DFI certainly know how to design nice looking motherboards:
Users of the previous 790FX-M2RS board will notice one striking difference with this board:
This new cooling system should hopefully do a better job of cooling the NB chip. Previous M2RS users will know how hot the thing can get, so this is a welcome addition.
DFI have made a smart move with the expansion area. Whilst this board only features 3 PCI-E x16 ports, the layout of them means that no matter what sort of configuration of graphics you have, you will still have most of your ports available. At most, you will lose 1 legacy PCI port should you go crossfire. The only downside is the lack of any PCI-E x1 ports.
With regard to storage devices, DFI takes advantage of the new SB750 to refresh the number of SATA ports from 4 to 6. You can have RAID 0, RAID 1, or RAID 0+1 with this config, although there is no RAID 5 support. You also have your Floppy Port, IDE Port and ATX 24-Pin power connector on this edge of the board as well.
The M2RSH offers you an extra 3 USB headers here. You also find you front panel headers (as usual), along with a BIOS debug LED for working out what has gone wrong with an OC. You also have 2 Handy switches for reset and power, useful for those who will be running caseless setups, or those who tinker inside their Rig alot. My only slight snag here is that Half of the LED is covered over by the PCI-E clip.
With the back panel you get the usual fare. There are legacy PS/2 ports for your Keyboard and mouse, 6 USB connectors, Gigabit LAN, audio connectors, Optical, and Coax. You also have a CMOS clear jumper on the back for if your OC goes bad. The jumper on the board can be replaced with some of the jumper placers found in the box, so that you can access it even when its in the case. The only nitpick I have with this is the fact that DFI could have used a more convenient button mechanism rather than basic jumpers.
And here is the CPU socket and RAM slots. This board will support up to 8GB of memory, so that means 2GB Dimms are Ok. Nothing much else to report. The NB heatsink doesnt look like it will interfere with the CPU HSF, although if you are using a tower cooler keep in mind that the cooler may overhang the RAM slots, ruling out Dominator style RAMSinks.Edited by OrphanShadow - 10/18/08 at 5:30am