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DFI LANParty nForce2 Ultra
Looks and Performance That Can Kill

By, Tom Laverriere
September 1, 2003

 

 

We'll wrap it up with a benchmark round from Unreal Tournament 2003.  We utilized a simple benchmark script that does "Fly By" demos on the Antalus, Asbestos and Citadel levels.  We set the resolution to 640X480, so as to take as much of the workload off the GeForce FX5200 Ultra as possible and place it on CPU and system bandwidth.

Unreal Tournament 2003
DirectX 8 Gaming Performance

 

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The two motherboards are pretty much neck and neck in the Unreal Tournament 2003 benchmark, as each claims a small lead in one level or another.  We think it's safe to say that these boards pretty much perform on par with each other.  However, this next generation nForce2 chipset obviously has a bit more room as far as overclocking goes, since its default settings are set to run at a 200MHz FSB.

 

DFI LANParty NFII Ultra Analysis:
Where do we start, when summing up the DFI LANParty NFII Ultra motherboard?  No matter which aspect you look at, the board is impressive.  Its bundle is loaded with everything you need to get this motherboard connected and into a case with a window, where it belongs.  A handful of other extras like the FrontX panel and the case transport make this package even more attractive. The aesthetics of this board are definitely interesting to say the least.  If LAN parties are what you're seeking, then this is the motherboard you want to be going with, you since it will draw envious onlookers and make the trip hassle free.  With its UV reactive slots and rounded cables to its black PCB, it's sure to impress and we like it because it breaks away from the typical motherboard mold. 

Performance of the LANParty NFII Ultra  is equal to and even slightly better in some instances, than other nForce2 boards we have tested.  Some people may ask, "why bother updgrading to the nForce2 Ultra chipset?  The performace seems to be the same, right?".  For the most part we could answer "Yes" to those questions, but what the nForce2 Ultra chipset gives you is the extra headroom for overclocking.  Additionally, since the Ultra version of the nForce2 chipset is running a default 400MHz FSB, it officially supports the latest 400MHz FSB "Barton" Athlon XP processors.  All this was proven by the final overclocks of both boards, where the DFI NF2 Ultra based board handedly beat out the Abit NF2 standard board.  The feature set and flexibility of options this motherboard brings to the table is perfect, for even the most hardcore enthusiast in the crowd.  Maybe the only small downfall to this package is that it comes in around $143 on various search engines.  However, even at that price this bundle is still a great value.  If you're in the market for an upgrade that can run all of today's software title's and take you into the future, then this motherboard deserves your attention.

 

  • Great overclocker

  • Fast and stable

  • Good value

  • SATA support

  • Variety of IDE RAID configurations

  • Dual LAN

  • Supports 200MHz FSB Athlon chips

  • Dual DDR400 support

  • USB 2.0 and IEEE 1394

  • Case Transport

  • Great looks and unique

  • FrontX Panel

  • Minor layout issues
  • No IEEE-1394a rear bracket
  • Only 1 SATA port

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