With the help of my contact, I was able to acquire a very cheap
motherboard to plant this Budget setup on: the DFI Infinity NF Ultra-II
M2 based on the AMD AM2 socket with DDR2 support. This board goes around
for the price of USD$ 90/USD$ 145, a really sweet deal for what it offers.. and
a steal for what it “can” offer as we will see shortly.
Yes as you can see I was having a little fun setting up his
gaming rig, running a simple Vostok watercooling kit on the AMD 4200+ X2 CPU.
Why, Because I plan to try out some overclocking on this budget motherboard.
Now this Infinity Motherboard is so similar to the DFI LAN Party NF4 Ultra Motherboard
based on Socket 939, which I and many others are very familiar with. So I ripped
off the chipset heatsink fan covering the NF4 Ultra chipset and find it akin
to the NF4 Ultra chipset on the LP 939 board. With a simple conductive pen job,
I enabled SLI function on this bargain board! Like with the LAN Party Board,
shift the 6 bulky jumpers below PCIE slot 1 down to switch to PCIE x8 x8 for SLI running.
Tests were compared to an Inno3D 7300GT 128MB GDDR3 card which
costs USD$ 25/SGD$ 40 lesser.
The Inno3D 7300GT 128MB DDR3 is factory-clocked at the exact
same frequency of 500MHz Core, 700MHz Memory as the 256MB version.
SLI Tests were also conducted, and compared with and without
the SLI Bridge attached:
Gaming Tests were ran at default Image Quality settings that
come with the NVIDIA 91.31 Forceware Drivers:
7300GT 256MB SLI