When checking out the performance of the DFI LANPARTY PRO875B mainboard, I set its results against those of the ASUS P4C800 and ABIT IC7-MAX3. These two mainboards also feature the i875P chipset and have proven to be among the fastest platforms for modern Pentium 4 processors in our earlier tests. So we will see if DFI made its mainboard an efficient solution from the performance point of view, and if it provides the same speed as the popular solutions from ASUS and ABIT.
The testbed was configured as follows:
- Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz CPU;
- Mainboards: ASUS P4C800 Deluxe (BIOS version 1.07), ABIT IC7-MAX3 (BIOS version 1.2), DFI LANPARTY PRO875B (BIOS version 1121);
- 2 x 256MB DDR400 SDRAM from Corsair (2-2-2-5 timings);
- NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 graphics card (Detonator 52.16 driver);
- Seagate Barracuda ATA IV HDD, 80GB.
I ran all the tests in Microsoft Windows XP SP1; the BIOSes of the mainboards were set to maximum performance.
The following table lists the results shown by the mainboards in different applications:
DFI LANPARTY PRO875B
Business Winstone 2002
Multimedia Content Creation Winstone 2003
3DMark2001 SE, Default
3DMark03, CPU Score
PCMark2002, Memory score
Unreal Tournament 2003, dm-antalus, 1024x768x32
Quake3, four, 1024x768x32
Serious Sam 2, The Grand Cathedral, 1024x768x32
SiSoft Sandra 2002, RAM Buffered Bandwidth
As you see, DFI LANPARTY PRO875B turns to be somewhat slower than the fastest i875P-based mainboards.
LANPARTY PRO875B from DFI is a well-made i875-based mainboard for your Socket478 processor. It is distinguishing features make it stand out among other solutions in several ways. First of all, it looks extraordinary, with its neon-colored slots. Secondly, the accessories include various stickers, cables, shields and other cute goodies. Thirdly, DFI LANPARTY PRO875B is just a high-quality product, very stable and boasting excellent overclocking opportunities.
- Stylish appearance;
- Interesting CMOS Reloaded technology;
- FrontX panel accompanying the mainboard;
- High stability, also with four memory modules;
- Rich CPU overclocking options;
- Gigabit Ethernet, connected via the CSA bus;
- Support of Parallel and SerialATA RAID arrays.
- Certain drawbacks in the PCB design;
- No IEEE1394 (FireWire) ports;
- High price, about $200;
- Uncertain support of Prescott based processors.