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Thread: The high-end model, DFI LANParty LT X38-T2R works great with reasonable DDR2 memory

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    The high-end model, DFI LANParty LT X38-T2R works great with reasonable DDR2 memory

    The most popular chipset of 1st half year of 2007 must be Intel’s P35 + ICH9R.
    So, X38 should be the most eye-catching chipset in the 2nd half year of 2007.
    The differences between X38 and P35 are PCI-E 2.0 and Crossfire bandwidth as x16 + x16.

    X38 is mainly support DDR3 memory. Some 1st tier manufacture has launched their X38 mobo around October.
    After a month, DFI also launched their X38 motherboard too.
    Meanwhile, DDR3 is relatively expansive.
    Therefore, DFI “mix and match” X38 with DDR2 for a higher C/P ratio product.

    The new model of X38 is a LANParty LT series.
    They uses mostly white and blue color to light up the package box with some special clothing.


    The accessories:
    The menu, Driver CD, Cables, IO shield.
    The audio part, they features Bernstein audio module, which uses ALC885 high definition codec.


    The north bridge heat sink
    DFI provides a high-level thermal paste- SHIN-ETSU X23-7783D


    As per last model LP680i, this one can also add a fan on the heat sink too.


    DFI LANParty LT X38-T2R motherboard:




    The lower left of the board
    *a total of three PCIe x16 slots (3way crossfire or a crossfire + physics render card)
    1 x PCIe x1 slot
    3 x PCI slots
    Below VIA chipset, is the connecting port of Bernstein audio


    The lower right:
    1x Floppy
    8 x SATA II (ICH9R + JMB 363)
    ICH9R supports RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5
    JMB363 supports RAID 0, 1


    The upper right:
    1x IDE
    4x DIMM DDRII support 667/ 800/ 1066.


    The upper left:
    LANParty series keep using 8-phase digital PWM for CPU power supplying.
    I know you can order a Transpiper separately.


    IO parts:
    6 x USB 2.0
    1 x 1394
    2 x Gigabit LAN (supports Teaming function)


    X38 Chipset has a different way to cover the chipset itself


    Installed Northbridge



    Start-up screen


    The ratio and voltage settings


    DRAM multiplier settings


    CPU Feature


    DRAM‘s settings


    This setting might be push the DRAM’s performance a bit higher




    The voltage settings


    The DRAM’s voltage setting


    Northbridge’s voltage setting


    PC Health Status



    The test bed
    CPU:INTEL Core 2 Extreme QX6800/QX9770
    MB: DFI LanParty LT X38-T2R
    DRAM:CORSAIR Dominator TWIN2X2048-8888C4DF
    VGA:ELSA 8800GT 512M
    HD:WD1600AAJS
    POWER:Corsair HX520W Modular Power Supply
    Cooler:Thermaltake V1


    Software and monitoring control interface


    The performance of the CPU,
    The Quad core FSB at 462MHz, stable at 4X Super PI 32M


    The performance of DDRII
    1200 CL5 5-5-15 1.85V
    A single Super PI 32M stable


    1.9V Dual SP2004, 2GB full loaded and stable


    1200 CL4 4-4-9 2.35V
    Single Super PI 32M stable


    2.41V Dual SP2004, 2GB also full-loaded stable


    The test of memory’s bandwidth


    The DRAM part, this board is “inherent” the good traditional from DFI, it still keeps the high record.
    It even can use a lower voltage setting than P35.

    3D parts
    8800GT OC

    3DMARK2003


    3DMARK2005


    3DMARK2006


    The basic performance of X38 is a little bit higher than P35, besides, the VGA supports x16 + x16 bandwidth.
    It just like a “value-add” for X38.

    DFI LANParty LT X38-T2R
    The merits:
    1)a special style design for both package and relative covers
    2)All solid-state capacitors
    3)rich and variety BIOS setting and wide range of voltage options
    4)8-phase digital PWM and the isolated Bernstein audio module
    5)The board utilizes DDR2 for a cheaper cost to users. The performance is excellent

    The drawbacks:
    1)The launch day of DFI X38 was two months later than the others
    2)If the price of the LANParty X38 can be down a little, more users will love it, I think.
    3)The OC of Quad core CPU doesn’t better than P35

    X38/ P35, Intel made them as a main product in 2007.
    X38 is almost like P35, but the Dual x16 VGA and PCIe 2.0.

    The Quad cores CPU seems hard to reach the record of P35. but it still can reach 550 to 600MHz.

