Motherboards

While they are still not known as a tier 1 player in the motherboard market, on par with the likes of MSI, Asus, or Gigabyte, DFI is a still a highly regarded name in many circles. DFI is one of the few companies in the market which are genuinely in tune with what overclockers and enthusiasts are interested in. Their LANParty series in particular has garnered piles of awards and is often used in many "extreme" overclocking projects due to the flexibility provided by their products. LANParty boards are flashy and over-the-top, but at their core, they have been solid through and through.... Read more...
DFI has earned a reputation over the last couple of years for producing feature-rich, enthusiast friendly motherboards.  DFI's decked out LANPARTY family of motherboards in particular has become known to many around the world as a family of products that cater to the unique needs of the enthusiast and overclocking communities. Today we present to you DFI's LANPARTY UT CFX3200-DR. Build around the CrossFire Xpress 3200 chipset and with a plethora of BIOS options and integrated peripherals, this board has "enthusiast" written all over it.  We'll... Read more...
Over the past year, DFI has made a name for itself with a crowd that is traditionally very hard to please.  A company that once built parts strictly for the OEM / white box folks, is now catering to the enthusiast and overclocking communities with a bold, feature laden line of motherboards.  DFI's "LANPARTY" products build upon their already solid reputation of producing reliable and stable motherboards, by incorporating a full compliment of overclocking and performance tweaking tools on motherboards that are designed to turn some heads.  With dark PCBs and UV reactive... Read more...
DFI LANParty NFII Ultra B vs. ABIT AN7 The Clash of the nForce2 Ultra's By: Tom Laverriere February 29, 2004       Fast, stable, feature-rich and affordable, these are just some of the words we have chosen historically, when speaking about NVIDIA's nForce2 chipset.  Over the past year we have seen quite a few of these motherboards come through the HotHardware labs and most lived up to our expectations surrounding this Athlon motherboard chipset technology.  When considering a motherboard sporting the nForce2 chipset, there usually isn't a lot to differentiate... Read more...
  DFI Infinity 865PE Motherboard Review DFI's Latest Intel Offering By: Jeff Bouton November 6th, 2003 Historically, DFI has focused more on developing basic motherboards strong on functionality and stability, leaving the flashy presentations and excessive bundles to motherboard manufacturers that cater to the enthusiast set.  But recently the company has undergone a bit of a metamorphosis, moving from bland to grand, with the release of their LAN Party line of motherboards, as well as their brown bag equivalents.  Clearly, DFI felt it was time to get into the mainstream arena and... Read more...
  DFI LANParty nForce2 Ultra Looks and Performance That Can Kill By, Tom Laverriere September 1, 2003 Routine, to some people, is perfectly acceptable.  Knowing what's going to happen at certain times of the day, every single day, is what puts them at ease.  Others believe change is good.  They're always trying to find a way to do something different, better, or faster.  These are the people that like not knowing what to expect and, rather, just react to what happens and make spur-of-the-moment decisions.  Is either approach better than the other?  Not necessarily,... Read more...
The DFI NB76-EA i845G Motherboard A Powerful Package Without a Premium Price... By, Robert Maloney July 1, 2002 Intel and AMD have been dueling it out for several iterations of CPU cores and the benefactor has always been the end user. The result is a new CPU seemingly hitting the shelves just as the old ones are being installed. When it comes to motherboard chipsets, however, Intel is considerably slower with their releases. While VIA, and to a lesser degree SiS, push out chipsets with cutting-edge technology at a feverish pace, Intel seems to be more relaxed in their approach, producing motherboards... Read more...
  The DFI AD73 RAID Motherboard Review Plain on the Outside, Powerful on the Inside By, Jeff Bouton April 18, 2002 When it comes to chipsets, VIA's KT266A has matured into what has undoubtedly become one of the most popular chipsets on the market today.  But this maturity didn't come without a few bumps along the way.  When we first saw glimpses of the original KT266, there was a lot of talk of major improvements in performance, but we soon found out that it wasn't the case.  As more people started using motherboards with the new chipset, VIA was plagued by increasing reports... Read more...
The DFI AK76 AMD 760 Mainboard Via and AMD...What a Combination! By Jeff Bouton 7/18/01   One of the more beneficial new technologies to appear in the last year is Double-Data Rate RAM.  The benefits of this technology has become widely known and as a result, widely adopted my most major motherboard and videocard manufacturers.  When it was initially introduced, price differences between standard SDRAM and DDR were fairly large.  However with recent price drops in the market, DDR has become a far more economical and widely adopted solution.  Allowing for superior performance... Read more...
The DFI AD70-SR Motherboard Review More KT266A Lovin' In The House! By, Jeff Bouton December 6, 2001   DFI has been long known for producing quality motherboards with great stability, but they usually lacked any innovative features.  With their latest release, the AD70-SR, DFI hopes to break with tradition.  Incorporating the high performing Via KT266A chipset, on-board RAID and overclocking feautres, the AD70-SR brings a decent amount of muscle to the table.  There is no doubt that the KT266A chipset has been getting a lot of praise these days with its top of the line performance,... Read more...
DFI's PC64 - Motherboard More i820 and RAMBUS action on the test-bench Intel's new i820 chipset is slowly being accepted and brought to market by various motherboard manufacturers.  It is obvious that this has been a pains taking process for the Motherboard Vendors in the market, as release dates for many of the major players have slipped due to compatibility and stability issues.  DFI is one of the few motherboard vendors to release a full i820/RAMBUS implementation.  This is our first look ever at a DFI product, here at Hot Hardware.  What did we think?  That's why you... Read more...
DFI's CS60-EC i815EP Motherboard A little less is more... By Jeff Bouton March 22, 2001 With the technology markets taking a beating in recent months, it will become more evident who the major players are in the technology world and who isn?t.  Competition will become as fierce as ever, pushing companies to increase quality and reliability, while reducing costs.  One of the companies that is doing just that is Taiwan based DFI.  When thinking of leading manufacturers of quality motherboards incorporating chipsets from Intel, AMD and Via, usually names like Asus and Abit come to mind. ... Read more...
Preparing For a Dual-Processor PC Know what you're getting into... By, Marco ?BigWop? Chiappetta 1 / 11 / 2001    Hello Folks.  Today we?re doing something a little different here on H.H.  We normally focus on straightforward hardware reviews but while working on my most recent project?a review of the Abit VP6?I hit a little speed bump.  As most of you probably know by now, the VP6 is Abit?s newest Dual-Processor motherboard.  Last week I sat down to install our review board and about an hour into checking it out my system went dead.  I had killed my power supply! ... Read more...