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nF4 SLI-DR vs nF4 SLI-DR vs nF4 SLI-D differences?

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what are the differences between these three motherboards?

 

http://us.dfi.com.tw/Product/xx_product_sp...TYPE=LP&SITE=US

http://us.dfi.com.tw/Product/xx_product_sp...TYPE=LP&SITE=US

http://us.dfi.com.tw/Product/xx_product_sp...TYPE=LP&SITE=US

 

I look at their specs and doesnt see any difference. Am i missing something?

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Hello,

 

UT = you will not get the frontX panel (front USB panel for case with Diagnostic LEDs)

 

non-UT = you will get this http://us.dfi.com.tw/Upload/Product_Picture/FrontX_all1.jpg

 

D = Only get nvidia SATA2 controller (supports 4 SATA2 drives)

 

DR = Nvidia SATA2 controller + Silicon Image SATA1 controller (supports an extra 4 SATA1 drives)

 

SLi = Features the nF4 SLi chipset, can run 2 nvidia SLi cards in SLi mode.

 

Ultra = Features the nF4 ultra chipset, same as SLi but cannot run in SLi mode

 

non-Ultra = Same as Ultra chipset but does not feature SATA2 and nvidia's Active Armour feature in the NV firewall

 

 

You linked to the following boards,

- DFI LANPARTY nF4 SLI-DR

- DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 SLI-DR

- DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 SLI-D

 

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Thanks for the information. This should be sticky somewhere to help people when comparing boards.

 

for the "D" model, can the nvidia SATA2 controller run SATA1 drive?

 

for the "DR" model, you will have a total of 8 SATA ports (4 SATA1 and 4 SATA2)?

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Thanks for the information. This should be sticky somewhere to help people when comparing boards.

 

for the "D" model, can the nvidia SATA2 controller run SATA1 drive?

Yes, any SATA2 controller will support SATA1 drives.

It is just like an ATA133 IDE controller, backwards compatible with ATA66.

 

 

for the "DR" model, you will have a total of 8 SATA ports (4 SATA1 and 4 SATA2)?
Yes.

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Whats the difference between:

 

DFI NF4 SLI-DR

DFI Lanparty SLI-DR Expert

 

Im not sure if i have the exact name right but you guys will get what I mean. Which one is better?

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The Expert is newer and better, it is different in a few ways which I don't feel like saying. Pci-e slots are further apart, uses that 8pin power thing instead of that 4pin one and stuff.

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I see that the layout has been completely redone. Maybe it's me, but from screen shots, it looks like the Expert has way more tweakable BIOS options.

 

Not sure of Monarch COmputers is reputable, but its around $200 there for the Expert, whichis also the same price as the nF4 SLI-DR (non-UT). Same price as Newegg (but Newegg does not offer the Expert). I guess it's anyone's choice. I may go for the Expert over the non-UT nF4 SLI-DR if the price is the same.

 

I am worried about where the CPU slot is moved to, though - the Thermalright XP-90 overhangs a bit over the RAM on a traditional layout, but not so on the Expert. Also, for cases with a side fan and duct, the duct and fan combo won't be over the CPU area, since it moved forward.

 

Edit: hmm... may be a good thing - HSF cools CPU, side fan/duct cools memory....

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