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    New OC Legend - DFI nF4 SLI-DR EXPERT First Test

    These 2 weeks, DFI has done a lot.
    Just remember DFI launched ATI RD482, RDX200 CF-DR, 2 weeks ago.
    I am still impressive in the OC ability, great layout and components.
    Today, DFI launches revised nF4 – EXPERT version.

    Lets have a look.
    The box changes to green plus EXPERT wording.
    Previous nF4 is blue and RDX200 is red.



    The backside of box has detail description.



    The outlook of the board
    We can see it’s similar with RDX200.
    The same 100% Japanese capacitors keep good quality.



    Left below
    For advanced user who has audio card or TV tuner card, the original nF4 just has 2 PCI.
    This version increase to 3 PCIs and keep the diagnostic LEDs.



    Right below
    The same as usual to have POWER&RESET switches.
    4 nF4 built-in SATAII and 4 SATA from Sil3114 which supports RAID5.
    Also built-in PC speaker which can be disable by jumper.



    Left above
    2 IDE slots.
    The same as INTEL LGA775 uses 24PIN + 8PIN in power connectors.
    But normal 20PIN + 4PIN POWER still can use.



    IO and Memory
    6 USB 2.0 + Dual Gigabit LAN + 1 IEEE1394
    The memory slots are great. You can use CPU and chassis coolers to reduce the heat of memory




    SLI switch is electrical.
    Enlarged PCI-E gap is wonderful for user to use water blocks or compressor to tweak the VGA performance.
    nF4 chipset cooler is magnetic levitated fan. It’s 3000 to 7000rpm. User can adjust it by himself. This design is great for performance and low noise.


    The components close to CPU socket
    4 phases PWM with aluminum components to enhance the stability.



    The best selling point for this board
    Keep the nF4 great OC blood, in memory, it break the AMD 4DIMM in DDR333 2T spce.
    In EXPERT, we may can reach DDR400 1T with 2 2-2-5.
    I use 2 pairs GSkill 1GBFX to test this.




    Time is late. Wait for more detail test in BIOS and memory tuning............

    BIOS Options…

    The boot up screen is getting better.




    BIOS
    Basically, the setup is similar with previous DFI LanPARTY nF4 series.
    However, the range is more flexible.

    Main setup options




    Built-in MEMTEST is a great tool. The version is 1.65






    The highest frequency is 550





    HT 1~5X also has 1.5X and 2.5X





    CPU voltage also has 2 segments adjustment.
    1st segment is 0.08V to 1.55V






    The 2nd segment is %, maximum is 136%
    The overall highest voltage is 2.108V




    DRAM voltage
    Previous version is setting into 2 sections : 2.5V~3.2V&3.3~4V JUMP.
    This version is non-section voltage from 2.29V~4V. Even the voltage is over 3.3V, there is no heat issue as before.







    SLI uses electronic switch. You can switch into 1X/16X or 8X/8X mode in BIOS



    DRAM tuning options
    Same as previous version
    First page



    Next page



    The key factor of OC - DRAM Drive Strength
    From LEVEL1~LEVEL8 to LEVEL1~LEVEL15




    BIOS Temp./Speed control page



    Test Congiuration

    AMD K8 939 3000+ 0517
    DFI nF4 SLI-DR EXPERT
    GSkill 1GBFX DDR400 2 2-2-5 2 pairs
    SPARKLE 6200
    Maxtor 30GB
    DELTA 350W



    Even it’s 512X2 DDR400 2 2-2-5, when you plug 4 DIMMs, you still need to adjust the BIOS very carefully.
    DDR400 1T 4 DIMM is not CPU(AMD).MB(DFI).DRAM(GSkill) official guarantee.
    All official guarantee is dual channels not 4 DIMMs in 2 channels.

    Reached! DDR400 2 2-2-5 1T 512MBX4 2.68V
    PI 32M finished!!!





    Forget the most important accessory

    Longer SLI bridge





    3D VGA
    MSI 7800GT SLI


    3DMARK2003


    3DMARK2005


    DRAM
    2GB Kit
    GSkill 2GBHZ


    DDR570 3 4-4-8 1T 2.49V PI 32M
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    Last edited by windwithme; 11-20-2005 at 09:04 AM.

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    thats a pretty board.. looking foward to see if there is a difference with this compared to the old

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    Nice Thanks for posting
    Now, lets see how it performs with 4X512...RDX200 can do it @206-1T

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    glad to see someone finally HAS the board...definitely looking forward to results
    Last edited by AlterBridge86; 11-04-2005 at 08:13 AM.
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    good job wwm, now show us if it can handle those sticks like the ati version!!!
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    no more jumpers ?
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    AHH that's the stuff!

    I need my fix though, show some benches!!!

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    retail eta?


    very truly yours,
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    any tests?

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    Beautiful board. Looking forward to dump my Asus Premium for this.


    My Complete System Specs and High Rez Pics Here.

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    Retail ETA:
    4-10 November

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    Awesome! I knew waiting would pay off. Lets see some exterme overclocking with this board. Also if you have any ballistix please test 2x1gb please. Let us know if there are any problems with this board like the RDX200.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AfterClock
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    4-10 November

    thanx, man. besides cleaning up 5.0/3.3 vdimm jumper probs, more space between pcie slots and dimm slot layout change, anything else different? will there be an expert d, expert ultra-d, expert sli, etc?

    edit yea i sees 3 pci slots, too. good. can now use pvr 150 and wifi AND my xmystique7.1

    very truly yours,
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    Last edited by politenessman; 11-04-2005 at 10:00 AM.

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    how much ?
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    this is a beauty.. but I could not use it because the video card nearest the processor would hit my 2nd radiator. doh! oh well.. the video cards are much more towards the middle of the board now.. which is good in general, but could cause some isssues with people with Lian-Li vXXXX cases who have a 120mm radiator installed on the rear fan.. just make a note of that if that's you.

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    Nice to see the boards actually exist
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    wow...wanting results!

    Forget the recent Sapphire and DFI RDX200 boards...this is where the real OC'ers will be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by politenessman
    thanx, man. besides cleaning up 5.0/3.3 vdimm jumper probs, more space between pcie slots and dimm slot layout change, anything else different? will there be an expert d, expert ultra-d, expert sli, etc?

    edit yea i sees 3 pci slots, too. good. can now use pvr 150 and wifi AND my xmystique7.1

    very truly yours,
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    Hi there

    I can see no more expert nF4 versions...only the SLI-DR eXpert...being shown here.

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    the question is....how does it perform under subzero?
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    wow thx for post it up windwithme - like always
    that will be my next board for sure, did you try some oc ?
    and im wonder , he is better than the "old" pcb ?
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    Guess retail ETA is now 5-10 Nov...

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    Quote Originally Posted by don_vercetti
    wow...wanting results!

    Forget the recent Sapphire and DFI RDX200 boards...this is where the real OC'ers will be.
    Once RDX200 gets a newer bios fixing locks the real ocers will be there too running 2x 1800xts

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    OMG...finaly...I was ready to get an other board...I hope it will be nice to my new 144
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    Update?

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    Great job windwithme. We hope your results.

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