Motherboard: DFI LANPARTY NFII Ultra Review :: Conclusion

10-07-2003 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

DFI really went all out with this board. Supporting virtually every feature that you could conceivably want from a AMD Athlon motherboard today, DFI gets high props for the packaging, featureset, and bundle. Too often, manufacturers skimp on the USB ports. Many nForce2 boards only come with 2 USB 2.0 ports on the back of the board, requiring a cable to enable 4 or 6 ports. DFI not only gives you 6 ports, it gives the option of using 2 of the ports on the FRONTX accessory!

Performance has been exemplary. As the nForce2 chipset is currently the fastest chipset available for AMD Athlon CPUs, this board is only very slightly differentiated from the other boards. As the board supports 400 MHz FSB Athlon+ XPs, you can use the fastest available CPUs with this board. Of course, with AMD soon announcing a new CPU based upon their Athlon 64 processors, it might behoove you to wait till then to see what to upgrade to.

For it's intended audience, DFI has delivered in a big way. If I have a complaint about their intended audience it's that the cost of this board is slightly higher than other boards based upon this chipset. However, the premium is worth it in my opinion. I would recommend this board for anyone looking for a Athlon chipset. Not only is it faster than the competition, it's also an excellent value.

If I was to buy an nForce2 motherboard today, I would probably have to pick the Asus A7N8x Deluxe 2.0, slightly favoring it because Asus made it and I don't honestly have a lot of experience with DFI motherboards. The DFI board does however do the job well and performs on par with other boards that also utilize the nForce2 Ultra 400 chipset making it a solid competitor for that platform. The carrying case made my life a lot easier by itself by enabling me to easily transport my system.