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Old 17th January 2007, 16:16   #11
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Pictures of board’s detail.

The lab test system details
CPU: INTEL Core 2 Extreme X6800
DRAM:CORSAIR Dominator TWIN2X2048-8888C4DF
VGA:Nvidia 8800GTX
HD:Seagate 7200.10 320GB
POWER:Corsair HX620W Modular Power Supply
Cooler:TT Sonic Tower

Used X6800 series multiplier crack, can keep the processor uprise even
after x11.

8800GTX the default 576/900 MHz
In an environment likes 680i, it runs 10% lower

In an environment likes 680i, RD600 runs almost the same to it.

In an environment likes 680i, RD600 runs almost the same to it.

About the 3D rendering, RD600’s performance is quite good. It equipped with
the highest model of NVIDIA~8800GTX. Only 3DMark2003 was performed so-
so. The result of other 2 like: 05/ 06, were the same to NVIDIA’s 680i. Hope
that NVIDIA has a better driver of 8800GTX for RD600 to improve the
performance in 3DMark03.

FSB part:
Not long ago, the highest FSB of Intel platform that I tested is
ASUS P5B-Deluxe
My first X6800, which tested with P5B-Deluxe, was worked steady
at highest FSB497. But the result of DFI’s RD600, worked steady at FSB520.

My second CPU, E6300 gained highest FSB470 and worked steady
(no matter how high the voltage I increase).
The highest FSB of RD600 is 485. This’s worked steady too.
(the same E6300, also no matter how hard I increase the voltage,
it just can’t push the FSB a little higher.
I think it must about the physical limitation of CPU itself)

At last, the DDRII settings of RD600 are totally free for user to adjust.
Not necessary to accord with the FSB ratio.
DRAM: DDRII 1200 CL4 4-4-9 2T
(rest of some minor parameters are so tight)
2.35V, a single Super PI 32M finished

2.38V double Super PI 32M finished

Although, I’m not test this board very detail.
But I’d like to make a initial comments of 1st part test.
1.BIOS options and settings are various and comprehensive
2.Built-in total 8 x SATAII ports and the 3rd PCIe~ physics card,
expansibility is really high
3.The performance of FSB is excellent; almost can compares to Intel’s chipset.
4.Memory adopts an “open-structure” for users to tweak.
You can tweak how fast you want the DDRII to be.
Not limited by CPU FSB ratio anymore.
5.The board adopts some good features like: 6-phrase digital PWM,
Dual gigabit LAN, Debug light and on board power/ reset buttons.
Rich features!

Things need to be improved:
1.Price of RD600 is as high as 680i, hope there will be a new cheaper version
that built without Promise RAID chip.
2.If the in-box bundles and package can be improve next time, it’ll be great.
3.The north bridge and areas around should have a better cooling solution,
especially when FSB overclocked more than 500.
4.The BIOS sometimes show a incorrect clocking, when FSB is overclocked.

Although, RD600 is the last chipset that ATI designs for Intel platform.
But DFI still tried their best to make it perfect as a LANParty series product.
A highest FSB and the high “tweak-ability” of memory settings are the
biggest merit of the board’s itself. Moreover, some of the setting and
performance are even better than 965/ 975 and 680i chipset.
If some minors issue that I mentioned about can be improved, I think
LANParty ICFX3200-T2R is the best choice of all Intel platforms.
windwithme will test two in-coming products:
Performance and Overclock
7900GSPhoenix version

The mid-range motherboards of Intel’s platform
MSI P6N SLI Platinum
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Very nicely tested and commented. It's appreciated.
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Old 17th January 2007, 23:56   #13
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excellent OC report, god FSB tests, thanks!
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