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The term “dark horse” began as horse racing parlance. A dark horse is a race horse that is not known to gamblers and thus is difficult to place betting odds on. This way it has nothing to do with the horse’s color, unlike the hero of our today’s article. DFI LANPARTY DK X58-T3eH6 mainboard belongs to “LANPARTY DK” series, where “DK” stands for “dark” that is why the well-known saying came to mind. However, let’s not hurry to draw the conclusions just yet. There is some probability that the not very well-known DFI LANPARTY DK X58-T3eH6 will outperform all the LGA1366 mainboards we tested before and take the first place in this unofficial but obvious competition. Well, the review will answer all our questions and we are going to start it, as usual, with taking a look at the products and its packaging.

Package and Accessories

The box with DFI LANPARTY DK X58-T3eH6 mainboard looks quite ordinary. Thin colorful slip-cover hides a white box of thick cardboard that contains the mainboard with all bundled accessories:

Additional stickers on the front of the box tell us that they have fixed Intel OC power off issue and included Smart Connectors into the accessories bundle – a block of connectors with explanatory marking that makes it much easier to connect front panel cables, USB and IEEE1394 ports to the board. The back of the box tells a little more about a few other distinguishing features of this product.

Inside the box we find a mainboard, of course, and the following accessories:

  • Round FDD and PATA hard drive cables that glow in UV light;
  • A pair of fluorescent SATA cables that also glow in UV light and a power splitter for two SATA devices;
  • Bridges for Nvidia SLI and ATI CrossFireX graphics configurations;
  • Smart Connectors set;
  • Four replacement jumper caps with long tails;
  • I/O Shield for the back panel;
  • Brief manual for Auto Boost System technology and brief assembly guide, both in several different languages;
  • A DVD disk with drivers and software.

You are already familiar with one DFI mainboard on Intel X58 Express chipset that we have reviewed before: see our DFI LanParty JR X58-T3H6 MicroATX LGA1366 Mainboard Review for details. So, it is totally natural that we will try to compare them with one another from time to time. Speaking of the boards’ accessories bundles, we can conclude that they are practically identical. The only difference is that DFI LANPARTY DK X58-T3eH6 has more Smart Connectors: it features an additional IEEE1394 and an extra USB connector.

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