Newbies mark my words though, this motherboard offers you voltages high enough to seriously damage your system components! In a market not known for brand loyalty, DFI has somehow been able to forge a strong relationship with overclockers. DFI knows that enthusiasts not only want fast computers, they want them to look good too. It is a huge package with a motherboard, UV cables, a system carrier, a Front-X box, and even UV sheathing for your system cables. We’ve yet to encounter a chipset-level high definition audio implementation that supports DVD-Audio playback, and there are precious few other sources for high-def content. You can find more information on the ALC at Realtek.

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Not only is it the fastest Athlon 64 motherboard we’ve ever tested, it’s also the most overclockable, by a long shot.

Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment. The fan is low enough for video cards – both ATI and nVidia – to mount properly. Unfortunately, the SiI rides the PCI bus, so it’ll have to share limited bandwidth with other peripherals. About Us Employment Privacy Policy. LG HU85L projector needs but two inches to cast a 90″ picture. Steam names the best-selling games of In fact, DFI has been so successful that it is hard to imagine that the company only entered the enthusiast market two years ago.

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Merry Christmas from The Tech Report staff! A single PCIe x1 and x4 slot are present the implementation of these is a little unusual, as we will see later. SLI motherboards tend to draw a little more power than usual, and so there is an effective warning to that end on the main pin ATX power connector.


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We’ve yet to encounter a chipset-level high definition audio implementation that supports DVD-Audio playback, and there are precious few other sources for high-def content. There’s plenty of CPU and chipset voltage to go around too. There are no rear ports for a Parallel Printer or serial devices, but there is an onboard header for an external serial device an IR header.

DFI LANParty Venus nF4 SLI-DR Expert Motherboard – Hardware Secrets

Sr, fan status, and lanpartu monitoring. When it comes to real overclocking, there’s only one company which enthusiasts turn to, DFI. Traditionally brand-name capacitors that come from Japan are considered the best, and we’re pleased to report that the ones found on this motherboard are all Japanese made.

SATA connectors are to the right of the nF4 chipset and the magnetic levitation fan. An nothing says classy better than UV reactive yellow computer ports and slots. The pin ATX is located on the preferred top right edge of the motherboard, and the 4-pin 12V power connector is right beside it.

DFI’s LANParty UT NF4 SLI-DR Expert motherboard

As you will see later in our audio tests, the Karajan module was a much better performer than what we expected when we first saw the onboard Realtek codec. RAID 5 can be implemented on this controller with 3 hard drives.


The nForce4 SLI chipset may have been released well over a year ago, but its feature set is still competitive with most of the Athlon 64 core logic available on the market.

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DFI LANParty Venus nF4 SLI-DR Expert Motherboard

In fact, some motherboard manufacturers have passed over the X16 in favor of new designs that use the plain old nForce4 SLI. The usual four IDE devices are supported. Don’t let the unnecessarily awkward name put you off, though. Despite impressive storage and networking capabilities, the nForce4 SLI falls flat in the audio department.

Of course, enthusiasts desire more than checkbox features. Rounding things off are a pair of standard PCI slots.

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Privacy policy and Terms of Use. When a UV cold cathode is placed inside the case, these slots will glow brightly, while the black PCB below will fade into the background.

The ALC Codec provides four pairs of stereo outputs, with 5-Bit volume controls and multiple stereo and mono inputs, along with flexible mixing, and nff4 and mute functions.