24 DFI LAN Party UT ICFX3200 T2R/G   RD600 Motherboard Review

Finally, the ex-ATi RD600 chipset for the Intel platform is available for users
after being seen on it’s reference motherboard 6 months ago, showing itself
at technology Conferences etc, but never making it to the retail shelves. This,
now coined as AMD 580x chipset after the AMD/ATi acquisition, manifests itself
for the first time on the DFI LAN Party UT ICFX3200-T2R/G. Join me in this Christmas Review as I try to roll a motherboard review, chipset comparision and an overclocking guide all into one article.

Finally, the ex-ATi RD600 chipset for the Intel platform is available for users
after being seen on it’s reference motherboard 6 months ago, showing itself
at technology Conferences etc, but never making it to the retail shelves. This,
now coined as AMD 580x chipset after the AMD/ATi acquisition, manifests itself
for the first time on the DFI LAN Party UT ICFX3200-T2R/G:

1 DFI LAN Party UT ICFX3200 T2R/G   RD600 Motherboard Review

As many of us know, the DFI LAN Party series is targeted at the enthusiast
gamers and overclockers’ crowd. This board is no exception, as you can even
see on the box itself.

2 DFI LAN Party UT ICFX3200 T2R/G   RD600 Motherboard Review

Intel Core 2 support, up to the Quad Cores.

 

3 DFI LAN Party UT ICFX3200 T2R/G   RD600 Motherboard Review

4 DFI LAN Party UT ICFX3200 T2R/G   RD600 Motherboard Review

The accessories is nothing over the top, the Driver CD, IDE
+ Floppy cables, SATA Raid diskette, SATA cables and power connectors, I/O plate,
manual and the Karajan Audio plug-in module.

 

Full specs of the motherboard:

border=0
cellPadding=0 cellSpacing=0 borderColor=#95cde8 bgColor=#cccccc>
class=11t_b>   class=11w_black>CPU
  • LGA 775 socket for: - Intel Core2 Quad, Intel Core2 Extreme, Intel Core2 Duo, Intel Pentium D or Intel Pentium 4
  • Supports Intel Enhanced Memory 64 Technology (EMT64T)
  • Supports Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST)
  • Supports Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
  • Supports 1066/800MHz FSB
  • height=10>
    class=11t_b>   class=11w_black>Chipset
  • ATI chipset - Northbridge: ATI RD600 - Southbridge: ATI SB600
  • height=10>
    class=11t_b>   class=11w_black>Memory
  • Four 240-pin DDR2 DIMM sockets
  • Supports DDR2 667 and DDR2 800 DIMMs
  • Supports dual channel (128-bit wide) memory interface
  • Supports up to 8GB system memory
  • height=10>
    class=11t_b>   class=11w_black>BIOS
  • Award BIOS
  • CMOS Reloaded
  • CPU/DRAM overclocking
  • CPU/DRAM/Chipset overvoltage
  • 8Mbit flash memory
  • height=10>
    class=11t_b>   class=11w_black>Power Management
  • ACPI and OS Directed Power Management
  • ACPI STR (Suspend to RAM) function
  • Wake-On-PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse
  • Wake-On-USB Keyboard/Mouse
  • Wake-On-Ring
  • Wake-On-LAN
  • RTC timer to power-on the system
  • AC power failure recovery
  • height=10>
    class=11t_b>   class=11w_black>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
  • height=10>
    class=11t_b>   class=11w_black>Audio
  • Karajan audio module - Realtek ALC885 8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC - 6 audio jacks - 1 CD-in connector - 1 front audio connector
  • DAC SNR/ADC SNR of 106dB/101dB
  • Full-rate lossless content protection technology
  • S/PDIF-in/out interface
  • height=10>
    class=11t_b>   class=11w_black>LAN
  • Marvell 88E8052 and Marvell 88E8053 Gigabit PCIE LAN
  • Fully compliant to IEEE 802.3 (10BASE-T), 802.3u (100BASE-TX) and 802.3ab (1000BASE-T) standards
  • height=10>
    class=11t_b>   class=11w_black>IDE
  • Supports one IDE connector that allows connecting up to two UltraDMA 133Mbps hard drives
  • height=10>
    class=11t_b>   class=11w_black>Serial ATA with RAID
  • Four Serial ATA ports supported by ATI SB600 - SATA speed up to 3Gb/s - RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 0+1
  • Four Serial ATA ports supported by Promise PDC40719 - SATA speed up to 3Gb/s - RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1 and RAID 5
  • height=10>
    class=11t_b>   class=11w_black>IEEE 1394
  • VIA VT6307
  • Supports two 100/200/400 Mb/sec ports
  • height=10>
    class=11t_b>   class=11w_black>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
  • height=10>
    class=11t_b>   class=11w_black>I/O Connectors
  • 2 connectors for 4 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
  • 1 IDE connector
  • 1 floppy connector
  • 1 24-pin ATX power connector
  • 1 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 2 4-pin 5V/12V power connectors (FDD type)
  • 1 front panel connector
  • 6 fan connectors
  • 1 diagnostic LED
  • EZ touch switches (power switch and reset switch)
  • height=10>
    class=11t_b>   class=11w_black>Expansion Slots
  • 3 PCI Express x16 slots for ATI CrossFire and ATI Physics 2+1 Configuration (2 Graphics + 1 Physics) - 2 ATI CrossFire graphics cards (each operates at x8 bandwidth). - 1 ATI Physics graphics card operates at x2 bandwidth.
  • 3 PCI slots
  • height=10>
    class=11t_b>   class=11w_black>PCB
  • ATX form factor
  • 24cm (9.45") x 30.5cm (12")