Asus, DFI, MSI Give Mobos The Crossfire Treatment

DFI LANParty UT RDX200 CF-DR, Continued

Lastly, all pin panel connectors are color-coded, which definitely facilitates connecting up the myriad of case wires (both Asus and MSI have these, too).

While previous LANParty motherboards had three-phase voltage regulators, DFI finally decided to upgrade to four phases, making it the most solid basis for overclocking and for processors with high power requirements. There is High Definition AC97 7.1 audio, a Firewire controller by VIA and three 32 Bit PCI slots. DFI's audio subsystem is set up by plugging in a small expansion card into the back panel. As usual, there are digital coax input and output jacks. While you have to sacrifice the x1 PCIe slot when deploying a dual-slot graphics card, DFI is fully prepared to keep it.

DFI addresses the techie audience only as there is no parallel port and only one serial port adapter available for this motherboard. Also, it does not support Wake on PS/2 or PCIe. Finally, DFI is the only company that plays absolutely fair by not sending us a motherboard that has already been overclocked with a system clock set at 200.0 MHz, resulting in a CPU clock speed of 2,400 MHz for our Athlon 64 X2 4800+ processor.