DFI Canterwood and Springdale - Introduction
DFI Canterwood and Springdale - SpecificationsSpecifications of DFI LANPARTY 865PECPUIntel Pentium 4 Processor with Hyper-Threading Technology - 800MHz/533MHz system data busIntel Pentium 4 Northwood processor - 533MHz/400MHz system data busIntel Celeron Northwood processor - 400MHz system data busChipsetIntel 865PE chipset - Intel 865PE Memory Controller Hub (MCH) - Intel 82801EB I/O Controller Hub (ICH5)System MemoryFour 184-pin DDR DIMM sockets Supports dual channel (128-bit wide) memory interfaceSupports up to 4GB system memorySynchronous operation with processor system bus - PC2100/PC2700/PC3200 (DDR266/DDR333/DDR400) with 800MHz FSB CPU. DDR333 will run at 320MHz memory frequency when used with 800MHz FSB CPU. - PC2100/PC2700 (DDR266/DDR333) with 533MHz FSB CPU - PC2100 (DDR266) with 400MHz FSB CPUSupports non-ECC (x64) DIMM using 128Mb, 256Mb or 512MbSupports unbuffered DIMMsBIOSAward BIOS, Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP Plug and Play compatibleGenie BIOS provides: - CPU/DRAM overclocking - AGP/PCI/SATA overclocking - CPU/DIMM/AGP overvoltageFlash EPROM for easy BIOS upgrades 4Mbit flash memoryCMOS ReloadedSuper PatchAudioC-Media CMI9739a 6-channel codec20-bit stereo full-duplex codec with independent variable sampling rateHigh quality differential CD inputTrue stereo line level outputsS/PDIF-in/out interfaceLANRealtek RTL8110S Gigabit LAN PCI controllerFull duplex support at both 10, 100 and 1000 MbpsSATA IDE WITH RAIDSilicon Image Sil3112A PCI to Serial ATA controllerSupports two SATA (Serial ATA) interfaces which are compliant with SATA 1.0 specification (1.5Gbps interface)Supports RAID 0 and RAID 1IEEE 1394 (Firewire)VIA VT6306 PCI 1394 integrated host controllerSupports three 100/200/400 Mb/sec portsAGPSupports 1.5V AGP 8x (2.13GB/sec.) and AGP 4x(1066MB/sec.) for 3D graphics applications (AGP 2x and 3.3V AGP card are not supported)Supports AGP 3.0 and AGP 2.0 spec.Rear Panel I/O Ports1 PS/2 mouse port1 PS/2 keyboard port1 DB-9 serial port1 DB-25 parallel port4 USB 2.0/1.1 ports1 1394 port1 RJ45 LAN port2 S/PDIF RCA jacks (S/PDIF-in and S/PDIF-out)3 audio jacks: line-out, line-in and mic-in 2 audio jacks for center/bass and rear outI/O Connectors2 connectors for 4 additional external USB 2.0/1.1 ports2 connectors for 2 external IEEE 1394 ports1 front audio connector for external line-out and mic-in jacks1 connector for an external game/MIDI port2 internal audio connectors (CD-in and AUX-in)1 S/PDIF connector for optical cable connection1 connector for IrDA interface4 Serial ATA connectors2 IDE connectors1 floppy connector2 ATX power connectors (20-pin and 4-pin 12V)1 Wake-On-LAN connector1 opened chassis alarm connectorCPU fan, chassis fan and 2nd fan connectors4 diagnostic LEDs1 diagnostic LED connector for external 4 diagnostic LEDs displayEZ touch switches (power switch and reset switch)Expansion Slots1 AGP slot5 PCI slotsSpecifications of DFI LANPARTY Pro 875BCPUIntel Pentium 4 Processor with Hyper-Threading Technology - 800MHz/533MHz system data busIntel Pentium 4 Northwood processor - 533MHz/400MHz system data busIntel Celeron Northwood processor - 400MHz system data