    If you want a upgrade VGA platform, X38 is almost a best choice for you,
    particularly it has dual x16 VGA and PCIe2.0 supports.
    But if budget is your first consideration. P35 is still the best choice for you!!
    Last edited by windwithme; 06-15-2008 at 02:30 AM.

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    Love your reviews.

    Would you take this mobo over Maximus?
    The price, at least in Germany is cheaper than Maximus`.

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    i'd love this board but finding it in the UK is a PITA!! and importing it carries a whole lot of risks

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    top notch review as always
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    That is one of the most attractive boards I have seen. Layout is good, colours are great, no silly heatpipes everywhere. It looks like a perfect board visually.

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    I'd love to see the IDE connectors gone by now. Other than that, a good looking board.
    As quoted by LowRun......"So, we are one week past AMD's worst case scenario for BD's availability but they don't feel like communicating about the delay, I suppose AMD must be removed from the reliable sources list for AMD's products launch dates"

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    its only there for a measure on versatility, like say if someone wants to use all 8 on the SATA ports

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    Quote Originally Posted by freeloader View Post
    I'd love to see the IDE connectors gone by now. Other than that, a good looking board.
    There are many people that still use PATA

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    Quote Originally Posted by freeloader View Post
    I'd love to see the IDE connectors gone by now. Other than that, a good looking board.
    i like my dvd drives ive had them for like 5+ years, but i would have liked to see no jmicron im about to buy some sata dvd drives so that i can disable it (it covers teh green ide and yellow sata)
    Last edited by zanzabar; 01-02-2008 at 04:00 PM.
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    2Gb ram will not enough for 64-bit OS, i wonder how it'll go with 2x2 or 4x2?

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    Great review hope I'll get my board next week then I have to learn again the DFI OC guides
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    I love this boards memory tweaking options ... I am dying waiting for it to go in stock again! Thanks for your pictures and OC showcase with quads. What about that "transpiper"? Where to get one? thx
    Sometimes a good slap in the face is all you need

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    u can get them at www.motherboardpro.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by Origin_Unknown View Post
    i'd love this board but finding it in the UK is a PITA!! and importing it carries a whole lot of risks
    OcUK are talking about bringing a few DFI lines back into stock.
    abit IP35 Pro, E6600, HD3870, FSP FX700-GLN
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heidfirst View Post
    OcUK are talking about bringing a few DFI lines back into stock.
    ooo, thanks for that information, ill email them and check

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    i just asked OCUK and got the following answer...


    Subject: Online message reply
    From: Overclockers UK <noreply@overclockers.co.uk>
    Date: Fri, January 4, 2008 3:00 pm
    To:


    Dear

    Thank you for your webnote.

    If enough stock is avaialble we do stock DFI boards however they are usually in very
    small quantities for limited runs.

    Regards,

    Thomas Lamb

    looks like im getting mine imported

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    This board is really amazing, I would get it if wasn't saving for a notebook... So I'm stuck with my Striker.

    However, this board is available in Germany:
    http://www.alternate.de/html/product...l?artno=GPED08
    I get most of my parts from them, they are very reliable. Maybe you can e-mail them, they ship internationally if I'm not mistaken.
    Yeah, I just checked, they ship to most countries of the EU.

    EDIT: mail-form: http://www.alternate.de/html/myAlter...ilContact.html
    Last edited by Don_Dan; 01-04-2008 at 07:31 AM.

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    thanks Don_Dan

    [edit] i cant speak a word of german [/edit]
    Last edited by Origin_Unknown; 01-04-2008 at 07:52 AM.

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    ok, so DFI is just WOW
    I currently still have my NFORCE 4 Sli-D with an x2 4200+ ... but this is just wow.

    anyways...however i'm still not into x38 .. am still looking at p35

    between these 2, what the difference?

    1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136039

    2. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136037

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    there is an alternate.nl

    they ship all EU ... when i lived in holland i either walked to the local store or ordered online...
    they have a store in Rotterdam

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    Nice job, windwithme

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    Quote Originally Posted by Origin_Unknown View Post
    Good choice,a competent and fast Shop
    I ordered there today the DFI and the Scythe Backplate
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    No dram drive strength settings?!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jooney View Post
    Good choice,a competent and fast Shop
    I ordered there today the DFI and the Scythe Backplate
    scythe back plate? this is going to sound really, really retarded but is that for mounting the scythe heatsink?

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