Initial test of a Super-value motherboard, DFI INFINITY P965-S Dark!!

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  1. windwithme

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    Infinity P965-S has been launched into market about a month.
    Some of articles in different forum are showing that Infinity P965-S’s OC
    ability is above the standard…

    I’d like to make an introduction about OC and related features about this
    board.

    The package design is emphasize the “Dark” , Dark color like style.
    Recently, the package designs of DFI mid-range or high-end product also
    have their own style.
    [​IMG]


    The bundled accessories
    No matter, the menu or driver CD are also use dark color style.
    [​IMG]


    The motherboard itself…
    The “dark style” is applied to PCB and NB/ SB heat sink.
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    The lower left of the board:
    2 of PCI-e x16 and support CF mode(x16 + x4)
    2 of PCI-e x1
    The rest are 2 of traditional PCI slots.
    [​IMG]


    The lower left of the board,
    South bridge is adopted ICH8R
    Built-in “on board” power and reset button
    8 of SATA2 slots, which are supports RAID0,1,0+1, 5.
    [​IMG]


    The upper left of the board:
    4 DIMMs for DDR2 memory
    A 24 + 8 Pin power input and a IDE device.
    [​IMG]


    The upper left of the board:
    There is a nice arrangement around the CPU area;
    it’s enough space to equip any big size cooler.
    Then, 4-phase digital PWM is adopted.
    [​IMG]


    I/O parts…
    The S/PDIF output and the High-definition 8 channels audio
    [​IMG]


    DFI has chosen a bigger heat sink for the North Bridge this time.
    [​IMG]
     
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    windwithme

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    About the BIOS part:
    The main page
    [​IMG]


    The main “adjusting page”
    [​IMG]


    CPU information
    [​IMG]


    DRAM options page:
    The BIOS options of INFINTY are a little “user friendly” than other series.
    [​IMG]

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    Range of FSB: 266 to 700MHz
    [​IMG]


    DDRII clocking ration: 533/ 677/ 800
    [​IMG]


    Voltage options page
    [​IMG]


    The highest voltage that we can add is 0.7875V.
    [​IMG]


    The highest voltage for DDRII that I can reach is 3.375V. really a wide range.
    [​IMG]


    2 VTT options that you needed to take care, if you reached FSB500 or
    above.
    [​IMG]


    NB voltage
    [​IMG]
     
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    windwithme

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    System for the test
    CPU:Intel Core 2 Duo E6420
    MB: DFI INFINITY P965-S DARK
    DRAM:CORSAIR TWIN2X2048-10000C5DF
    VGA:ELSA GLADIAC 860GTS
    HD:Seagate 7200.7 80GB
    POWER:Corsair HX620W Modular Power Supply
    Cooler:TT Big Typhoon VX
    [​IMG]


    DARK, driver installation page
    [​IMG]


    CPU overclock parts….
    It is easy to reach 500MHz, without any additional voltage
    for VTT and NB
    5001X7=>3508Mhz
    DDRII 1002 CL4 4 3-9 2.33V( a tight setting for DDRII)
    SUPER PI 32M 14m03s

    [​IMG]


    DDRII 1002 CL5 5-5-15 2.04V(auto setting of DDRII )
    SUPER PI 32M 14m26s

    [​IMG]


    Dual Super PI 32M

    [​IMG]


    The limit of the FSB is approximately 505 MHz,
    which’s without any additional voltage for chipset.
    Of course, it’s related to CPU itself.

    [​IMG]


    I have made a strict parameter for DRAM settings of INFINITY P965-S…
    Then, there is a very good result from Super PI.

    CORSAIR TWIN2X2048-10000C5DF
    [​IMG]


    DDRII 1200 CL5 5-5-15 2.33V
    SUPER PI 32M

    [​IMG]


    ELSA GLADIAC 860GTS
    [​IMG]

    VGA: 675Mhz/2.02GHz

    3DMARK
    [​IMG]


    3DMARK2005
    [​IMG]


    3DMARK2006
    [​IMG]


    DFI INFINITY P965-S DARK

    The advantages:
    1)For a fully solid capacitors version, the price is really reasonable.
    2)The BIOS has a gigantic options for tweak, particularly the voltage options
    3)It is not hard to let the CPU reached FSB500MHz without any additional
    voltage.
    4)DRAM can reach 1200 level. So far, only ASUS P5B high-end model can
    does the same


    The defects:
    1)Late market launching, might be lost some opportunity in market.
    2)There is no Dark logo for the opening scene, when the system gets start.

