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DFI LANPARTY Pro 875 Motherboard Review

By: Shawn Baker | Socket LGA 775 in Motherboards | Posted: Jul 16, 2003 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: DFI

Motherboard Features


- First Glance


When first looking at the motherboard you can't help but take note of all the orange on it, it's everywhere and of course it is all UV reactive. You find no matter where you look on the motherboard you are greeted with this bright color, whether it be the PCI slots, memory slots, cooler bracket or Parallel ATA ports you find it everywhere. It looks different to say the least and for people with windowed cases, it's going to appeal to them a great deal more than others.



- Layout


Looking at the layout you don't find anything out of the ordinary, with the main ATX connector placed in the top right corner. Just below that you will find 2 X PATA ports, the floppy connector and down the very bottom another 2 X PATA ports for RAID. Between the bottom PATA ports and the floppy port are 2 X SATA ports.



The DFI PRO875 motherboard uses a 1/5 AGP/PCI configuration, because there is only five PCI slots, the AGP slot is lower and if you own a longer video card you wont have any trouble accessing your memory. Motherboards that use a 1/6 configuration often make it impossible to remove the memory without first removing the video card.



Finally a few other things worth mentioning would be the inclusion of a passive Northbridge cooler instead of an active unit. One other excellent feature is the "EZ ON/EZ TOUCH" which gives you the chance to eliminate a case to turn your motherboard on/off or to reset it - perfect for people like myself who always have to reset and turn off motherboards.


Although you can do this with a screw driver, it can be sometimes annoying or dangerous. Instead DFI has included two small push buttons on the motherboard which work just the same as a power button and a reset switch on your case. While it won't be useful for a lot of people, in the event where you test the motherboard it makes the job a lot easier and quicker. Good thinking DFI!



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