DFI LanParty UT RDX200 CF-DR

There isn’t much in the way of accessories in the box, as there are no extra brackets supplied. You do get a full set of cables including two rounded IDE cables, a rounded floppy cable and four SATA cables along with two SATA power splitters for four devices.

Many of you might have read other reviews of this board or at least heard about issues with CrossFire and I have to admit that I had my own share of problems. I’m not sure if these are chipset, board or BIOS related, but the latest BIOS from DFI didn’t solve the problems I had. Initial setup was easy enough as I installed Windows with a single card fitted, as to remove any possible problems at an early stage. This proved to be as straightforward as with most motherboards and the drivers installed quite happily after Windows had been installed.

However, once the CrossFire master card was fitted the problems started. Only one card was detected in Windows and this was initially though to be a driver issue. Part of the problem was due to the DFI manual omitting the fact that you have to manually enable the second slot in the BIOS and then set both slots to operate at x8 speed. With everything set up correctly and the latest drivers installed two cards were indeed detected, but for one reason or the other I couldn’t enable CrossFire.

The ATI drivers told me that the external dongle was connected to the wrong DVI connector on the slave card, but changing this still wouldn’t allow for CrossFire operation. A few reboots later and moving the dongle between the two DVI ports and the option appeared in the drivers, although I can’t pinpoint the reason why it wasn’t working from the beginning.

According to ATI, setting up SLI is meant to be more time consuming, but that wasn’t the case for me and my personal preference at this stage is still SLI.

Once everything was working I was able to install SYSMark 2004SE and benchmark the motherboard without any problems. With an overall score of 208 on an Athlon 64 FX-57 processor and 1GB of DDR memory, it’s not the fastest SYSMark score ever. The Internet Content Creation score was 241 and the Office Productivity score came to 176.

Even completing SYSMark 2004SE can be tricky for some boards so the fact that the RDX200 CF-DR did so is an indication that it is a stable enough platform for general applications.

Moving on to 3D I decided to install Quake 4. We didn’t benchmark with this but it worked fine in CrossFire mode. However the problems weren’t over.

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