busChipsetIntel 875P chipset - Intel 82875P Memory Controller Hub (MCH) - Intel 82801ER I/O Controller Hub (ICH5R)System MemorySupports dual channel (128-bit wide) memory interface - Each channel supports 2 DIMM socketsSupports up to 4GB system memorySupports Dynamic mode to optimize system performanceSynchronous operation with processor system bus - PC2100/PC2700/PC3200 (DDR266/DDR333/DDR400) with 800MHz FSB CPU (supports PAT mode). DDR333 will run at 320MHz memory frequency when used with 800MHz FSB CPU. - PC2100/PC2700 (DDR266/DDR333) with 533MHz FSB CPU - PC2100 (DDR266) with 400MHz FSB CPUSupports ECC/non-ECC DIMMsSupports unbuffered DIMMsBIOSAward BIOS, Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP Plug and Play compatibleGenie BIOS provides: - CPU/DRAM overclocking in 1MHz stepping - AGP/PCI/SATA overclocking - CPU/DIMM/AGP overvoltage4Mbit flash memoryCMOS ReloadedAudio20-bit stereo full-duplex codec with independent variable sampling rateHigh quality differential CD inputTrue stereo line level outputsS/PDIF-in/out interface6-channel audio outputLANUses 82547EI Gigabit LAN CSA interfaceFull duplex support at both 10, 100 and 1000 MbpsATA RAIDUses HighPoint 372N RAID controllerRAID 0, 1, 0+1 and 1.5ICH5R SATA IDE WITH RAIDSupports two SATA (Serial ATA) interfaces which are compliant with SATA 1.0 specification (1.5Gbps interface)Supports RAID 0 and RAID 1AGPSupports 1.5V AGP 8x (2.13GB/sec.) and AGP 4x (1066MB/sec.) for 3D graphics applications (AGP 2x and 3.3V AGP card are not supported)Supports AGP 3.0 and AGP 2.0 spec.Rear Panel I/O Ports4 USB 2.0/1.1 ports1 RJ45 LAN port1 DB-9 serial port1 DB-25 parallel port1 mini-DIN-6 PS/2 mouse port1 mini-DIN-6 PS/2 keyboard port2 RCA jacks for S/PDIF-in and S/PDIF-out2 audio jacks for center/bass and rear out3 audio jacks: line-out, line-in and mic-inI/O Connectors2 connectors for 4 additional external USB 2.0/1.1 ports1 front audio connector for external line-out and mic-in jacks1 connector for an external game/MIDI port2 internal audio connectors (CD-in and AUX-in)1 S/PDIF-in/out connector for optical cable connection1 connector for IrDA interface2 RAID IDE connectors2 Serial ATA connectors2 IDE connectors1 floppy connector2 ATX power supply connectors1 Wake-On-LAN connector4 fan connectors for CPU fan, chassis fan, second fan and chip fan1 diagnostic LED connector for external 4 diagnostic LEDs displayEZ touch switches (power switch and reset switch)Expansion Slots1 AGP slot 5 PCI slots
DFI Canterwood and Springdale - Features - Packaging & ContentsPackaging & Contents
DFI Canterwood and Springdale - Features - A look at the MotherboardsFeatures - A look at the MotherboardsAt first glance you will see just how much effort DFI have gone to in giving you a couple of visually stunning and unique looking motherboards. Both of these motherboards follow a bright orange theme. When paired up with an ultra violet cold cathode these areas of the motherboard are all UV reactive, which produces a magnificent result inside a case that has a window. The PCB itself is smartly done in a dark brown color of which effectively helps to make the UV reactive areas stand out even more. A wonderful touch DFI!
