DFI LANPARTY nF4 SLI-DR User ReviewsPC
This is an exceptional motherboard. DFI has really geared this one towards the enthusiast community. The features that it offers are second to none really. The BIOS is the best i have ever seen. It contains numerous RAM settings and it allows you to tweak with the voltages and FSB very easily. Another great feature is the cmos reloaded function. This allows you to save up to 4 different bios settings in different banks and load them off of "hot keys" even, if you like. That is also good for when you get a failed boot after an overclocking attempt. This board also comes with loads of extras like cables, straps, stickers, ect..The bad:
This is not exactly a beginner's board in my opinion. For example, you need to know which RAM you plan on using, and how that RAM is expected to perform. You need to know what kind of memory moduels the RAM has as some types of RAM do not work well, even causing instabillity in some cases, in this motherboard. You will need to know how to flash the BIOS, because this board comes with the original BIOS when shipped, and since has been updated a number of times. There are (one specifically) jumper issues on this board as well. There is a 5v jumper that will allow you to surge up to 4v through your RAM. This jumper also allows for massive voltage spikes through you DIMMS, which could inadvertantly fry your ram, or even worse, your CPU. So it is really best to buy some seriously good RAM so that the higher voltages are not even neccessary to need to use. Dont even plan on buying value RAM. You will also need a quality PSU as this board, and the NF4 chipset in general, require lots of power to run stable. DFI recommends at least 480W in a PSU for this board, and a "native" 24 pin connection on the PSU as well, instead of the regular 20 pin. Count those pins before purchasing your PSU, as the 20 to 24 pin adapter is a no-no, and the only adapter that really works is about $40. Put that $40 towards a better PSU.Summary:
This was my first board, and i wish i had looked a little harder at other reviews before i purchased it. I also suggest checking out DFI-street.com. It is a forum community based completely on DFI motherboard problems. Read through there too, as you can then know what you might encounter with this board. I give it a 3 out of five only because of the problems it gave me as a beginner. Knowing what i know now, I'd give it a 5 out of 5.