by Rob Williams on September 18, 2006 in Motherboards
DFIs highly anticipated AM2 enthusiast board is finally here, after months of development. Like previous LanParty boards, this one caters to the overclocker, and simply checking out the BIOS screams that fact. Does it please this enthusiast? Read on…
The side view shows off the odd S-ATA ports and also the floppy connector.
The board uses a simple socket mount.
In the below picture you can see the IDE connector, 24-Pin motherboard and also the 8-Pin motherboard. Here also are the two extra S-ATA ports and the Silicon Image chipset.
The caps used around the board:
The digital PWM and it’s heatsink:
In this picture, you can see the connector for the audio. That piece doesn’t need to be installed if you have a separate sound card, or just don’t need it.
Finally, here is an opposite view of the last picture. Without the sound card installed, we have 6 USB, 1 Firewire and 2 LAN. In case you are in need of PS/2 mouse/keyboard ports, they are here also.
I am impressed with the motherboard layout overall… no real complaints. DFI did a few things differently here, such as the sideways S-ATA ports, and I have come to prefer them. Depending on your setup, your opinions may vary.
Time to take a hard look throughout the BIOS…