For a lower end overclocking board, this board really pulls the power. DFI have actually gotten extra power out of the i845D that ASUS failed to do. As we can see throughout the benchmarks, the DFI motherboard maintained a rather good lead; especially in the memory benchmark department. While we saw some sagging benchmarks on our first i845D board, we have seen that DFI has been able to eliminate these with good DDR optimization. While supporting DDR SDRAM, Intel is still pushing for RDRAM chipset boards. With this policy, the DDR SDRAM solution has been crippled with supporting a maximum of 4-bank or 2 DDR DIMM slots. While able to support up to 2GB of memory, it is hard if not impossible to come by 1GB modules at the moment. Adding another two memory banks or allowing 3 DIMM sockets (like the SiS 645 and ALi's P4 solutions) would see better support take up over the alternative P4 platform solutions. While we have seen some P4 i845D boards with three DDR DIMM sockets, sockets two and three share the same memory banks and that is like having to install special memory configurations like the i815 with more than 2 SDRAM slots.
As for general thoughts on the board, if this is not an overclocking board and we have these scores, what will DFI gain with overclocking? Abit's place? We can only hope.
Ultra Fast i845D chipset
Very little overclocking
No added features.
Rating - 7/10
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