    DFI has a good improvement these days….
    Such like product package….from RD600 to now 965S, 680i….they truly found
    their “characteristic” in concept. Further, the OC ability is a main advantage
    of DFI boards as the past. Compares to other products that based on P965,
    DFI’s INFINITY P965-S DARK is almost one of the best board in the industry.
    It’s also a very good Intel platform too.

    The next test:
    The OC master of integrated platform>> BIOSTAR TA690G AM2
    [​IMG]
     
  4. SLi_dog

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    Wow, great job :)


    Nice pictures too, I want one :thumbup:


    So what's the actual maximum CPU voltage available?

    Also, what northbridge straps does it have 800, 1066 and 1333?

    I take it that the 500FSB was done on the 1066 strap?
     
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    Mad Mobo. Now we know what functions it has:)
     
  6. infirmus

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    Seems like a decent contender to the Gigabyte 965-DS3P. Anyone know were they are available and how much?

    [edit]
    So they are $265 from scorptec
    http://www.scorptec.com.au/product/22508

    Just a bit dearer than the DS3P... And its nearly identical..
     
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  7. MrRevhead

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    They are quicker than most P965 boards out there clock for clock. The Abit AB9 QuadGT is probably the only board which gives it a good run for its money based on the results I have seen lately. In 32M SPi performance, the DFI P965-S is 30-60secs quicker comparitive to a P5B Dlx with the same set-up/settings :eek: :)

    Pricewise, from $247
     
  8. NewKleer

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    excellent review, good job! good to see a good DFI board!

    any chance you dropped multiplier lower (eg 6x) and see what FSB board can do with additional Vtt/NB voltage?
     
  9. Boxman

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    Great review windwithme:thumbup:. Thanks for sharing! I'm excited to see what else you have been reviewing.

    The P965 Dark is a great board. It would be my next choice of board. At least until DFI's P35 solution hits, which may or may not be for a while yet.

    He has noted the FSB limit is due to a CPU limitation. It would have been the first thing he tried. Trust me, windwithme has 'references':D.
     
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    oh, i though FSB limitation was due to speed...ie cpu cant go past 3.535GHZ (7*505)...so cpus can limit FSB regardless of cpu multiplier?
     
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    Not really, most often it's FSB that limits CPUs. That's when having an unlocked multiplier really helps out.
     
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    well in the past its nearly always the motherboard's max FSB limits cpu speed (at least for low multiplier CPUS). but never thought the CPU can limit the mobos max FSB when the cpu hasnt maxxed out speed wise (eg 6 * 505)
     
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    As long as you can keep them cool and feed them enough voltage, good Core2Duos will run up to ~5.5Ghz before they error out from raw speed.


    Oh, just reading what your saying again. It still is more common for the motherboard to limit the FSB than the CPU.
     
  14. Boxman

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    Yes. FSB base clock limits are not just dependent on the board, but also the CPU. Have a look at the last few screenshots. The CPU is capable of more but the FSB will not scale any more. That's with stock vMCH too which is why WWM said that it is a CPU FSB limit.

    Yes it is possible. But board related FSB limitations are far more common, as SLi_dog says. It is not the case here though.
     
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    dont mean to be picky, but one question: whats the go with the phone bling attachments in most of the pix?
    no anal-ness intended, just curious :)
    -j
     
  16. eva2000

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    makes photos unique :)
     
  17. EvilGenius

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    And its a hell of a lot easier then adding a watermark in post processing.
     
  18. sonyx

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    the engrish, professional photography & meaningless negatives in the conclusion;


    This is an advertisement, not a review.
     
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    Maybe, maybe not. All of wwm's reviews are in this fashion - whether for DFI, MSI, Biostar etc.
     
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    Can it handle quad core?

    Would be interested to see how a QQ goes on it.
     

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