DFI introduce new LANparty Blood Iron BI-P43-T34 motherboard
While now superseded by Intel’s LGA 1156 and LGA 1366 i5/i7 platforms, it looks like the venerable LGA775 socket still has life left in it yet, as DFI release a new LANparty motherboard, the Blood Iron BI-P43-T43.
It may seem a little unusual for DFI to release a 775 board this late in the platforms life, however the Core2 processors, especially when overclocked are adequate for most users, myself included. Ever since its humble beginnings way back when the first enthusiasts (myself included) started experimenting with Intel’s ‘Dothan’ core Pentium M CPU’s (the Core Duo was based on this design, and then evolved into the Core2) on desktop systems, the Core architecture has been recognized as bandwidth-hungry, benefiting from a. This may explain DFI’s decision to release a new 775 board supporting DDR3.
The motherboard itself is nothing revolutionary, being a basic entry level board. The thing that sets this Blood Iron apart from other entry level boards though, is its lineage. DFI’s Blood Iron series have made a name for themselves as lean, mean, no-frills overclocking boards. When I say no-frills, I don’t mean that it’s not got some nice features though, and here they are:
• Intel P43 + ICH10
• Supports Intel Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processors in the LGA 775 package
• Supports Dual CH DDR3 800/1066/1333(O.C.)MHz
• Supports FSB up to 1333MHz
• ABS II, CPU Auto Upgrade Technology
• PCI Express x16 for graphics card
• Gigabit LAN
• Realtek ALC885 7.1 CH HD Audio
As you can see, the DFI doesn’t support crossfire or SLI, or have a convoluted heatpipe cooling system which is more for show than function, but for the target market of power users and overclockers on a budget, that’s just fine. The board has a 4-phase digital PWM, with no cooling on it at all and we don’t know if that will affect overclocking ability, but this isn’t a board isn’t designed to break world records, and for the average user running air cooling it should be more than adequate.