DFI has announced two motherboards aimed at the hardcore enthusiast gamer. The LANParty NF4 SLI-DR and LANPartyUT NF4 Ultra-D motherboards support socket 939 Athlon processors.
The LANParty NF4 SLI-DR is based on the nForce4 chipset SLI and brings the SLI DFI’s LANParty series. The LANPartyUT NF4 Ultra-D however, is based on the nForce4 Ultra also supports dual display graphics card but does so via DFI’s proprietary DXG, (Dual Express Graphics). According to DFI this takes advantage of the flexible PCI Express lanes, using a x16 and x2 configuration rather than the x8/x8 configuration of an SLI supporting chipset. It’s not clear at this stage whether this works in the same way as SLI but DFI states that this allows for, “versatile graphics support and utmost future-proof upgrade ability”.
Both motherboards support other goodies such as SATA2 with Native Command Queuing, and NV RAID, with the SLI board offering RAID 5 support. This stripes both data and parity information across three or more drives, removing the bottleneck that the dedicated parity drive presents and improving write performance.
The boards also offer many overclocking features such as delicate voltage adjustments, and CMOS Reloaded™ technology so users can overclock with piece of mind. The boards also ship with matching colour UV reactive round and SATA cables.