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Sidney 8th September 2004 21:58

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

Dentnvr6 8th September 2004 22:46

good find lazyman, can't wait to get my hands on one of these!!!

jmke 8th September 2004 23:57

A belgian shop offered one for review, maybe Piotke will take it for a testdrive :)

Sidney 8th September 2004 23:58

Or, Piotke will buy one for his own use.;)

jmke 9th September 2004 00:03

*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.

kristos 9th September 2004 00:14

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 ...

Sidney 10th September 2004 00:42

Would you buy this board or one that supports PCI-E in S754?

easypanic 12th September 2004 22:28

Bytes@Work in .be has it on their pricelist....., tempting.

Dunno if they have it in stock already.

easypanic 14th September 2004 17:10

Ordered this thingie :)

jmke 14th September 2004 18:01

to be used with your A64 3000+ I suppose? How high does it clock now? and with what board?

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