Some of the most famous Abit motherboards from the past were designed by Oskar Wu, who became an engineering legend in the overclocking community with his brilliant overclocking designs. When Oskar moved to DFI last year, it did not surprise industry insiders to see DFI emerge as a new performance and overclocking board maker. DFI already was well known as an OEM manufacturer that built solid and dependable boards for others. But this new emphasis on overclocking and top performance from DFI came as a surprise to those who did not know some of the key people DFI acquired from Abit and Soyo. In the past year, DFI has built a solid reputation with the LANParty series designed for overclockers and gamers. Anyone looking for top performance and the best overclocking capabilities quickly learned to include DFI on their short shopping list.

It is in this climate that the enthusiast community has been eagerly awaiting Oskar Wu's latest design for the Athlon 64. Prototypes and samples have been out for several weeks, and the leaked results from early testing have created huge excitement. Enthusiasts who follow scores at Future Mark noticed that the new performance leader for 3DMark2001SE was suddenly a new DFI nForce3 250Gb board based on socket 754, and not the newest socket 939 Dual-Channel designs. What was this new board, and when would we see shipping boards?

That new board is the DFI LANParty UT nF3 250Gb, and DFI was gracious to provide an exclusive to AnandTech for the first production DFI nF3 250Gb. Boards are expected to begin shipments to the US this week.

Basic Features: DFI LANParty UT nF3 250Gb
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  • Bozo Galora - Wednesday, September 08, 2004 - link

    #33 - yeah whats up with that
    best perf with one stick, but only 512

    and BTW:ZZF had them $135, went out the door fast
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  • ukDave - Wednesday, September 08, 2004 - link

    Also, i've just been checking DFI's site and it says it only supports 512MB DIMMs, bit of a bummer cos i was thinking of getting a single 1GB stick, sux0r. Reply
  • ukDave - Wednesday, September 08, 2004 - link

    Great article Wesley. Lucky for you guys in the states DFI's RMA process is actually good, here in Europe (UK) we have to deal with DFI NL (Netherlands), and they tbh are crap. So bad in-fact some retailers are debating whether to carry future boards from DFI. I certainly hope they do though, as this board sure looks like a belter, and it WILL be replacing my Asus K8V-SE Deluxe which has no PCI lock (although its still a great board). Reply
  • cnq - Wednesday, September 08, 2004 - link

    For everyone looking for "754 overclocking for dummies" guide: it's already been written. Check out

    http://www.dugu9tweaks.net/guides/a64oc/index.html
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  • 8NP4iN - Wednesday, September 08, 2004 - link

    /me wants oveclocking for dummies guide 2 :] Reply
  • sprockkets - Wednesday, September 08, 2004 - link

    No UV reactive green like the other boards? :( Reply
  • JBT - Wednesday, September 08, 2004 - link

    Wow looks like a sweet board maybe I can pick up one of these instead of my weak OCing 8KDA3J Reply
  • Wesley Fink - Wednesday, September 08, 2004 - link

    #23-#26 -
    You are correct. Since the board was sent without the usual manual, I assumed the SATA ports between the AGP slot and CPU socket were SATA 1 and 2. I now have the manual file, and in fact those ports are identified as SATA 3 and 4.

    The 250GB SATA drive was connected to SATA 3 for the overclocking tests.
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  • alex1971 - Wednesday, September 08, 2004 - link

    S-ATA 3+4 are OK for HTT > 240 Mhz

    S-ATA 1+2 finished at HTT > 240 Mhz because of the external PHY !!!!
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  • alex1971 - Wednesday, September 08, 2004 - link

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