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DFI LANPARTY UT nF3 250Gb Motherboard

23rd November 2004
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DFI are suddenly one of the big names in quality motherboards, in fact some people have only ever known them as such, but the truth is that we were reviewing DFI motherboards when they were supremely reliable but surprisingly high quality OEM fodder with almost nothing to offer overclockers and tweakers.

There was nothing wrong with the hardware, DFI just hadn't taken that critical step into the enthusiast market where reputations are made and broken.

If the original LANParty series of motherboards got people to take notice of DFi, the UT nF3 250Gb I'm looking at today is being heralded as the motherboard that conirms their position of prestige in a cut-throat sector that doesn't accept newcomers easily, no matter how long they've actually been in business.

The LAN PARTY UT nF3 250Gb is based on the more feature-rich nForce3-250Gb - 800HT chip which includes Gigabit LAN and on-chip Firewall rather than the basic nForce3-250 which doesn't. With NVIDIA's claims to have finally got the PCI lock tightened down, and the energy of a talented team and a new-found enthusiasm behind them, this motherboard was shaping up to deliver big things for the Athlon64 long before it hit the shelves. But did it?

Let's cover the specs.

LAN PARTY UT nF3 250Gb exclusive features

  • 8CH Audio(Dolby 7.1, 8ch supported)
  • Gigabit LAN(with nVIDIA Gigabit Ethernet)
  • nVIDIA Firewall(Embedded hardware firewall)
  • 100%Japanese Capacitors
  • Brand New Genie BIOS
  • EZ-on / EZ-touch on board power switch
  • UV sensitive slots

  • AMD Athlon 64 (up to 3700+)
  • Socket 754
  •   Chipset
  • nVIDIA® nForce3 250Gb
  •   Memory
  • Three 184-pin DDR SDRAM DIMM sockets
  • Supports single channel (64-bit wide) memory interface
  • Supports up to 3GB memory when using DDR333 Supports up to 2GB memory when using DDR400
  • Supports PC2700 (DDR333) and PC3200 (DDR400) DDR SDRAM DIMM
  • Supports x8/x16, non-ECC, up to 512Mb DDR devices
  • Supports unbuffered DIMM
  •   BIOS
  • Award BIOS
  • CPU/DRAM/AGP overclocking
  • CPU/DRAM/Chipset overvoltage
  • 4Mbit flash memory
  • AMD Cool'n'Quiet technology
  •   Power Management
  • Supports ACPI specification and OS Directed Power Management
  • Supports ACPI STR (Suspend to RAM) function
  • Wake-On-Events include: - Wake-On-PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse - Wake-On-Ring (external modem) - Wake-On-LAN - RTC timer to power-on the system
  • AC power failure recovery
  •   Hardware Monitor
  • Monitors CPU/system temperature
  • Monitors 12V/5V/3.3V/Vcore/Vbat/Vsb/Vnb/Vdram/Vagp voltages
  • Monitors CPU/chassis fan speed
  • CPU Overheat Protection function monitors CPU temperature during system boot-up
  •   Audio
  • Realtek ALC850 8CH audio CODEC
  • Supports Microsoft® DirectSound/DirectSound 3D
  • S/PDIF-in/out interface
  •   LAN
  • Marvell 88E1111 GbE PHY
  • 10/100/1000BASE-T IEEE 802.3 compliant
  •   IDE
  • two IDE connectors support four UltraDMA 133Mbps hard drives
  • NVIDIA RAID supports spanning across Serial ATA and Parallel ATA
  • RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1 and JBOD
  •   Serial ATA with RAID
  • Supports four SATA interfaces with speed up to 1.5Gbps - Two Serial ATA ports supported by nForce3 250Gb chip - Two Serial ATA ports supported by Marvell SATA PHY
  • NVIDIA RAID supports spanning across Serial ATA and Parallel ATA
  • RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1 and JBOD
  •   IEEE 1394 (optional)
  • VIA VT6307 controller
  • Supports two 100/200/400 Mb/sec ports
  •   AGP
  • Supports AGP 8x up to 2132MB/sec. and AGP 4x up to 1066MB/sec. bandwidth for 3D graphics applications
  • Supports 0.8/1.5V add-in cards
  •   Rear Panel I/O Ports
  • 1 PS/2 mouse port
  • 1 PS/2 keyboard port
  • 1 DB-9 serial port
  • 1 DB-25 parallel port
  • 2 S/PDIF RCA jacks (S/PDIF-in and S/PDIF-out)
  • 1 IEEE 1394 (Optional)
  • 1 RJ45 LAN port
  • 4 USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  • 6 audio jacks for 8CH audio output
  •   I/O Connectors
  • 2 connectors for 4 additional external USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  • 1 connector for 1 external IEEE 1394 port (Optional)
  • 1 front audio connector for external line-out and mic-in jacks
  • 1 CD-in internal audio connector
  • 1 S/PDIF connector for optical cable connection
  • 1 IrDA connector
  • 4 Serial ATA connectors
  • 2 IDE connectors
  • 1 floppy connector
  • 2 ATX power supply connectors (20-pin and 4-pin)
  • 1 front panel connector
  • 3 fan connectors for CPU fan, chassis fan and 2nd fan
  • EZ touch switches (power switch and reset switch)
  •   Expansion Slots
  • 1 AGP slot that supports 8x/4x AGP
  • 5 PCI slots
  •   PCB
  • ATX form factor
  • 30.5cm (12") x 24.5cm (9.44") All specifications above are subject to change without prior notice.

