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Hey. I was just wondering what's the differences between these DFI motherboards
http://www.canadacomputers.com/index...d=pl&id=MB.693

There is
1) DFI LP nF4 SLI-DR $239.99
2) DFI LP UT nF4 SLI-DR $194.99
3) DFI LP UT nF4 Ultra-D $129.00
4) DFI LP UT nF4-D $99.00
5) DFI NF4 SLI Infinity $125.99

I definatly want to run SLI at x16 but it seems that all these boards will do that. I've looked at the description of all the boards but they all look to me to have the same features. Anyone have any more info? Which one should i get? Which is best for OC'ing?
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post #2 of 13
DFI LP nF4 SLI-DR
DFI LP UT nF4 Ultra-D

There Both nice however depends on your budget at this time. However the second listed is a good one IMO.
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Non of the DFI boards have 2x 16 lane PCI-e bus, only one.

If you use 2 cards in SLI the slots are only 8x. Saying that studies done on bus bandwidth show negligable difference when using SLI on a 2x 8 lane bus.

The "R" denotes raid 5 compatibility.

The ultra-D and D use the NF4 ultra chipset not NF4 SLI chipset.

THe "UT" denotes the extra cables, faceplates etc that are shipped with the board. (UT is the cutdown list of extras)

All the boards execpt the Infinity use the UV reactive board and socket connections.
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Originally Posted by MjrTom
Non of the DFI boards have 2x 16 lane PCI-e bus, only one.

If you use 2 cards in SLI the slots are only 8x. Saying that studies done on bus bandwidth show negligable difference when using SLI on a 2x 8 lane bus.

The "R" denotes raid 5 compatibility.

The ultra-D and D use the NF4 ultra chipset not NF4 SLI chipset.

THe "UT" denotes the extra cables, faceplates etc that are shipped with the board.

All the boards execpt the Infinity use the UV reactive board and socket connections.
Thats funny ..Look here

DFI LanParty UT CFX3200-DR RD580 Crossfire (Socket 939) PCI-Express Motherboard (MB-019-DF)
Keeping the signature UV-reactive components on board, the UT series aims to please with its rich feature set and outstanding overclocking performance. Understanding the needs for a versatile hardware platform, this series caters to enthusiasts who are on the cutting edge of technology while still wishing to take advantage of mature standards the industry currently offers. Available in both AMD ® and Intel ® platforms, the LANParty UT series offers a wide range of motherboards to choose from.

- AMD Athlon 64 X2 / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 / Sempron (Socket 939)
- 2000MT/s HyperTransport Interface
- Dual 16x Lanes- Karajan Audio
- Dual Gigabit LAN
- Silicon Image Sil 3114 Chipset (4x 1.5Gb/s)
- ULI M1575 Chipset (4x 3.0Gb/s)
- 100% Japanese Capacitors
- 6 Layer PCB
- 4-Phase PWM
- Memory Voltage: 2.5v-3.7v
- UV Sensitive Slots
- Noiseless Magnetic Levitated Fan
- Genie BIOS

Seems that in Crossfire the Bus will run at 16x it says that on the DFI site.
post #5 of 13
Im not sure about the ATI chipset board but that was not on the list so I did not comment.

With respect to the SLI boards on the list, The slots work at 16x if one card is installed. When you move the motherborad jumpers to SLI the bus is then shared between each card installed.
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Yes in that case then yes it will be 8x on each bus running in SLI.

However as to my last statement i wish to say that i may be wrong and it may still be split.
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I have done a little testing with the differet slots and the bottom slot of a SLI DFI board running at 8 X seems to make no difference at all with a 7900 GT 512MB.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ENTERPRISE1701
Yes in that case then yes it will be 8x on each bus running in SLI.

However as to my last statement i wish to say that i may be wrong and it may still be split.
That is correct on the 3200. That is one of the main difference between it and the 200.

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post #9 of 13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by MjrTom
Non of the DFI boards have 2x 16 lane PCI-e bus, only one.

If you use 2 cards in SLI the slots are only 8x. Saying that studies done on bus bandwidth show negligable difference when using SLI on a 2x 8 lane bus.

The "R" denotes raid 5 compatibility.

The ultra-D and D use the NF4 ultra chipset not NF4 SLI chipset.

THe "UT" denotes the extra cables, faceplates etc that are shipped with the board. (UT is the cutdown list of extras)

All the boards execpt the Infinity use the UV reactive board and socket connections.
Wow good info!
What's the diff between the ultra chipset and the sli chipset? Which one is better? And how good is raid now? I know the past my friend had alot of difficulty with it because one of his drives would crash and he would lose all his data. Is raid still this bad?
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Well I cant comment on the raid from first hand experience as ive never been that interested in it. Saying that though, many people think its pretty good They have good RAID controllers on the DFI boards, If I remember correctly the "R" boards have RAID 0,1,5 where as the others just have RAID 0,1

As for chipsets, The SLI chipset usually is a better overclocker. The SLI chipset supports SLI which the Ultra does not (without doing mods).

The SLI-D, SLI-DR would be my choices,
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