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DFI LANPARTY "B" Canterwood and Springdale - Head to Head - Conclusion

We've got two very capable Pentium 4 based chipsets under the spotlight today from Intel based on DFI's new line of LANPARTY "B" motherboards for the enthusiast. We compare the more expensive Canterwood to the cut-down Springdale chipset but tweaked up by DFI. The results may surprise!

| Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Dec 3, 2003 5:00 am

Conclusion

 

Well there we have it. Just as I suspected, Springdale has come a long way in recent months, although I must say I certainly wasn't expecting it to perform as closely to the 875 as it did. Also keep in mind that aside from the overclocked benchmark results, the Springdale motherboard's "Super Patch" feature was disabled throughout. At the end of the day, as far as these two motherboards go the difference in performance goes almost unnoticed. Big thumbs up to the 865PE for keeping up with its big brother, and in a few cases, taking the lead.

 

As far as DFI goes, what they have given us is a full blown package with plenty of goodies to play with, none of which are out of place or useless (aside from the comment made on the Front-X earlier), particularly for enthusiasts which is where the LANPARTY range are aimed solely at. I myself have never come across such a wide range of features within a single motherboard package until now.

 

The motherboards themselves would no doubt have the most appealing aesthetics I've come across to date. The UV reactive areas produce a sensational effect inside a windowed case, not to mention the UV reactive rounded cables of which top it all off. As far as stability goes, not once did either motherboard miss a beat. During both our stock and overclocked tests everything was set for smooth sailing.

 

In terms of the cost involved in picking up one of the LANPARTY packages, you will be shelling out a few more bucks over the usual deal, but DFI made sure that you really do get what you pay for.

 

The only downside to all of this with both motherboards? Overclocking potential! I'd like to blame the RAM or some other outside factor, but I really can't see this as being the case. Perhaps others will have better luck but unfortunately I have to base my opinion off the results of the tests here in our lab.

 

Without ending this on a sour note, especially because I really REALLY like these motherboards, I have to once again point out just how impressed I was with the Springdale board in that it had no troubles performing right up to speed with the Canterwood. Up until now, any comparisons I've experienced between the two chipsets were easily distinguished. The fact that the 865PE is somewhat cheaper then the Pro 875B only highlights the obvious choice between the two as far as I'm concerned.

 

865PE

 

- Pros

 

Excellent Bundle

 

Awesome board aesthetics & features

 

Performance right up there with Canterwood irrespective of "Super Patch"

 

Stable

 

CMOS Reloaded

 

EZ ON/EZ TOUCH Buttons

 

- Cons

 

Poor Overclocking Results

 

No CSA LAN

 

Rating - 8.5 out of 10 and TweakTown's Best Performance Award

 

 

875B

 

- Pros

 

Excellent Bundle

 

Awesome board aesthetics

 

Mixture of PATA & SATA RAID

 

Stable

 

CMOS Reloaded

 

EZ ON/EZ TOUCH Buttons

 

- Cons

 

Poor Overclocking Results

 

No Firewire

 

Rating - 8 out of 10

 

 

 

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