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Computex 2004 Update (Part 2)
By Vijay Anand
Category : Events
Published by Vijay Anand on Saturday, 5th June, 2004

More DFI Motherboards

The DFI INFINTIY series are basically lesser expensive boards than the LANPARTY series without all the extras, but maintains the performance edge and most of the common features.

As per the name suggests, the DFI nF3 250Gb INFINITY uses the single NVIDIA nForce3-250Gb MCP chip. Designed for the socket 754 Athlon 64 processor, it supports a maximum of 3GB of memory (single channel), 2 PATA + 4 SATA ports (with full SATA, PATA RAID), one Gigabit LAN port, dual Firewire ports, eight USB 2.0 ports and diagnostic LEDs.

DFI was among the first to roll out an integrated graphic chipset for the Athlon 64 platform. Based on the VIA K8M800 with a VT8237 Southbridge, it is mATX form-factor motherboard. Its features include the integrated Unichrome2 graphics, dual PATA and dual SATA ports (has SATA RAID only), 6-channel audio, Gigabit LAN, dual Firewire ports and a maximum of eight USB 2.0 ports.

There are also more economical models and below, we highlight some upcoming models:-

The DFI 865PE-TAG uses the old Intel 865PE + ICH5 platform, but it is designed to support Intel Prescott processors and Intel Celeron processors conforming to the socket-775 pinout. Not everyone requires all the features of the new platform, so using an existing platform for support for newer processors makes economical sense.

For even more cost savings, you can opt for a board based on the VIA PT880 + VT8237 platform. The DFI PT880-ALF supports Pentium 4 Northwood, Prescott and Celeron CPUs. It has dual channel DDR 400 memory, five PCI slots, dual PATA + dual SATA (with SATA RAID only), Fast Ethernet, two Firewire ports and a maximum of eight USB 2.0 ports.

For an integrated graphics version of the above model, the DFI PM800-MLV is ideal. The VIA PM800 + VT8237 chipset mATX board has all the features of the DFI PT880-ALF minus the Firewire ports.

Here are a few other non-Motherboard products from DFI:

DFI too is venturing into small form factor systems with their MINI Pal. Looks like it could use better design touches to appeal to more users.

The Quake51 is DFI’s venture into true surround headphones. Each side has three strategically placed mini speakers in separate speaker chambers to recreate true 5.1 surround sound. The net effect is pretty neat.

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