Other hot components like the MOSFETs on the power regulation have all been equipped with large aluminum heatsinks, although theyâ€™re not quite as big as those on the nF4 SLI-D. The power connectors are all located at the front of the board â€“ besides the extra dual slot power connector â€“ and the RDX200 CF-DR can be used with EPS style eight-pin 12V connectors. A sticker on the main 24-pin power connector recommends a 600W PSU if you are using dual X850 series cards and an Athlon 64 FX57 CPU â€“ thatâ€™s more than what nVidia recommends for SLI with dual 7800 GTX cards.
The IDE connectors are located just below the power connectors and below those is the floppy connector which is at a 90 degree angle, which depending on your case could make for tidier cable routing. Further down again along the front of the board are four SATA connectors which belong to the southbridge. These are not SATA II compatible and neither are the additional four SATA connectors at the bottom of the board as the Silicon Image controller used doesnâ€™t support SATA II.
There are two onboard network controllers â€“ both of the Gigabit type â€“ one connected via the PCI Express bus and one via the PCI bus. The latter isnâ€™t going to have enough bandwidth to provide you with the full Gigabit speed, but this isnâ€™t too much of an issue. One feature where ATI has an advantage over the nForce 4 chipset is that it supports High Definition Audio controllers and DFI has fitted a Realtek ALC882 controller supporting 7.1-channel of sound. This comes on a Karajan module and looks similar to that on the nF4 SLI-D.
The rear I/O of the motherboard consists of two PS/2 ports, coaxial S/PDIF in and out, six 3.5mm audio jacks (once the Karajan module is in place) along with six USB 2.0 ports, two Ethernet connectors and a single six-pin FireWire port. No extra brackets are supplied with the board, but there is a header for another FireWire port, two USB ports and a serial port.
As with other LanParty boards the RDX200 CF-DR has onboard power and reset buttons, which can come in handy during the setup of your machine. Four debug LEDs are also located at the rear of the board, not an ideal location as if you fit a PCI card in the bottom slot itâ€™ll be hard to see the lights. Apart from the CPU fan a further three fan connectors are available - one at the top and two at bottom of the board â€“ again, a slightly odd layout as one of the bottom fan headers is unlikely to get used.