DFI LanParty mainboards have long been very popular among computer enthusiasts. The distinguishing feature of this mainboard family is extensive BIOS functionality that allows reaching excellent results during CPU overclocking if used wisely. Besides, we immediately picture fluorescent colors of the cables and connectors that look very impressive in UV light. You can easily recognize DFI LanParty UT and LT mainboard series by the looks of their chipset cooling solutions. Sometime around early 2008 the DK series also joined the LanParty team. DK mainboards features a little simpler but nevertheless highly efficient chipset cooling systems with heatpipes. However, it turned out to be not the only innovation. Closer to the end of last year DFI LanParty welcomed another model lineup called LanParty JR. JR stands for “junior” and describes this new series very well. All DFI LanParty JR mainboards are designed in microATX form-factor, unlike their full-size counterparts. However, since they still bear the LanParty name, we assume that the new mainboard differ only by their physical dimension, but haven’t lost any of the extensive BIOS functionality. Our today’s review of the new DFI LanParty JR X58-T3H6 will prove us right or wrong shortly.
Package and Accessories
The front side of a small box for DFI LanParty JR X58-T3H6 has two additional stickers. A round sticker in the upper right corner announces that the board doesn’t need to power off to apply the frequency changes made in the BIOS. A rectangular sticker in the lower left corner informs you that the board comes with Smart Connectors. These are two additional connector panels with info markings that make it easier to connect the indicators, buttons and a USB port of the system case front panel to the mainboard.
The back of the box tells us about a few other features of the DFI LanParty JR X58-T3H6 mainboard, such as convenient Power On and Reset buttons, Nvidia SLI and ATI CrossFireX support, solid-state capacitors, six fan connectors, etc.
Besides the board and the above mentioned Smart Connectors, the box also contains the following accessories:
- Round FDD and PATA cables;
- A pair of SATA cables and a power splitter for two SATA devices;
- Nvidia SLI and ATI CrossFireX bridges;
- Four replacement jumper caps with long tails;
- I/O Shield for the back panel;
- Manual for Auto Boost System technology and user’s manual for the board, both in multiple languages;
- DVD disk with software and drivers.