VERDICT & CONCLUSION
What can I so about the DFI LanParty DK X38-T2RB ? Well, I have to say it's a very good motherboard indeed and I really like it. It may not be as glossy as a Gigabyte, nor does it have all the extras you'll find from a MSI ... but it does offer something different. The overall performance is very good and falls in line with other X38 based motherboards we've tested. In fact, on some of the benchmarks the DK X38-T2RB came very close to the top, outperforming both the Abit and the MSI X38 based motherboards ... but only marginally.
Overclockers will be pleased to know that the Genie BIOS was very easy to use. I was able to overclock our Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 from 2.4Ghz to 3.4Ghz (8x425) with no problems ... all done on air cooling. Increasing the CPU frequency to 425Mhz means the FSB will be rated at 1700Mhz. The DDR2 memory was overclocked to 566Mhz that's equivalent to DDR2-1132 spec, using a ratio of 3:4. All-in-all, I am pleased with the overclocking result. Very good.
Before this review ... I had my doubts about DFI's new range of motherboards. I wasn't sure whether they could achieve what they did with the LanParty NF4 DR Expert, all those years ago. And to be honest, it's quite hard goal to achieve. But having said that, DFI do have plenty of experience under their belt, in this ever competitive enthuasiast market. Well, I'm glad to say ... DFI didn't disappoint us at all, however there are always certain things that they can improve on. Things like the packaging, better extras, or maybe some unique cooling/green features?
The package is pretty basic, but does contain all the necessay cables, drivers on CD and instruction manual. However, it lack some of the extras you might expect from an enthusiast board. Things like extra SATA data/power cables, crossfire ribbon cable or maybe a USB/Firewire backplate. On the motherboard, there's no eSATA or firewire, which I find little disappointing ... but you do get 6 USB ports and one gigabit ethernet port. What I do like about the DFI LanParty DK X38 T2RB is the external clear CMOS jumper, as well as the internal reset and power-on switches. These are ideal for the extreme overclocker who can restart and recover from a failed overclock. Other feature I also like include the diagnostic LEDs.
The cost of the DFI LanParty DK X38-T2RB motherboard is surprisingly low. Costing around Â£120.00 ($240.00) it's one of the cheapest X38 based motherboards available, and offers the best price/performance ratio in my opinion. Check out the prices here. DFI have really stepped their game this year, and we expect more to come form this motherboard verteran. So watch this space.
Final words: DFI have done a great job with their LanParty DK X38-T2RB motherboard. It's affordable, overclockable and offers very good performance. We'll be seeing a lot more from DFI this year, no doubt about that.
- Supports all the latest Intel processors
- Supports DDR2 ram
- Excellent performance
- DFI's Genie BIOS offering good overclocking ability
- External clear CMOS jumper
- More bundled extras needed (just a suggestion)