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The motherboard that breaks the limitation of memory:DFI LANParty NF680I LT SLI-T2R

Discussion in 'Intel x86 CPUs and chipsets' started by windwithme, May 24, 2007.

  1. windwithme

    windwithme Member

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    Recently, the hottest chipset of NVIDIA must be NForce 6 series (Intel
    platform).
    In fact, 680i is the highest model of them all, which has SLI x16 + x16
    /EPP/QuickSync technology….etc. The publicity of NV 6 series is “on the rise”
    these days, even though the Intel chipsets are so strong in the market.

    Not long ago, I released a review of 680i’s reference board.
    That is also the board of many others manufacturer too (same board,
    just print their logos on) No matter the spec. or design of it is also real
    excellent; particularly the
    DDRII OC parts is defeats all Intel chipsets. But it was pity that the
    reference board of 680i only can reached 470MHz when installed with my X
    6800 CPU. Besides, I tried 965 mobo equipped with the same CPU, it ran
    around 500MHz… later on, some of the mobo manufacturers tried to design
    their own 680i. but seems non of them could do better than the NV reference
    board.

    Now, what I’m going to test is the overclock-oriented motherboard, DFI.
    The LANParty UT NF680i LT SLI-T2R is the highest-end of DFI’s LP product.
    It adopts 680i LT chipset; it is exactly the same spec to 680i. Maybe
    the “production quality” is a bit different to 680i.

    First of all, we check the package design first; it’s really “fashion-look”
    this time.
    [​IMG]


    The inside package contain 3 different parts.
    The 1st part: NB Heat sink.
    [​IMG]


    The installation guide of NB heat sink and the paste.
    [​IMG]


    Imprint Fins of NB heat sink with a LP logo.
    It is optional to install a 6 x 6 cm FAN,
    a great help to a high performance NV chipset.
    [​IMG]


    “Copper bottom” design. I heard that this NB heat sink will be sell
    independently…
    [​IMG]


    The 2nd part, Accessory
    [​IMG]


    Inside:
    Includes User menu, driver CD, SLI bridge, IO shield, connect cables,
    Karajan audio module and RAID driver disk.
    [​IMG]


    The 3rd part: the board itself
    [​IMG]


    DFI LANParty UT NF680I LT SLI-T2R
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    Lower left of the board: 3 x PCIe x16, 1x PCIe x4, 3 x PCI slots.
    [​IMG]


    The lower right parts:
    Power/ Reset button & Debug LED light.
    Pure copper South bridge
    6 ports of SATAII, which supports RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5 functions
    Built-in Silicon Image SiI3132 chip.
    2 stackable SATAII ports with RAID function too.
    [​IMG]


    Upper left of the board
    IDE 24-pin power and 4 dimm DDRII slots
    [​IMG]


    The upper left parts:
    Unique 6-phase digital PWM design, except the better power supply stability,
    it also provide a bigger space for a “huge” CPU cooler.
    [​IMG]


    IO output
    6 x USB2.0 (total up to 10 ports), Dual gigabit LAN, 1394 ports
    (audio module not installed)
    [​IMG]


    Northbridge
    [​IMG]


    There is a cushion pad between the heat sink and the surface of the chip.
    Just follow the instruction, the chip won’t be damage…
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
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    windwithme

    windwithme Member

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    The system details:
    CPU:INTEL Core 2 Duo E6420
    MB: DFI LANParty UT NF680I LT SLI-T2R
    DRAM: CORSAIR TWIN2X2048-10000C5DF
    VGA:MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-HD-OC
    HD: WD1600AAJS
    POWER: Thermaltake Toughpower 850W
    Cooler: Thermaltake V1
    [​IMG]

    I recommended that install a additional fan with the NB, especially when OC
    over 400MHz…(BTW, V1 is really helpful, the air flow can help NB too, it’s
    strong)

    The drivers installation interface:
    [​IMG]


    CPU: 266X8=>2133Mhz 1.3V
    DRAM: DDRII 800 CL3 3-3-9 1T 2.19V
    NB:1.18V

    SP2004 steady…
    [​IMG]

    DDRII 800 CL3 3-3-9 1T is a option that 680i reference board can’t be
    reached.
    I knew the revised version BIOS released, the reference board can works
    normally at last. But the voltage is higher than DFI680i LT a little bit.


