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DFIs Auto Boost System (ABS) Investigated - The Board

Today Shane checks out DFIs ABS or Anti-lock Braking System..err..Auto Boost System.

| Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Sep 22, 2008 4:00 am

The Board

 

While there are a number of boards that support the ABS system, the board of choice for us today is the recently released LANParty JR P45-T2RS which looks to quickly become the mATX board of choice for anyone who wants a serious performing machine on the go.

 

DFIs Auto Boost System Investigated

 

Of course, being of the mATX design we're not packed to the brim with expandability, but DFI seem to have done an excellent job in giving us as much as possible. Along with a PCI-E 1x slot and PCI slot we have two PCI-E 16x slots that run at 8x each thanks to the board being based on the P45 chipset.

 

While it's not perfect, it's one of, if not the best setup we've had to date for anyone who wants a serious mATX rig. Also included is a single IDE and Floppy connector and our four DDR2 ram slots across the top.

 

DFIs Auto Boost System Investigated

 

DFI have also managed to pack six SATA ports onto the board with the help of the ICH10R. The decision to also go with the 90c angle is simply fantastic as well, this due to the fact that if you use a really long card you would lose the ability to use all the ports if they where angled in the typical way.

 

Around this area we also have our headers for the front of your case along with a power and reset button to make powering the board on and off easily in the event that it's sitting out in the open.

 

DFIs Auto Boost System Investigated

 

As for cooling, like the rest of the board it's not the best we've seen on a motherboard, but it's the best we've seen on an mATX one. The Mosfets and Northbridge are cooled with two heatsinks and a heat pipe. A fan can be attached to the Northbridge cooler or it can be replaced without losing the heat pipe.

 

DFIs Auto Boost System Investigated

 

When it comes to the I/O side of things we continue to see everything we need. 6x USB 2.0 ports, S/PDIF and optical out, two PS/2 connectors, single network port, audio out ports along with a jumper that lets you reset the BIOS without having to go into the case.

 

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