

Continued................
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