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Ok, well seeing as DFi's seems to be the pinnacle of Overclockable boards, can someone explain their range? I see the Infinity and Lan Party - differences? are the ones with ATi chipsets better, or is that just for Crossfire? What do the letters stand for (im geussing R = Raid)?
 

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Ok, well seeing as DFi's seems to be the pinnacle of Overclockable boards, can someone explain their range? I see the Infinity and Lan Party - differences? are the ones with ATi chipsets better, or is that just for Crossfire? What do the letters stand for (im geussing R = Raid)?
The LanParty boards are the top of the line. I don't know much about the Crossfire boards, but here's an overview of the nF4 boards

LanParty UT nF4-D - Fairly uncommon, lowest end board. Still a good board, just lacks a few options and has a slightly worse chipset. Not SLI compatible.

LanParty UT nF4 Ultra-D - Probably the most popular. Tons of options, great chipset. I love mine. At stock not SLI compatible, but chipset can be modded to use it.

LanParty UT nF4 SLI-D - Same as the Ultra-D, but SLI compatible.

LanParty UT nF4 SLI-DR - Same as SLI-D, but with 8 SATA ports vs 4 on the lower models.

LanParty UT nF4 SLI-DR Expert - Much more advanced BIOS features, often yields the most effiecient/stable overclocks when done correctly. Doesn't play nice with TCCD RAM. The most expensive, and probably the best.

All DFI LanParty boards are excellent, and I still don't know how to use like half of the options on my board.
 
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The LanParty boards are the top of the line. I don't know much about the Crossfire boards, but here's an overview of the nF4 boards

LanParty UT nF4-D - Fairly uncommon, lowest end board. Still a good board, just lacks a few options and has a slightly worse chipset. Not SLI compatible.

LanParty UT nF4 Ultra-D - Probably the most popular. Tons of options, great chipset. I love mine. At stock not SLI compatible, but chipset can be modded to use it.

LanParty UT nF4 SLI-D - Same as the Ultra-D, but SLI compatible.

LanParty UT nF4 SLI-DR - Same as SLI-D, but with 8 SATA ports vs 4 on the lower models.

LanParty UT nF4 SLI-DR Expert - Much more advanced BIOS features, often yields the most effiecient/stable overclocks when done correctly. Doesn't play nice with TCCD RAM. The most expensive, and probably the best.

All DFI LanParty boards are excellent, and I still don't know how to use like half of the options on my board.
You missed the Venus
It's an expert with all Japanese electrolyte (That's it, isn't it?) caps.

Plus, the box with the Venus is much more fancy, and I think there only was made 1000 of them.
 

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The LanParty boards are the top of the line. I don't know much about the Crossfire boards, but here's an overview of the nF4 boards

LanParty UT nF4-D - Fairly uncommon, lowest end board. Still a good board, just lacks a few options and has a slightly worse chipset. Not SLI compatible.

LanParty UT nF4 Ultra-D - Probably the most popular. Tons of options, great chipset. I love mine. At stock not SLI compatible, but chipset can be modded to use it.

LanParty UT nF4 SLI-D - Same as the Ultra-D, but SLI compatible.

LanParty UT nF4 SLI-DR - Same as SLI-D, but with 8 SATA ports vs 4 on the lower models.

LanParty UT nF4 SLI-DR Expert - Much more advanced BIOS features, often yields the most effiecient/stable overclocks when done correctly. Doesn't play nice with TCCD RAM. The most expensive, and probably the best.

All DFI LanParty boards are excellent, and I still don't know how to use like half of the options on my board.
Good list, + rep


ATi Chipsets:

RDX200CF-DR - advanced BIOS features, has Crossfire, can be picked up very cheap in the UK, many had problems but the new Rev boards seem to have sorted this - mine is working fine. Overclocks well, no SATAII but 8 SATAI, needs a lot of tinkering.

CFX3200 - more features than RDX200, has SATAII, has Crossfire, many have had problems with the SATA on them though, can overclock well, quite expensive
 

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So these special capacitors make it better, how?
By lasting longer.
 

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Google is your friend The new CFX3200 is supposed to be pretty good if you like crossfire. But for SLI and skt939, the Expert is the way to go. The ability to enable SLI in the BIOS without having to move jumpers around on teh board is probably the best feature. Also if you are getting a DFI board, sign up over at DFI-Street, the best support forum i've ever been on for specific DFI problems. ASUS, ABIT and other mobo manufacturers should really take a leaf out of their book when it comes to customer interaction.

The main benefits of the Expert over the standard, non-expert, SLI-DR are:
  • PCI-E x16 slots spaced farther apart
  • Chipset cooler no longer directly below video card
  • Smaller voltage steps for DDR voltage
  • 4V DDR voltage jumper removed
  • SLI jumpers removed, now switched through BIOS
  • Memory slots moved
  • CPU socket orientation changed by 90°
  • One more PCI slot
  • 8-pin workstation power connector instead of 4-pin
  • 5.25" and 3.5" SLI power connectors removed
  • Allows more tight memory timings (CAS 1.5)
  • Improved memory drive strength
  • Four-phase CPU power
  • Sound quality slightly improved
  • Maximum chipset voltage increased to 1.96V from 1.8V
All in all it is a much superior board, my favourite feature which I didn't know about until getting it out of the box, is that it has a power and reset button on the board itself, so you don't have to have it hooked up to a case to turn on the computer. For an enthusiast and gamer, this motherboard is excellent. I've been through 3 other skt939 mobos in the last 8 months and this is the one i'm finally sticking with. I can't fault anything about. As an engineer myself I can fully appreciate the thought that has gone into the functionality and the aesthethics of this board. DFI FTW
 

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Right then - where the HELL do i get a DR Expert (or a venus) in the UK?


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136166

Here is s super deal on the expert.
I know that FedEx, and UPS, as well as DHL carry to the UK.
You would have to contact one of thier offices and make arrangements for them to PickUp the product and ship it to you.
I would think you would have to pay for the product prior to them picking it up.
 

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136166

Here is s super deal on the expert.
I know that FedEx, and UPS, as well as DHL carry to the UK.
You would have to contact one of thier offices and make arrangements for them to PickUp the product and ship it to you.
I would think you would have to pay for the product prior to them picking it up.

£71!

Would i better buying one off eBay? (From America, i mean)
 

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- how much would my Asus A8N-SLi Premium go for?

$100-120, depending on age, probably. I forgot how much they were retail.

I wouldn't even bother looking for a Venus, they're crazy rare and (IMO) aren't worth the huge price bump over the Expert. It'll probably last like 7 years instead of 6, but are you really gonna keep your current setup that long?
 

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Good luck with your Expert. I'm on my third one. First one was very unstable in any game, second was DOA.
 
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