DFI LANPARTY LGA775 Showcase: The 925X-T2 & 875P-T
Summary & Conclusion
Benchmark Summary: Both the DFI LANPARTY 925X-T2 and LANPARTY 875P-T performed very well throughout our battery of tests. Each board had its share of benchmark victories, but the 925X-T2, thanks to its chipset, use of higher-clocked DDR2 RAM, and its PCI Express interface, was the "faster" board overall. The 875P-T, however, is a great performer as well. It kept pace with the more advanced 925X-T2 and it outran a similarly equipped board in the majority of tests.
DFI LANPARTY 925X-T2:
DFI's LANPARTY 925X-T2 should be considered among of the best Intel 925X motherboards on the market. DFI has done a great job with this board, equipping it with an excellent BIOS, a plethora of useful integrated features and an impressive accessory bundle. The 925X-T2 is also quite a "looker" in our opinion, and it's very overclocker friendly. About the only thing some potential buyers might be turned off by is the relatively high price tag. The DFI LANPARTY 925X-T2 is currently selling for about $200 on-line, which make it one of the more expensive 925X based motherboards presently available. Couple that with the fact that new memory and a video card would likely need to be purchased as well, and upgrading to a board like this becomes a significant investment. New system builders, however, would be well served by the LANPARTY 925X-T2. If you're in the market for a Pentium 4, this motherboard should definitely be on your short list. We'd also like to note that we've been using the DFI LANPARTY 925X-T2 for PCI Express graphics card testing for the last few weeks and have had zero compatibility problems with about 8 different cards. This is a top-notch motherboard. We're giving the DFI LANPARTY a 9 on the Heat Meter...
DFI LANPARTY 875P-T:
The LANPARTY 875P-T is also a very well designed motherboard, that should more than satisfy a very large portion of market. As we mentioned in the 925X-T2's conclusion, upgrading to a 925 chipset based motherboard and an LGA775 processor will likely mean a new video card and DDR2 RAM are in your future as well. Should you already own some fast DDR1 RAM and a decent video card though, there's no need to upgrade your entire system with the LANPARTY 875P-T. Your current video card and memory will do just fine, which we think will be appealing to many enthusiasts. And like the 925X-T2, the LANPARTY 875P-T is also equipped with an excellent BIOS and an the same outstanding accessory bundle. The 925X-T2 has superior integrated audio and dual-gigabit ethernet, but other than that the 875P-T is every bit as feature rich. And at about $175 on-line, the LANPARTY 875P-T is approximately 22% cheaper than the 925X-T. We're giving the 875P-T a solid 8.5 on the Heat Meter.