    nForce3 Features:::...

    Single-Chip Architecture
    Revolutionary single-chip architecture enables higher-quality, full-featured motherboards and delivers maximum performance with the lowest latency. The single-chip design also means less power consumption and less heat dissipation.

    NVIDIA RAID technology implements standard RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 0+1 techniques to maximize storage assets. NVIDIA RAID technology additionally introduces many innovations that simplify and optimize the management of RAID features and disk resources.

    NVIDIA StreamThru Data Transport System
    NVIDIA’s patent-pending isochronous data transport system, providing uninterrupted data streaming for superior networking and broadband communications. StreamThru assists in making streaming video and audio smoother and jitter-free.

    Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
    Part of the NVIDIA Forceware unified software environment (USE). The NVIDIA UDA guarantees forward and backward compatibility with software drivers. Simplifies upgrading to a new NVIDIA product because all NVIDIA products work with the same driver software.

    NVIDIA nTune Performance Application
    Enables the easiest, safest, and highest performing overclocking available for NVIDIA nForce-based PCs. Performance wizards allow automatic tuning for the best performance or the quietest operation. Previously known as the NVIDIA System Utility.

    NVIDIA NVMixer Application
    Completely control all aspects of the NVIDIA nForce audio experience—including volume adjustment, recording options, and speaker configuration—through easy-to-follow wizards.

    AGP 8X
    Provides double the bandwidth of AGP 4X—2.1GB/sec. vs. 1.1GB/sec. AGP 8X enables more complex models and detailed textures, creating richer and more lifelike environments. Uninterrupted data flow allows for smoother video streaming and faster, more seamless gameplay.

    64-Bit Architecture
    NVIDIA nForce4 and NVIDIA nForce3 MCPs provide advanced processing capabilities and system innovations for the 64-bit AMD processor architecture.

    HyperTransport Technology
    A state of the art I/O bus interface, delivering the highest continuous throughput—800MB/s—between the nForce platform processors. Ensures data and information are relayed through the system as quickly as possible.

    USB 2.0
    A standard plug and play interface providing easy-to-use connectivity for USB devices.

    NVIDIA Native Gigabit Ethernet
    The industry’s fastest Gigabit Ethernet performance, eliminates network bottlenecks and improves overall system efficiency and performance.

    NVIDIA Firewall Technology
    A high-performance, hardware-optimized firewall, NVIDIA Firewall protects your PC from intruders by filtering unauthorized traffic. Integrated into NVIDIA nForce3 and nForce2 MCPs with NVIDIA Gigabit Ethernet, it provides professional-grade traffic inspection capabilities, advanced management features--remote access, configuration, and monitoring--and is easy to use and setup via a user-friendly wizard.

    NVIDIA nForce Networking
    NVIDIA networking delivers the highest throughput for network transfers and lower CPU utilization. The manageable and stable NVIDIA networking solution results in better networking performance and a lower total cost of ownership.

    NVIDIA ForceWare Unified Software Environment (USE)
    Ensures the best out-of-box experience for every user by delivering industry-leading features for graphics, audio, video, communications, storage, and security; one driver for all products; and continual performance and feature updates over the life of the product.

    Serial ATA
    Next-generation storage technology enables easy-to-install, high-performance, low-power hard drives.


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