by Rob Williams on July 4, 2005 in Motherboards
DFI knows that hardcore gamers are interested in a motherboard with huge overclockability and modding potential. We are taking a look at the UT Ultra-D NF4, which promises just that.
As mentioned in the intro, this is not a hardcore in-depth review, so we won’t get too deep into benchmarking, but we will hit the bases. The system will be run completely un-overclocked, and then with a max overclock. Here are the system specs:
Stock: Venice 3200+ @ 2.0GHz, DFI Ultra-D, Crucial Ballistix PC4000 @ 200MHz 2-2-2-6, BFG 6800 GT OC 370/1000, WD 160GB 7200RPM
Overclocked: Venice 3200+ @ 2.7GHz, DFI Ultra-D, Crucial Ballistix PC4000 @ 315MHz 3-4-4-10, BFG 6800 GT OC 370/1000, WD 160GB 7200RPM
For the benchmarks, I chose to use some of the most common ones, without getting too far into detail. I personally love using EVEREST for the memory benchmarking, and SANDRA for the CPU Multi-Media test. For a quick CPU benchmark, I used Super Pi 1.4 mod.
To test the system all around, I used 3D Mark 2001, using default settings. Doom III was run at 640*480 with minimal detail, Far Cry at 800*600 with minimal detail and finally, Half-Life 2 at 640*480 with minimal detail. dBPowerAmp was used to convert a 43.3MB .WAV file to .MP3 (Lame).
EVEREST Memory Read
EVEREST Memory Write
EVEREST Memory Latency
Super Pi: 1Million
Integer 19167 it/s
Integer 25778 it/s
3D Mark ’01
Wav to MP3 (43.3MB)
The benches have come out fantastic. Further reason to love the 702 BIOS update, is the fact that the max Memory Read went from the previous max of 7300MB/s to 7616MB/s. That extra push to the memory didn’t really affect the Write or Latency though.
Overall, as you can see from the before and after benchmarking specs, the Ultra-D certainly won’t hold you back on your overclock.