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  • Recommended by TR

Summary

Our Score

8/10

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You don’t get a whole heap of accessories in the box, as this is reserved for the full-on Lanparty version. Two rounded IDE cables, a rounded floppy cable, two SATA cables, a SATA power splitter, the jumper removal tool, an SLI bridge connector and the Karajan audio module is all you get.

The printed manual is pretty poor and doesn’t even cover all the features on the board. There are also a couple of loose sheets of paper in the box with errata.

The BIOS has an interesting feature called CMOS Reloaded. This allows you to save up to four different BIOS settings which can be easily accessed and changed between, something that is very likely going to appeal to the overclockers out there. You could use one highly overclocked setting for gaming and one regular setting for when your doing critical work and stability is imperative.

DFI has also implemented another overclocking feature that enables you to increase the memory voltage above 3.2V, when most boards don’t go beyond 2.9V. This could potentially damage your memory modules, so obviously this is done on your own risk. The BIOS that shipped with the board we received was an early one and didn’t work with our tests, which a later BIOS corrected. I recommend that you ensuring the board has the latest BIOS after you build your PC.

So what about benchmarks? Our test bed consisted of an AMD Athlon 64 FX-55 processor, 1GB of Crucial Ballistix PC3200 DDR memory, a Maxtor MaxLine III 250GB hard drive and two nVidia GeForce 6800GT graphics. The Lanparty UT nF4 SLI-D scored an overall score of 217 in SYSMark 2004 cards in SLI. Moving on to PCMark 05 it managed an overall score of 4317, slightly disappointing. On the other hand the 3D scores are nothing but impressive in SLI mode and I have no complaints at all here. You can have a closer look at those numbers on the results page.

Overall, the Lanparty UT nF4 SLI-D has managed to impress me, although there are improvements that could be made. At £120.44 this is not one of the cheapest SLI boards around, but it does have a solid range of features which makes up for the slightly higher price.


Verdict

The DFI Lanparty UT nF4 SLI-D differentiates itself from the rest of the SLI boards by having a unique design and some interesting features, especially for overclockers, while offering good application and gaming performance.

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