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DFI LANParty DK P45-T2RS PLUS review

DFI LANParty DK P45-T2RS PLUS (Intel P45)

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After a long saga, news of abit's demise in the motherboard market has been recently confirmed. For long-time fans of overclocking, it comes not so much a surprise, as regret that a former household, acclaimed brand is now no more. While abit has not showed any signs that it could revive its glory days, it was still a loss for enthusiasts.

What it also seemed to imply is that going niche is insufficient in such a competitive market, especially if the niche segment does not have the volume. This can be seen in recent years, with big players like ASUS expanding aggressively into all segments with a broad range of products, including premium models that are meant for enthusiasts. Smaller manufacturers like DFI, which has quickly cultivated a reputation for overclocking, has hence been under threat.

One of the company's latest attempt to distinguish its products from the competition is the LANParty DK P45-T2RS PLUS, which comes with a new Auto Boost System that could simplify overclocking for less experienced users. This new feature will be present on all new motherboards from its LANParty DK and Blood Iron series and it's telling that these are the more mainstream series. Of course, DFI's extensive BIOS options remains on these boards and here to illustrate this, here's a look at this Intel P45 board using the ICH10R Southbridge:-

Before we explore this board any further, the contents of the retail package are quite typical and listed below, along with the technical specifications:-

  • 2 x SATA data cables
  • 1 x SATA power converter cable
  • 1 x 80-conductor Ultra ATA data cable
  • 1 x floppy drive data cable
  • 1 x CrossFire bridge
  • RAID driver diskette
  • I/O shield
  • Driver CD
  • User manual
  • Auto Boost System Installation Guide

Board Design and Layout

This DFI board is pretty much your modern motherboard, with all the features and perks that we have come to expect. We were also generally pleased with the board layout, with the exception of some minor grouses.