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Thursday, 26 April 2007 19:35

DFI's announced LAN Party NF680I LT

Written by Slobodan Simic

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DFI is back from the dead

 
Looks like DFI is back from the dead. After the fiasco about ATI's long awaited RD600, I must confess that I lost some confidence in DFI.  DFI with his Lan Party brand always had high praise for stability, overclocking and great scores. It came back with DFI LAN Party UT NF680I LT SLI-T2R, and it looks and sounds great. Look at the box, it looks just like an average XboX 360 package. 

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New DFI's board comes with lot of unique features. It uses Nvidia 680i LT SLI northbridge combined with MCP55P southbridge.

Lets start with SLI + Physics combination, thats two PCI-Express X16 slots for graphics and one PCI-Express x8 slot for physics card announced both by Nvidia and Ati. Audio is done by DFI's KARAJAN Audio Module with Realtek's ALC885 8-channel High Definition Audio codec. As for PWM's DFI decided to go for the 6-phase Digital PWM's.

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Cooling of the board is done in an interesting way. Southbridge is cooled by copper heatsink with cooler. Now the northbridge is the interesting part. Unique heatsink comes bundled with mainboard, and it looks interesting. Also the power voltage regulation area is cooled passively by a heatsink.

As for the other specifications, let me just say that there is nothing missing. Six SATA ports supported by southbridge and two more by Silicon Image SiI 3132 chip, and one IDE connector. Two LAN ports, two Firewire ports, ten USB 2.0 ports, everything you need and a lot of it. EZ switch on the board for restart and power on, it just isn't the overclockers board if it doesn't have those, and DFI couldn't allow that.

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What to say we can just hope that board performs as good as it looks and sounds. You can check out more on DFI's homepage here.

 

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