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My initial thoughts on this board before I get too deep into overclocking:

This board has EVERYTHING you could possibly want, with the exception of SATA2 support. The use of an ATI SB which does not allow SATA2 is my only issue with this board, and its the least of my concerns.

So far, I like this board alot! It offers all of the same bios tweaks as the nf4 versions, and possibly even more.

I have not dug into the bios enough yet, but I am extremely happy that they have brought back CMOS Reloaded (my nf3 DFI did not have it, but my Ultra Infinity's did), and it's a welcomed addition to the new boards.

Windows x64 works well on it, but your usual things do not, ITE Smartguardian for instance. I have found a total lack of support for the x64 architecture, and if I were AMD, I'd be pushin MS to do so (not to mention everyone else).

Windows 64 is smooth, installing FarCry now


Still at stock speeds, but of course I couldn't resist some mild overclocking just to see what this CABNE 150 could do.

230x12 was a breeze, on 1.4 volts, but I backed it down because I still want to break her in right. ATI's x64 support is appauling, for something thats been out a while, it's still VERY buggy (but it would appear most everyone knows this).

I am happy with the board and the layout, and I definitely like the 4 LED's that show the POST progression (cpu verification, ram, etc), nice to get an idea of whats holding me up.

I do not have my mushkin in there, I have some of my old OCZ gold EL PC3200. Reportedly BH-5, but inspecting the chips proves nothing. They do however run 2-2-2-5 at 3V at 230, so I'm not complaining, yet.

The board features jumperless 4+ volts for the ram, which is just plain cool. I am happy they did that.

Will be updating this thread with more information, as I stumble upon new things.

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one more issue with this board, I have to reset it everytime I make a change in bios, it does not like to make the changes during reboot...bios revision I am sure will help that, but ooh guess what, Winflash doesnt like Windows x64 (go figure).

Oh well, knew I was going to have to dual boot this badboy.
 

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Bah, who needs Sata2? Get a Raptor and "foget about it"!
 

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There is a little issue with the battery, so if you have to clear CMOS, do not remove it. Be a good boy and wait couple of hours. You will be glad you did.

It seems that the Expert and the CF like to kill CPUs. The aforementioned issue is the cause of several dead CPUs and mem sticks.
 

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Good to know..."pulling battery = bad"



Supposedly DFI released a bios in late December to help with this problem, but seeing as I have no particular reason to update the bios yet (and winflash doesn't work on win64), I will wait a while til my new HD comes in.
 

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Or not


Not having problems with it yet at all. It's MS I am having issues with, but that's nothing new, is it?
 
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