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Specification and Accessories

At this time there is only one ATI RD600 based mainboard in stores. It is DFI LANParty UT ICFX3200-T2R/G.

DFI is known for its overclocking friendly solutions and no doubt that their interest to this chipset is determined by ATI’s promised unprecedented overclocking friendly features of their new chipset. As a result, we are expecting this mainboard to demonstrate new overclocking records. However, let’s first take a look at the official list of features of DFI LANParty UT ICFX3200-T2R/G mainboard:



LGA775 processors: Celeron D, Pentium 4, Pentium D, Pentium 4 XE,
Pentium XE, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad and Core 2 Extreme


AMD Crossfire Xtreme 3200 (ATI RD600 + ATI SB 600)

FSB frequencies

Up to 511MHz (with 1MHz increment)


Adjustable processor core voltage, Vdimm, voltage of the chipset
North and South Bridges, processor bus voltage.
Independently adjustable PCI and PCI Express bus frequencies.
Independently adjustable memory bus frequency.


4 DDR2 DIMM slots for dual-channel DDR2-1067/800/667/533 SDRAM

PCI Express x 16 slots

2 of them support ATI Crossfire
(two cards working in PCI Express 8x mode)
and 1 is connected to PCI Express x2 bus

PCI Express x1 slots


PCI expansion slots


USB 2.0 ports

10 (6 – on the rear panel)

IEEE1394 ports

2 IEEE1394a ports (1 – on the rear panel, by VIA VT6307 controller)


1 ATA-133 channel (in the chipset)

Serial ATA

4 Serial ATA-300 channels (in the chipset, with RAID support)
4 Serial ATA-300 channels
(by Promise PDC40719 controller, with RAID support)

ATA RAID support

RAID 0, 1, 0+1 in the chipset
RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5 by Promise PDC40719 controller

Integrated sound

8-channel HD codec: Realtek ALC885

Integrated LAN

Two Gigabit Ethernet controllers (by Marvell 88E8052 and 88E8053)

Additional features

POST controller


Phoenix AwardBIOS v6.00PG


ATX, 305x240 mm

It is quite logical that DFI engineers were not quite satisfied with the list of features offered by ATI RD600. Therefore, the mainboard we will be discussing today features a few additional onboard controllers that make it fit for the advanced users’ needs. At the same time, besides the LANParty UT ICFX3200-T2R/G, the manufacturer is also planning to offer a less expensive board model without the additional SATA controller. However, we haven’t yet seen the solution like that in stores.

The mainboard is shipped in a box of traditional DFI size painted red with a cartoon picture on the front side of it. The reverse side of the box is more informative and carries the picture of the mainboard alongside with a list of its major advantages.

The design of the mainboard package is not very impressive, I have to admit that other leading mainboard manufacturers are currently offering much more appealing exterior designs. Nevertheless, inside the box there is a pretty decent set of accessories. Among them are a multi-language user’s manual and vivid quick installation guide, a floppy disk and CD disk with software and drivers, Karajan audio module with the retention kit, round aerodynamic cables for FDD and PATA devices, I/O shield, two brand name yellow SATA cables and a power cable for two SATA HDDs, a LANParty sticker for the front case panel and another large LANParty sticker.

Although the DFI mainboard cannot boast a bundle as rich as the mainboards from ASUS from the same price range, for instance, there is only one serious complaint that we have: too few SATA cables included.

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