85 DFI LAN Party UT NF590 SLI M2R/G Review

Construction of three DFI LAN Party Motherboards started around
the same time, NF590 SLI Intel, NF590 SLI AM2, and RD600 CFX Intel. The NF590
Intel
was scrapped just before they hit the shelves, and the RD600 CFX seems
to be taking it’s time in coming. What’s available on the shelves right now
is the sole Musketeer: DFI LAN Party UT NF590 SLI-M2R/G, based on the AMD AM2 socket with DDRII support. Scanned through and
pit against a towering opponent at VR-Zone…

Construction of three DFI LAN Party Motherboards started around
the same time, NF590 SLI Intel, NF590 SLI AM2, and RD600 CFX Intel. The NF590
Intel
was scrapped just before they hit the shelves, and the RD600 CFX seems
to be taking it’s time in coming. What’s available on the shelves right now
is the sole Musketeer: DFI LAN Party UT NF590 SLI-M2R/G. Scanned through and
pit against a towering opponent at VR-Zone…

 

66 DFI LAN Party UT NF590 SLI M2R/G Review

A Box in the same green as with the DFI nF4 Expert Motherboard

 

67 DFI LAN Party UT NF590 SLI M2R/G Review

A Huge Fan-pleasing Sticker bundled with the motherboard

 

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class=11t_b>   class=11w_black>CPU
  • AMD® Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 X2 / Athlon 64
  • Socket AM2
  • 2000MT/s HyperTransport interface
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    class=11t_b>   class=11w_black>Chipset
  • NVIDIA nForce® 590 SLI MCP - Northbridge: NVIDIA® C51XE - Southbridge: NVIDIA® MCP55PXE
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    class=11t_b>   class=11w_black>Memory
  • Four 240-pin DDR2 DIMM sockets
  • Supports DDR2 533, DDR2 667 and DDR2 800 DIMMs
  • Supports dual channel (128-bit wide) memory interface
  • Supports up to 4GB system memory
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    class=11t_b>   class=11w_black>Expansion Slots
  • 2 PCI Express x16 slots - In SLI or Normal mode, each slot operates at full speed x16 lanes. - Use identical SLI-ready PCI Express x16 graphics cards
  • 1 PCI Express x1 slot
  • 1 PCI Express x8 slot
  • 3 PCI slots
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    class=11t_b>   class=11w_black>BIOS
  • Award BIOS
  • CMOS Reloaded
  • CPU/DRAM overclocking
  • CPU/DRAM/Chipset overvoltage
  • 4Mbit flash memory
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    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-LAN
  • RTC timer to power-on the system
  • AC power failure recovery
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    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
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    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
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    class=11t_b>   class=11w_black>LAN
  • NVIDIA® MCP55PXE integrated with Gigabit MAC (Media Access Control) technology
  • Two Vitesse VSC8601 Gigabit Phy chips
  • Fully compliant to IEEE 802.3 (10BASE-T), 802.3u (100BASE-TX) and 802.3ab (1000BASE-T) standards
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    class=11t_b>   class=11w_black>IDE
  • One IDE connector allows connecting up to two UltraDMA 133Mbps hard drives
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    class=11t_b>   class=11w_black>Serial ATA with RAID
  • Six Serial ATA ports supported by NVIDIA® MCP55PXE - SATA speed up to 3Gb/s - RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1 and RAID 5
  • Two Serial ATA ports supported by Silicon Image SiI 3132 - SATA speed up to 3Gb/s - RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 0+1
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    class=11t_b>   class=11w_black>IEEE 1394
  • VIA VT6307
  • Supports two 100/200/400 Mb/sec ports
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    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
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    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
  • 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)
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    class=11t_b>   class=11w_black>PCB
  • ATX form factor
  • 24cm (9.45") x 30.5cm (12")
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