15 DFI LAN Party CFX3200 DR Review + BIOS Guide

The DFI LAN Party CFX3200 DR is the second motherboard based
on the ATI CrossFire CFX3200 chipset which offers the latest technological feature
such as dual x16 PCI Express Lane capability relying on just one chipset. Like
the ASUS A8R32 MVP Deluxe we have reviewed just a short while ago, it utilizes
the ULI M1575 Southbridge. We take a look at what this board offers in terms
of performance, features and overclockability.

The DFI LAN Party CFX3200 DR is the second motherboard based
on the ATI CrossFire CFX3200 chipset which offers the latest technological feature
such as dual x16 PCI Express Lane capability relying on just one chipset. Like
the ASUS A8R32 MVP Deluxe we have reviewed just a short while ago, it utilizes
the ULI M1575 Southbridge. We take a look at what this board offers in terms
of performance, features and overclockability.

11 DFI LAN Party CFX3200 DR Review + BIOS Guide

Here are the specifications of this latest addition to DFI’s
LAN Party series… and probably a latest addition to the DFI fans’ board collection:

CPU
Support

AMD Athlon 64 X2 / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 / Sempron
Socket 939

Memory
Support

Four 184-pin DDR SDRAM DIMM sockets
Supports dual channel (128-bit wide) memory interface
Supports up to 4GB system memory
Supports PC2100 (DDR266), PC2700 (DDR333) and PC3200 (DDR400) DDR
SDRAM DIMM

Chipset – North bridge: ATI CrossFire CFX3200
– South bridge: ULI M1575
Audio

Karajan audio module
– Realtek ALC882 8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC
– 6 audio jacks
– 1 CD-in connector
– 1 front audio connector
S/PDIF-in/out interface

Expansion
Slots

2 PCI Express x16 slots
– CrossFire mode: Each x16 slot operates at x16 bandwidth.
– Single VGA mode: Each x16 slot operates at x16 bandwidth.
2 PCI Express x1 slots
3 PCI slots

Storage/RAIDSupports 2 IDE connectors that allows connecting up to 4 UltraDMA
133Mbps hard drives

Serial ATA with RAID
Four Serial ATA ports supported by the ULI M1575 chip
– SATA speed up to 3Gb/s
– RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1 and JBOD
Four Serial ATA ports supported by the Silicon Image Sil 3114 chip
– SATA speed up to 1.5Gb/s
– RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1 and RAID 5

 

NetworkingDual Gigabit LAN – Marvell 88E8052 and Marvell 88E8053 Gigabit PCI
LAN
Fully compliant to IEEE 802.3 (10BASE-T), 802.3u (100BASE-TX) and 802.3ab
(1000BASE-T) standards
IEEE 1394

VIA VT6307
Supports two 100/200/400 Mb/sec ports

Rear
Panel I/O Ports

1 mini-DIN-6 PS/2 mouse port
1 mini-DIN-6 PS/2 keyboard port
2 S/PDIF RCA jacks (S/PDIF-in and S/PDIF-out)
Karajan audio module (6 audio jacks)
1 IEEE 1394 port
2 RJ45 LAN ports
6 USB 2.0/1.1 ports

I/O Connectors1 connector for 2 additional external USB 2.0/1.1 ports
1 connector for 1 external IEEE 1394 port
1 connector for 1 external serial port
1 connector for the Karajan audio module
1 front audio connector for external line-out and mic-in jacks (on the
Karajan audio module)
1 CD-in internal audio connector (on the Karajan audio module)
1 S/PDIF connector for optical cable connection
1 IrDA connector
1 CIR connector
8 Serial ATA connectors
2 IDE connectors
1 90o floppy connector
1 24-pin ATX power connector
1 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 4-pin 5V/12V power connector (FDD type)
1 front panel connector
5 fan connectors
1 Debug LED
EZ touch switches (power switch and reset switch)
BIOSAward BIOS
CMOS Reloaded
CPU/DRAM overclocking
CPU/DRAM/Chipset overvoltage
4Mbit flash memory
Hardware
Monitor
Monitors CPU/system/chipset temperature
Monitors 12V/5V/3.3V/Vcore/Vbat/5Vsb/Vdimm/Vchip voltages
Monitors the speed of the cooling fans
CPU Overheat Protection function monitors CPU temperature during system
boot-up
Form Factor

ATX form factor
24cm (9.45″) x 30.5cm (12″)

Before you go on reading, please note that this is a rather long review in order to provide a more comprehensive look at the board. Readers may want to skip to the parts they are interested in through the content page selection.