DFI Lanparty LT X38-T2R Motherboard

Packaging & Contents

Packaging & Contents
 
The Lanparty brand name has always been heavily associated with gamers, and the packaging on many of DFI's previous motherboards has certainly reflected this. Bright oranges and yellows combined with black backgrounds and artistic images of gamers playing at LAN's has always been the norm. However, with the event of the "LT" series, it certainly looks like DFI are going for a lighter, more professional approach...
 
DFI Lanparty LT X38-T2R  Packaging DFI Lanparty LT X38-T2R Packaging
 
DFI Lanparty LT X38-T2R Packaging DFI Lanparty LT X38 T2R Packaging
 
While under most normal lighting conditions the packaging on the X38-T2R may look fairly average with its plain white background and light blue details, all it takes is the bright lights of a store window display to literally make the box sparkle. Looking up close at the surface of the box, we can see that DFI have actually gone to the trouble of embedding holographic speckles on all sides of the packaging, creating a rainbow effect of colour at various angles.
 
DFI Lanparty LT X38-T2R Box DFI Lanparty LT X38-T2R Contents
 
DFI Lanparty LT X38-T2R Contents DFI Lanparty LT X38-T2R Contents
 
One of the major differences between the original LANPARTY series and some of its more recent successors (UT, DK and LT)  is the amount of accessories included with the motherboard. Having owned an original Lanparty 875P-T, I remember being overwhelmed by items such as the cable sleeving kit, PC transporter, I/O breakout box, case stickers and the large quantity of UV cables. However, as we can see from the images above, the X38-T2R is slightly more modest in its offerings with all the accessories being packaged in a single box. Here's a run-down of exactly what's included:
 
- 4x UV Green SATA cables
- 2x UV Green IDE cables
- 1x UV Green Floppy Disk cable
- 2x Molex to SATA converter cables
- 1x I/O plate
- 1x Bernstein Sound Card
- 1x Lanparty Northbridge Chipset cooler.
- 1x Syringe of generic thermal paste.
- Manuals, Driver disks, RAID floppy disk
 
For the most part, the contents list is pretty standard and falls in line with offerings from other manufacturers such as Asus and Abit, but the X38-T2R does have a few tricks up its sleeve...
 
DFI Lanparty LT X38-T2R Chipset Cooler DFI Lanparty LT X38-T2R Chiset Cooler Base
 
Probably the most important and positively refreshing of these "tricks" is the northbridge heatsink. Complete with heatpipes, a copper contact base and mounting braces for a 60mm fan of your choice, it's great to see that DFI are really listening to what enthusiasts want rather than just super gluing some kind of crazy heatpipe system to the board.
 
DFI Lanparty LT X38-T2R Sound Card DFI Lanparty LT X38-T2R Sound Card
 
Next up is the Bernstein audio module powered by a Realtek ALC885 8-channel HD chip. While the card certainly didn't raise any hairs on our back where depth and clarity were concerned, the card does have one exceptional feature going for it.....it plugs into the motherboard via a small ribbon cable. Therefore it doesn't require any PCI/PCI-E slots for connectivity and can be located in almost any free expansion slot.
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Most Recent Comments

13-02-2008, 17:46:47

JN
"Some of DFI's previous Lanparty branded boards have reached almost iconic status. Will their latest X38 based board be able to meet our expectations?"

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...162811874s.jpg

DFI X38-T2R Review

13-02-2008, 18:23:53

FarFarAway
I know where you live and I know you still have the board in your possession

13-02-2008, 18:24:10

ionicle
looks sweet, i love the green theme

13-02-2008, 18:35:43

Bungral
Yeah quality review Jim as ever.. That board does look swish! And preforms as well to it seems.

Shame there isn't better availability over here

13-02-2008, 19:12:26

Daza
Looks nice but a tad late in my opinion with the X48 boards coming out soon and no real gains over the T2R Ive got.

13-02-2008, 20:42:28

darkorb
WOW!!!

SUCH A NICE BOARD!!

i was waiting for somebody to review this board, as i had had my eyes on it for the longest time.

Such a nice looking board, and what a performer, gonna be getting this 100% in my next build.

14-02-2008, 01:12:48

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Kempez'
I know where you live and I know you still have the board in your possession
*licks board*

"Haha now it's got my germs on it!!"

14-02-2008, 09:53:42

kataras
why not try overclock dual-core cpu (e6550, e6750 etc) with the board. to make sure it really is q6600's fsb wall and not motherboards. Just a suggestion.

14-02-2008, 09:58:32

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='kataras'
why not try overclock dual-core cpu (e6550, e6750 etc) with the board. to make sure it really is q6600's fsb wall and not motherboards. Just a suggestion.
No chips to hand i'm afraid. I've got two Q6600's and an E4300 floating about at the moment, and the E4300 maxes out at 375fsb lol.

Don't worry tho, you'll probably be seeing a lot more unofficial results form this board when the QX9650 arrives.

14-02-2008, 10:04:59

Mr. Smith
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Jim'
Don't worry tho, you'll probably be seeing a lot more unofficial results form this board when the QX9650 arrives.
benches

Extensive review my good man. Won't get a new mobo until nehlam...

14-02-2008, 14:20:38

!TIMMY!
I am so getting one of these wen i go to the US! Thats along as the X48 and 790i chipsets dont blow this out of the water.

15-02-2008, 03:25:04

JN
It looks like it might be a little while before these bouards are available in the UK, but I've been passed information that they should be available at these places:

States: Motherboardpro

Germany: Alternate

18-02-2008, 04:36:15

Barry
If its as good as my Ultra-D has been, then thats my next mobo.

18-02-2008, 04:59:08

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Barry'
If its as good as my Ultra-D has been, then thats my next mobo.
Having owned/tested pretty much all of DFI's Intel boards, I would say that this is the closest to how I remember my old NF4 being

18-02-2008, 09:25:06

ionicle
i still run my old SLI-D

love it, perfect board, never had a single problem with it...

my pc's are still 939 and 754, its enough power for me....lol

18-02-2008, 18:54:37

w3bbo
I may go for this board over the rampage as the wait is killing me.

19-02-2008, 13:32:07

!TIMMY!
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Jim'
It looks like it might be a little while before these bouards are available in the UK, but I've been passed information that they should be available at these places:

States: Motherboardpro

Germany: Alternate
It was available at Newegg but has now disappeared.

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='ionicle'
i still run my old SLI-D

love it, perfect board, never had a single problem with it...

my pc's are still 939 and 754, its enough power for me....lol
I'm also still runing my SLI-DR what a mobo!

19-02-2008, 14:25:46

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='!TIMMY!'
It was available at Newegg but has now disappeared.
Yeah I noticed that in a thread on XS. Its still there but hidden. DFI say that there is a big box of the boards arriving with them tomorrow-ish.
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