DFI Canterwood and Springdale - Features - A look at the Motherboards (Cont.)Features - A look at the Motherboards (Continued)For those of you only venturing into the motherboard scene as of recently, allow me to give you a brief description on the differences between the chipsets with both motherboards.- Chipset RundownThe 865PE and Pro 875B motherboards are both designed with the Intel platform in mind as mentioned already. The 865PE is based on the "Springdale" standard unlike the 875 chipset of which is "Canterwood", at the end of the day the differences are very subtle. Basically, the only real world features and abilities the 865PE chipset lacks over that of the somewhat more expensive 875P is CSA LAN, ECC memory support, and "PAT". Although CSA LAN eliminates any bottlenecks within the PCI bus, you only benefit from it most when fully utilizing an actual Gigabit Ethernet connection. I will still admit it's comforting to know it's there, though. Aside from that, all the usual features of today such as Hyper Threading / 8x AGP / Dual Channel / 800MHz FSB support are seen on both motherboards. The big plus with motherboards based on the 865PE chipset is that they are considerably cheaper, allowing for a more cost effective solution over the somewhat more expensive i875P Canterwood range.In reference to "PAT" (Performance Acceleration Technology) seen only on the 875P chipsets, shortly after the release of the i865PE chipset it was discovered that "PAT" could be enabled quite easily, and thus closed much of the performance gap between Springdale and Canterwood. Several motherboard manufacturers have gone about this by sneaking behind the Intel Engineer's backs with slight alterations to the name. For instance, Soltek call theirs "MBA" otherwise known as "Memory Boost Accelerator". DFI have of course done the same here with their 865PE, naming their variation to the functionality as "Super Patch". By default its disabled on this motherboard, however we decided to enable it during our overclocked bench tests of which you will see shortly.DFI have also implemented yet another unique and highly useful feature to all of their latest LANPARTY "B" revision motherboards (as well as the 865PE), labeled as CMOS Reloaded, this enables the user to select/tweak, define, save, and rename the CMOS. Currently, CMOS Reloaded allows you to save two distinct CMOS configurations. This is a brilliant idea, particularly for the vast majority of overclockers and enthusiasts out there who do not wish to write their overclocking settings down on paper.Now that you've had a brief rundown on the differences across the chipsets themselves, let's focus on the remaining features between both motherboards.- Onboard AudioDFI have chosen to go with the C-Media CMI9739a 6-Channel codec for both motherboards. Although it is nothing spectacular when compared to the likes of an Audigy 2, it is still more than sufficient for the average user who isn't overly fussed on the clarity of their sound output. An SPDIF in & out interface is included on the rear I/O panel (in place of what would have been a serial port) allowing for connection via a digital receiver.- Additional Features (865PE)
DFI Canterwood and Springdale - OverclockingOverclocking AbilitiesAll of DFI's LANPARTY motherboards have a menu within the Award BIOS named "Genie BIOS". This is where all the common overclocking features can be found. Both of these motherboards are identical in terms of the overclocking options available to you.They allow for CPU/DRAM overclocking in 1MHz increments ranging from 100MHz through to 400MHz. The AGP/PCI/SATA clock can also be locked at various frequencies. In terms of voltage ranges, the CPU voltage can be adjusted from 1.55v through to 1.975v, although any voltage over 1.8v would require excellent cooling such as a peltier or water. The memory voltage ranges from 2.6v to 2.9v. It would have been nice to see a 3.2v limit but that's a bit high for most people's liking anyway. The AGP voltage can be adjusted from 1.5v to 1.8v, although this is fairly useless nowadays with the inclusion of AGP locking abilities.We used an Intel Pentium 4 800MHz FSB 2.4GHz CPU paired up with a very nice set of Mushkin PC4000 modules (operating in Dual Channel mode) to find out the ceiling of both motherboards. Unfortunately, the maximum stable FSB we were able to reach with the 865PE was quite a dismal 225MHz but we must take into account the room temperature of which was around 33c at the time (which would have no doubt hindered performance somewhat).Enabling the "Super Patch" PAT-like function resulted in even further decrease of stability such as random lockups and blue screens. However, we were able to keep it stable whilst enabled at an FSB of 220MHz. We have already ruled out other hardware coming into play with the limitation of our overclock, and are certain it's the motherboard at "fault". The only other thing that comes to mind is the motherboard doesn't like the Mushkin memory, although I would tend to doubt this is the case as the memory is rated for 250MHz. In addition to that, the timings were completely relaxed at 2.5-8-3-3 and to help things along we pushed 2.8v through the sticks.As for the overclocking potential of the Canterwood Pro875B, it was almost no better with a maximum stable rate of 225MHz. Once again though, the room temperature was pushing 33c at the time so it certainly wouldn't have helped us here. All components used for these tests are proven to operate at much higher FSB's on other platforms; I sadly feel the motherboards themselves are just not capable of producing the kind of results a lot of overclockers would be hoping for.Although the results of our overclocks were considerably poor on both motherboards, we've still decided to use them in a few of our benchmarking tests of which you will see shortly. This is just so you can get an idea of the performance increase one can still expect within a slightly overclocked environment.Finally it's time to see just how well Springdale is performing these days in comparison to the Canterwood chipset, at least as far as DFI goes.On to the benchmarks we go!
