The user community has been always watching closely NVIDIA’s actions in the chipset market. NVIDIA nForce2 provoked a kind of sensation, since it was the first chipset for Socket A platform capable of locking AGP/PCI frequencies, which mattered a lot for overclocking and wasn’t available by the VIA’s chipsets.
So, it was quite natural for many users to prefer nForce2-based mainboards those days. It turned out later, though, that the North Bridge of that chipset couldn’t work stably at 200MHz FSB frequency, but NVIDIA reacted very rapidly and released a revision of the chipset with this deficiency fixed.
Mainboard makers announced updated versions of their products adding to their names something like “rev. 2.0”. This marking indicated the new North Bridge that was stable at a FSB frequency of 200MHz and higher. It was often not only the chipset that changed, but also the wiring, component layout, cooling system and accessories. Major companies were the first to offer new products, and minor manufacturers followed the suit soon after. The Taiwanese DFI has also rolled out an updated product.
Well, welcome DFI LanParty NF II Ultra B mainboard.
DFI LanParty NFII Ultra B
AMD Athlon XP 266/333/400MHz FSB
nVIDIA nForce2 chipset
FSB frequencies, MHz
100-300 (with 1MHz increment)
Adjustable Vcore, Vmem, Vagp, North Bridge voltage.
3 DDR DIMM slots for dual-/single-channel PC1600 (DDR200), PC2100 (DDR266), PC2700 (DDR333) and PC3200 (DDR400) SDRAM
Expansion slots (PCI/ACR/CNR)
USB 2.0 ports
6 (4 on the rear panel)
3 ports implemented by Agere FW803 Phy controller
2 ATA/33 channels, ATA/66, ATA/100 and ATA/133
4 Serial ATA channels implemented by Silicon Image Sil3114 controller supporting RAID 0 and 1, 0+1
Six-channel AC97 Realtek ALC650 codec
nVIDIA nForce2 MCP-T and ICS1893 Phy
Award BIOS v6.00PG
ATX, 305 x 245mm
Even the most fastidious user should find the accessories included with the mainboard more than satisfactory. First of all, we have got a huge bright green box with a carry handle.
When you open the box, you see a small bag with jumpers and stickers (for the system case and with the “LanParty” logo).