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It has been a while since we last did an in-depth test on DFI
LAN Party Motherboards. Their previous motherboard based on the Intel 975X chipset,
the DFI Infinity 975X offered great performance but had trouble keeping up with
the rest of the pack in terms of overclocking of the Front Side Bus Speed, a
very important aspect of a motherboard for the Intel Core 2 Duo overclockers
with the locked and low multipliers of the CPUs. A few days ago, we were very
fortunate to have an early sample of their latest Intel platform Motherboard
shipped to us, the DFI LAN Party NF590 SLI Intel Edition, based on the NVIDIA
NF590 SLI chipset.

It has been a while since we last did an in-depth test on DFI
LAN Party Motherboards. Their previous motherboard based on the Intel 975X chipset,
the DFI Infinity 975X offered great performance but had trouble keeping up with
the rest of the pack in terms of overclocking of the Front Side Bus Speed, a
very important aspect of a motherboard for the Intel Core 2 Duo overclockers
with the locked and low multipliers of the CPUs. A few days ago, we were very
fortunate to have an early sample of their latest Intel platform Motherboard
shipped to us, the DFI LAN Party NF590 SLI Intel Edition, based on the NVIDIA
NF590 SLI chipset. I must admit this is one board I have been waiting for quite
a while.

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33 DFI LAN Party NF590 SLI Intel Early Sample Test

A pretty trademark Neon colored LAN Party board, but the slots
come in a nice bright flamy orange color instead of the usual Yellow colored
slots.

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1 PCIE 1x slot and 1 PCIE 4x slot lie between the 2 PCIE x16
slots, which can utilise full x16 bandwidth for both slots at the same time
thanks to the nForce Northbridge and Southbridge. Between the 2 PCIE x16 slots
and a little to the right lies the nForce South Bridge. The CMOS and the CMOS
battery are right next to each other and the vital jumpers such as Clear CMOS
and CMOS Reloaded jumpers are packed in an easy to access spot. At the bottom
of the board is the Diagnostic LED panel which is helpful during troubleshooting
situations. And of course the onboard Power and Reset Switch for the convenience
of people who run caseless setups such as me.

 

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The beauty of the new generation of the LAN Party boards lie
in their SATA ports placement which does away with the untidy SATA cables running
in and out of the board, being stacked and facing outwards.