DFI Canterwood and Springdale - Benchmarks - Test System Setup and SiSoft Sandra 2004Test System SetupProcessor: Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz (800MHz FSB with HT enabled)Memory: 2x Mushkin 256MB PC4000 DDR-500 (Timings of 2.5-8-3-3 in Dual Channel mode) (Supplied by Mushkin)Hard Disk: Maxtor SATA 80GB 7,200 RPMGraphics Card: GeCube Radeon 9800 XT (Overdrive disabled) (Supplied by Kingmax Australia)Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP1Drivers: ATI Catalyst 3.9 and Direct-X 9.0bFor all of our tests, apart from the overclocking tests, the PAT-like "Super Patch" feature of the Springdale motherboard was disabled. The exact same settings were made for both motherboard to make for an even playing field, such as disabling V-Sync and using the same memory timings.SiSoft Sandra 2004SiSoft Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) 2004 is a synthetic windows benchmark that features different tests used to evaluate different PC subsystems.
DFI Canterwood and Springdale - Benchmarks - PCMark2002PCMark2002PCMark2002 is a multipurpose benchmark, suited for benchmarking all kinds of PCs, from laptops to workstations, as well as across multiple Windows operating systems. This easy-to-use benchmark makes professional strength benchmarking software available even to novice users. PCMark2002 consists of a series of tests that represent common tasks in home and office programs. PCMark2002 also covers many additional areas outside the scope of other MadOnion.com benchmarks.
DFI Canterwood and Springdale - Benchmarks - 3DMark2001 SE3DMark2001 SE3DMark2001 SE is a part of the popular 3DMark series. By combining DirectX 8.1 support with completely new graphics (including the GeForce4), it continues to provide benchmark results that empower you to make informed hardware assessments.
DFI Canterwood and Springdale - Benchmarks - 3DMark033DMark033DMark03 is the latest version of the highly favored 3DMark series. By combining full DirectX9.0 support with completely new tests and graphics, 3DMark03 continues the legacy of being industry standard benchmark.Please Note: Due to recent events with the 3DMark03 series, we are adding results purely for those who are still in favour of 3DMark03. These results should not be taken too seriously and are only added for interest sakes.
DFI Canterwood and Springdale - Benchmarks - AquaMark3AquaMark3AquaMark3 is a powerful tool to determine reliable information about the gaming performance of a computer system. Because the benchmark extensively utilizes DirectX9, DirectX8 and DirectX7 functionality, it represents the requirements of typical gaming applications in 2003 and 2004.
DFI Canterwood and Springdale - Benchmarks - Comanche 4, Jedi Knight II and UT2003Comanche 4Comanche 4 is a helicopter simulation using the DirectX 8.1 graphics interface. It is used to test the memory and 3D subsystems of a motherboard and video processor. Any weaknesses will show up through this intensive benchmark.
DFI Canterwood and Springdale - Benchmarks - Quake 3 ArenaQuake 3 ArenaQuake III Arena is a real-world OpenGL benchmark that we have been using here at TweakTown for quite a while now because it has proven itself to be one of the best gaming benchmarks around to compare a wide range of different products. Quake III is getting very old, but is still one of the best ways of testing video and PC systems for any instabilities and best performance.
DFI Canterwood and Springdale - ConclusionConclusionWell 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- ProsExcellent BundleAwesome board aesthetics & featuresPerformance right up there with Canterwood irrespective of "Super Patch"StableCMOS ReloadedEZ ON/EZ TOUCH Buttons- ConsPoor Overclocking ResultsNo CSA LANRating - 8.5 out of 10 and TweakTown's Best Performance Award
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