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This is the only standalone mainboard in this review meaning it doesn’t belong to any model family – it comes just as it is, no variations. DFI LAN PARTY is a unique product and that’s exactly how it is positioned in the market.

The mainboard draws our attention from the very beginning: its package is much larger than usual. Does the huge size imply numerous accessories? Yes, of course, we have got a lot of them. First, it is a bag called PC Transpo for transportation of the system case (to those LAN parties, I may suppose). A brief test I literally performed myself showed that this bag is fine for carrying the PC for short distances.

Next a set of round IDE cables comes. This set includes two UDMA and one FDD cable. They look tasty due to their metal armoring. I don’t know what is the purpose of this, but it looks nice, anyway.

But these are ordinary supplements coming with any decent mainboard, yeah? So what’s so exceptional about this one? The mainboard package included a device called FRONTX to be installed into a 5”-bay (like the Media XP module from ABIT). However, the FRONTX is narrower in functionality compared to Media XP; for example, it lacks card-reader capabilities. On the other hand, FRONX allows you to change the allocation of connectors to your taste. The connectors have lugs, while the FRONTX panel – slides. Well, it’s hard to explain, just look at the snapshot.

But this is not the end. The package also includes two LAN PARTY stickers for the system case. One is a usual shield, while the other must be intended for the system case. Besides the stickers, there is a HDD power adapter from the ordinary 4-pin connector to the Serial ATA one, and a data Serial ATA cable. And all this serves to connect a single Serial ATA drive (the mainboard just doesn’t support any more)!

So, DFI LAN PARTY comes complemented with various necessities. More is better than less.

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