    CPU: 266X8=>2133Mhz 1.3V
    DRAM: DDRII 1066 CL4 4-3-9 2T 1.98V
    NB:1.18V

    SP2004 steady…
    [​IMG]


    I tried to show the performance between 680i and 680i LT when equipped
    with X6800ES CPU… (It ran steady at FSB470MHz)
    CPU: 450X8=>3600Mhz 1.4V
    DRAM: DDRII 1310 CL4 4-4-4 2T 2.67V
    NB:1.48V

    Super PI 1M
    [​IMG]


    DFI 680i LT NB after increasing a little voltage, 500MHz FSB is easy to reach.
    Further, the highest voltage is 3.04V; it’s a wider range of voltage settings
    than 680i reference board. For my personal experience, this is the first time I
    reached 1300(CL4) with 2G DDRII memory. Quite cool…

    DFI did the best to make LT better than the hottest NV 680i reference board
    (by their R&D design). Moreover, the FSB and DDRII performance are
    obviously better than the reference board. It improves the FSB’s limitation
    between different CPU of Intel.
    Further, it also pushes the memory performance to a highest place under all
    Intel platform.

    Most of Mobo manufacturers sell the 680i reference board awhile ago and
    some of them have their own design too… DFI was late in launch their 680i
    LT as usual, but, the refined package design, thoughtfulness HW & BIOS
    design and OC performance are still the reason why enthusiasts like it.
    I’ll post a detail review about BIOS and some extreme OC test a bit later.

    The up-coming reviews:
    ATI RADEON HD2900XT 512MB CrossFire
    The ultra-high VGA product line.
    [​IMG]


    Thermaltake Toughpower 850W
    High C/P ratio and high power output Active PFC PSU
    [​IMG]


    Updated Seagate 7200.7 160GB HD, for increase the performance,
    I brought the WD 1600AAJS 160GB 8Mb cache memory. (a latest version)
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: May 25, 2007
  3. doghouse

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    As usual, nice review, excellent photo's :thumbup: Looking forward to other peoples results to add to yours, especially quadcore!!
     
  4. Borgod

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    I received my DFI NF680i LT lastnight and I must say, the packaging, manual, BIOS and general build quality is outstanding.

    For my first DFI board, I'm very impressed thus far! :thumbup:
     
  5. doghouse

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    Dude, plz write up your experiences, I know you got quadcore loving happening, I wanna see just how fussy or fantastic this board can be. What PSU you going to use, what memory, what cooling, what are you going to cool the digital PWM with, what case, what, what, what??????????:D

    Is the board as ugly in the flesh as it is in the photos?
     
  6. Borgod

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    hehe no problem

    I ran out of time so haven't installed Windows yet, but thats tonight job.

    Specs:

    QX6700 ES B3
    2GB G.Skill HZ
    X1950XTX
    2x320gig Seagates to be ran in RAID 0
    Pioneer 212BK SATA DVD Drive
    Enermax Galaxy 1000w (EGX)

    DTek Fuzion waterblock
    Swiftech MCP355 /w Petras top
    1/2" Tygon tubing
    Thermochill PA120.2 rad
    Silverstone TJ09 case


    As I said, Ive only got into BIOS so far. Coming from a nightmare experience with the Abit QuadGT P965 MB (so things I may think are great about the DFI, are probably very standard expectations :) ) initial impressions are:

    -Manual is very thorough with good descriptions of most BIOS options
    -Turns on and off when asked :)
    -Yet to get BIOS to recognise my G15 USB keyboard
    -Current BIOS max Multiplier is 10 :( They better fix this with a BIOS release. Little point in owning an Extreme Edition with it atm.
    -Northbridge HS is easy to install, and is a very good size. By far the best OEM NB HSF I've come across.
    -PWM cooler will be an issue. Just idling in BIOS it reach 80 degrees and was too hot to touch. Never fear however, I will be sticking one of <these> to the top of the PWM heatsink with a fan which will help a fair bit I believe.
    -Believe me when I say I am against bright colours, but it actually doesnt look so bad with the bright orange PCI slots. Keep away from the bright orange IDE/Floppy cables, but I think the colour scheme works.
    -I have SATA2 cables that have a 'lock' mechanism on the SATA connection. These barely fit inside the DFI's SATA ports. Barely, but they do fit. I will add they look nice having them on the side of the MB.
    -One gripe, the ATX12v 24pin connector is reversed :mad: I have to rotate the 24pin connector 180 degrees for it fit which kind of sucks.
    -The PCI-E slots have no card 'lock' mechanism which I think is great.
    -All of the 3pin fan connectors (5 all up) are near the bottom of the MB, bar 1. For those wanting to hide fan connectors up the top of your case, you'll only have 1 3pin connector to use up the top, otherwise you'll have to redirect all cabling down to the bottom - or use 8pin molex's.
    -The 6 external USB ports are EXCELLENT :)

