nForce 590SLI Test Board
Our test board for the nForce 590SLI chipset is DFI's brand new NF590 SLI-M2R/G Lanparty motherboard.
We are skipping a few of our normal review parts this time as we are doing more of a chipset than board review. We will be discussing the features of each board as this will show what each is aimed for. The DFI Lanparty 590 board uses a full sized ATX layout and does a good job on placement of connectors.
DFI's placement of the power connectors is extremely efficient. They are located on the upper right of the board behind one of the many heatsinks that are placed on the board to keep the onboard components cool. There is only a single IDE channel on the board and a single FDD connector, the FDD connector is placed 90 degree to the board.
The CPU socket is extremely clean. DFI uses a 4 phase power supply for the CPU with large heatsinks cooling the voltage Mosfets.
The DDR-2 DIMM sockets are located beside the CPU socket and between the rear I/O ports. They are coloured orange for Channel 2 and yellow for Channel 1. These also glow under U/V lighting.
The rear I/O panel is unique to DFI and a very good layout indeed. You have two PS/2 ports for keyboard and mouse, beside them are a yellow and a red RCA jack. These control SPDIF in and out. The blank section is for adding in the additional onboard audio module that DFI supplies with the board, when this is added you end up with 6 stereo audio ports. Lastly are three USB stacks with two USB ports per stack and a feature on each one, the first has a Firewire port and the last two have Ethernet connectors.
Now we get onto the expansion slots. DFI has a veritable arrangement of slots. First off there are two PCI Express x16 slots for SLI graphics. Being based on the nForce 590SLI, these are full-speed x16 slots, not cut down to x8. Next there is a PCI Express x4 slot just below the first PCI Express x16 slot. Next is a PCI Express x8 slot below the PCI Express x4 slot. Lastly there are three PCI slots for legacy cards.