The most obvious change is the 90 degrees counter-clockwise rotation of the CPU and memory. Dual Xpress Graphics may not improve frame rates or give you bragging rights at the next LAN party, but it does have its benefits. It’s nice of Krogoth to fill in for Chuckula over the holidays. An nothing says classy better than UV reactive yellow computer ports and slots. We complained about the pin blocks in our review of the DFI SLI, but after working with the card edge boards, they are no better than the pin blocks. Both locations worked well in our testing.

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So it’s running at 1.

What remains, then, are the last three components that will generally have an impact on your overclocking endeavors. It’s only a small percentage speed jump to 2. The major change here was the move to a sfi PWM power section as has been used on Intel based P4 boards for a number of years.

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All together a very good board, which is why I have bought a spare one. Nt4 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.

We’re using the “middle” model, the nForce4 Standard. If you’re planning on running a pair of graphics cards in the NF4 Ultra-D, it may be safer to avoid mixing players from the red and green teams.


We’d also prefer a larger heat sink on the Northbridge, perhaps with passive cooling. Most motherboards require some sort of voltage modification for really extreme levels of overclocking, to enable either more CPU, memory or chipset voltage. Log in Don’t have an account?

In fact, DFI has been so successful that it is hard to imagine that the company only entered the enthusiast market two years ago.

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When it comes to real overclocking, there’s only one company which enthusiasts turn to, DFI. I have tried other power units ranging from to Watt and it becomes hit and miss whether the computer will boot up. Unless you really need four lanes for that x4 slot, the NF4 Xfi default jumper configuration works just fine. The BIOS offers very good tweaking options, but voltages are slightly more limited than the higher-end boards.

Log in Don’t have an account? This view illustrates the power section of the memory subsystem.

The best overclocking motherboard ever built? A single PCIe x1 and x4 slot are present the implementation of these is a little unusual, as we will see later.

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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. RAID 5 can be implemented on this controller with 3 hard drives. Painful and Rewarding by Wesley Fink on February 28, 7: Merry Christmas from The Tech Report staff! The highest Crystal can go with my 1. More items related to this product.


Besides, we’re inclined to take DFI at their word. In a market not known for brand loyalty, DFI has somehow been able to forge a strong relationship with overclockers. Crystal lets me choose higher voltages than 1. We prefer channel A to be slots 1 and 2 with B being 3 and 4, as the majority of people will run only two DIMMs, and a bit of extra breathing room isn’t a bad idea.

Voldenuit It’s nice of Krogoth to fill in for Chuckula over the holidays. One of the most important features for overclocking enthusiasts on this board are the memory dri selector jumpers DFI has placed just above the 24 pin ATX connector.

The fan dgi is a magnetic levitation design and is quiet and effective, a nice carry-over from ddfi original SLI-DR.