Oasis for the LAN Party Fans: DFI nF590 SLI-M2R/G
It’s been quite a desert for a while for the LAN Party series fans with no new LP Motherboards out in the recent past few months. We see the oasis on the horizon today- DFI LAN Party nF590 SLI-M2R/G based on the AMD AM2 socket and NVIDIA 590 SLI chipset with DDR2 support.
A Box in the same green as with the DFI nF4 Expert Motherboard
A Huge Fan-pleasing Sticker bundled with the motherboard
This board is quite highly anticipated not just because of the LAN Party brand name, but also largely due to it’s extremely well-designed layout.
The NVIDIA nF590 SLI chipset and SPP chipset are placed at the lower part of the board right next to each other. Here is also where you find the LED Diagnostic panel is, and the convenient power and reset buttons.
This is one of the very well received aspect of the board, the 6 SATA ports are placed facing the side, 3 stacked on each row. This arrangement provides a neater way of setting up the system without SATA cables running in and out different parts of the board. Right next to these is the Floppy connector.
At the upper right pf the board lies the IDE Connector and 2 more SATA connectors adjacent to the BIOS chip. The 8 pin +12v EPS power connector and the ATX power connector is also located here.
One of the highlight of this board is that it’s the first DFI board using a digital PWM, regulated by Volterra VT1115 regulator chip. This takes away the need for big capacitors lined up around the socket, with just SMD capacitors to do the job.
Mandatory to DFI LAN Partyy boards, the Floppy power connector above the PCIE 1 slot enhances power capacity for the board.
The PCIE 1x slot and 4x slot are sandwiched between the 2 x16 slots.
At the back of the board we see a signifcantly larger amount of SMD components as compared to previous LAN Party boards.
Particularly so crowded behind the nF590 SLI chipset.
Instead of the traditional yellow back plate with LAN Party boards, this board comes with a grey backplate.
The nForce 590 SLI chipset and the NForce SPP chipset.
The nForce SPP chipset heatsink is but aluminum coated in copperish red color, but the nForce 590 SLI chipset is cooled by a very well-polished copper heatsink fan assembly with a rather wide base to spread the heat.
DFI has renewed it’s covenant with its fans and we shall see if this board lives up to the anticipation. It only needs to be as good as it’s DDR-based predecessors to strike gold.