    -For those who are familiar with the Silverstone TJ09, it has 2 vents up top of the case. I have squeezed a PA120.2 rad up there. This comes at a price, as the fans that blow air out of the case up into the rads actually sit lower than the top of the MB. Lowest point at about the middle of the MB mounting screws.
    As the RAM slots are very close to the edge (or high), they actually touch my radiator. I have to very carefully guide the MB tray into the case so the RAM slot tabs don't snag on the rad fans and damage them.
    Similarly, the CPU HSF mounting holes are very 'high'. The DTek FuZion mounting pins rest just below the rad fans. The nuts that hold down the waterblock itself literally sit 1mm away from the fan blades. It was very hairy putting it together, but when fired up - all is well :)

    Tonight I will be installing Windows and will continue from there.
     
  7. doghouse

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    Nice system :thumbup: . Good to see that your PSU has not caused any problems, I saw that Enermax PSU's were not playing nicely on XS, could be a one off though. That is an amazing temp for the PWM 80d :eek:

    Photos, I demand photos :D

    Have fun dude, Ill be watching.
     
  8. dinos22

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    Show us a 32M SuperPI run ;) at max clocks with 4-4-4-x timings

    you 1M time is extremely slow for the clocks you've got there indicating either really loose subtimings or monitoring programs running during the run

    which was it
     
    Last edited: May 24, 2007
  9. Borgod

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    doghouse: will do soon :)

    Yeah the Galaxy is a beast of a PSU. It's so damn heavy. I'm yet to thoroughly test it, but from the outset it doesn't look to hold voltage aswell as my Silverstone Zeus. But at least the Galazy doesn't buzz like crazy.
     
  10. eva2000

    eva2000 DDR1/DDR2/DDR3 Addict

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    Borgod... sweet rig you have :)
     
  11. Borgod

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    Cheers :)
    Only taken me many months, dollars and broken/replacing parts to get this far!

    With all the clearance issues I have with my PA120.2 Im tempted to just ditch it and drive up the road and visit kayl again and see what he can do for me ;)

    Must. Resist.
     
  12. sskmercer

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    I'm most interested to see how this board goes with Quad in it, to see if it can pass 325fsb unlike other 680's out there.
     
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    DFI's 680i needs more time to tweak than the NV reference board,
    but DFI board can reach a higher score.BTW,
    I highly recommend that you add a 6cm fan to the NB heatsink,
    it works well in that way.
     
  14. doghouse

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    OK, so, should I buy one over the P35 boards? What version VRM does the DFI 680i use? I would hate to see it not support Penryn.
     
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    Penryn will not retail within the next 6 months. I guess until then there will be "second generation" P35 boards in the market. We don't even know for sure that all of the current P35 boards will run Penryn.
     
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    me too, can someone test this out?
     
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    I just want to run my 8800GTX's in SLI and b able to clock my Q6600 past 320fsb. I've seen other people with the chip get it to well over 3Ghz on air easily.

    All i'm aiming for is about 3.3Ghz.

    BTW great pics also.
     
  18. DRAGONKZ

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    I've had my board for around 2 weeks now, and so far no problems.

    No overclocking results from me yet as i havent got my Corsair CM2X1024-10000C5D yet :(
     
  19. Borgod

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    Well here are the first lot of pics of it all installed...

    Showing fan mounted on NB heatsink, and Thermalright HR-09 on PWM heatsink.
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Just how close the clearance is from the Radiator to this MB. The waterblock to fan blade clearance is less than 1mm
    [​IMG]

    Box
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    Getting it to 320x10 was no trouble at all. Prime stable 8hours.
    Now the hard work begins getting it higher.
     
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    Thanks for the Pics Borgod. Please do me 1 HUGE favour, can you atleast try 330fsb plus on whatever Multi, as this has been the problem for Quads on teh 680 boards, is that they limited to 320fsb no matter what multi you are running.

    Thanks
     

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