Not only is it the fastest Athlon 64 motherboard we’ve ever tested, it’s also the most overclockable, by a long shot. That’s an understandable strategy given the nForce4 SLI’s rough feature parity with its successor, whose extra PCI Express lanes convey few real-world performance benefits. 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. This board edge location keeps bulky cables away from the CPU and memory. 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. DFI knows that enthusiasts not only want fast computers, they want them to look good too.

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Most motherboards require some sort of voltage modification for really extreme levels of overclocking, to enable either more CPU, memory or chipset voltage. About Us Employment Privacy Policy.

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DFI knows that enthusiasts not only want fast computers, they want them to look good too. The fan is low enough for video cards – both ATI and nVidia – to mount properly. Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment. 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.


I wouldn’t get too worked up about a lack of high definition audio, though. The tiny PCB’s are hard to align on the other boards and the holding mechanisms are not always easy to negotiate. lanpagty

DFI LANParty nF4 SLI-DR: Features and Layout – nForce4 SLI Roundup: Painful and Rewarding

This arrangement worked well in our testing and should work better for those who change memory frequently than in the crowded right-hand alternate location used on many boards.

There’s plenty of CPU and chipset voltage to go around too.

One of the most important features for overclocking enthusiasts on this board are the memory voltage selector jumpers Llanparty has placed just above the 24 pin ATX connector. The chip eschews high definition in favor of a basic AC’97 audio implementation, which DFI predictably pairs with a Realtek codec.

Socket based Athlon 64 processors. Yes you read that right F-O-U-R volts!

Painful and Rewarding by Wesley Fink on February 28, 7: The sticker lists a few different system configurations and states approximately how much power each system will draw in total, and how many amps the 12V rail on your powersupply must be able to deliver. An nothing says classy better than UV reactive yellow computer ports and slots.

RAID 5 can be implemented on this controller with 3 hard drives.

Of course, enthusiasts desire more than checkbox features. In fact, some motherboard manufacturers have passed over the X16 in favor of new designs that use the plain old nForce4 SLI. The IDE connectors are at our preferred upper right edge of the motherboard, and the floppy connector is a board edge connector located on the right edge around the middle of the board.


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Both locations worked well in our testing. 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. Voltage, fan status, and temperature monitoring. Steam names the best-selling games of Motherboards Previous page Next page. Not only is it the fastest Athlon 64 motherboard we’ve ever tested, it’s also the most overclockable, by a long shot.

Other motherboards have just as many USB ports overall but what good are they if they require a bracket which takes up a valuable expansion slot? Voldenuit It’s nice of Krogoth to fill in for Chuckula over the holidays. Newbies mark my words though, this motherboard offers you voltages high enough to seriously damage your system components!

No Interruptions Day Shortbread. Merry Christmas from The Tech Report staff! When it comes to real overclocking, there’s only one company which enthusiasts turn to, DFI. Rounding things off are a pair of standard PCI slots. Privacy policy and Terms of Use. 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.