by Greg King on May 16, 2007 in Intel Motherboards
If you are planning on buying an Intel motherboard, chances are it has an Intel or NVIDIA chipset. Where does ATI fit in? DFI’s ICFX3200 features the RD600 chipset, and we will see how it compares to other boards we’ve reviewed in the past.
I must admit, the BIOS settings were a bit much for me at first. It certainly took some book time to catch up to speed with what everything did. We first worked to find the highest FSB that we could achieve. With a small bump in voltage on both the CPU and the northbridge, we were able to get as high as 447MHz with the E6600 multiplier set to 6.
While this isn’t as high as the 475 that we achieved with the Commando, I am confident that there is plenty more in the board but I honestly was overwhelmed by the different options, especially the voltage settings.
With overclocking out of the way, our mood concerning this board is mixed at best. The performance of the ICFX3200 was middle of the road on almost all of the tests but when compared to the Infinity, it overclocked much better and placed against the Commando, the true CrossFire capabilities are certainly a plus. Of the three boards used in the review, the ICFX3200 wins hands down from an enthusiast’s point of view.
The amount of options available and at the disposal of the user is staggering. If overclocking isn’t your bag, there are many more boards available that deserve your consideration. If one thing can be said, the ICFX3200 is not a perfect motherboard. However, while not perfect, it is a very solid board and throughout the testing, remained completely stable.
Something should be said for DFI and their commitment to bringing this chipset to production. While it doesn’t live up to the hype that it once had prior to launch, it comes close and has earned an 8 out of 10.
- Very deep BIOS
- 8 SATA ports
- RAID 0, 1, 10 and 5
- Typical LANParty styling
- Quad core support
- 3 PCI-E slots to accommodate ATi physics approach
- Middle of the road performance against 975X and P965 chipsets
- HOT chipset
- BIOS will more than likely humble all but the most experienced of overclockers
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