We have just recently studied and tested DFI LanParty JR X58-T3H6 mainboard in one of our previous reviews. The unique distinguishing feature of this solution is its form-factor: this DFI product became the microATX mainboard for LGA1366 processors that we received in our lab.
Therefore, it would be wrong to consider it only out of context: microATX mainboards are purchased for a specific purpose – namely, for compact computer systems. Therefore, it very important to find out how fit the board is for this particular application. It may even matter more than overclocking potential.
Why did we have our doubts about DFI LanParty JR X58-T3H6 being able to serve well as a basis for a small PC system? It is no secret that LGA1366 processors are not the most energy-efficient solutions, to put it mildly, which means that they require a good cooling solution. However, when you assemble a compact computer system inside a small case, it is really hard to fit a large CPU cooler into it as well as arrange proper airflow and ventilation inside it because of very small internal space.
So, we decided to check out ourselves if this extremely interesting mainboard could serve us well as a basis for a compact system and how small this system can actually be.