Conclusion: When the time came for DFI's NFII Ultra Infinity to face a round of royal MBReview punishment, the motherboard did not experience one single hiccup, freeze or crash throughout the entire time of normal use, benchmarking or torture testing. This motherboard is completely solid in operation. But, when the time came to strap on the NFII Ultra Infinity to the MBReview test bench, it sure was a headache.
Summary: Even though AMD is not going to release any new Socket A processors, the mainboards for this platform continue coming out. Today we are going to talk about the second generation mainboard based on nForce2 400 Ultra from DFI.
Pros: Good performance at nominal frequencies;, Stylish exterior;, Rich accessories;, SerialATA RAID controller supporting up to four HDDs;, Gigabit network controller;, Numerous I/O ports.
Cons: High price (about $120-130);, Some issues about the PCB design;, You may find it difficult to install a massive CPU cooler;, Poor overclockability;, Insufficient protection against CPU overheating.
nForce2 Ultra 400 Shootout: ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe vs DFI LANPARTY NFII Ultra B
21 January 2004
Conclusion: Hopefully based on what you’ve seen so far, you’ve already got an idea of which motherboard is best for your particular needs. Both motherboards are very high-end products, with high-end features such as DualNet, Serial ATA, and Gigabit networking functionality, so you’ll definitely be served well by either product. But there are a few subtle differences. From a features perspective, DFI’s LANPARTY NFII Ultra B has a few good things going for it.
Summary: The LANParty NFII Ultra is just becoming available online at a street price of about $170, but only a handful of retailers has the board listed yet. The LANParty KT400A, on the other hand, is widely available for about $140. Overall, the features and bundles included with each board are impressive, especially for anyone who actually lugs a PC back and forth from LAN parties on a regular basis. But is the LANParty NFII Ultra worth the extra $30?