DFI Lanparty LT X38-T2R Motherboard

Board Layout & Features

Board Layout & Features
 
One of the largest factors for consideration when purchasing a new motherboard is its layout. While most manufacturers make their best efforts to ensure that their board can house a dual card setup along with a large CPU cooler and sticks of RAM in every slot, components such as capacitors and heatpipe coolers can easily obstruct the installation of your chosen hardware. With this in mind, let's inspect the X38-T2R for any common blunders.
 
DFI Lanparty LT X38-T2R Motherboard Overview DFI Lanparty LT X38-T2R Motherboard Overview
 
As we've come to expect from DFI's Lanparty series, the board features some extremely striking UV reactive expansion slots and connectors. While most of the previous Lanparty boards have featured a combination of Orange/Yellow, the X38-T2R is equipped with an even more striking green theme.
 
DFI Lanparty LT X38-T2R CPU Area DFI Lanparty LT X38-T2R NB Area
 
Clearance around the CPU socket area is exceptional, with DFI ditching the chunky mosfets and capacitors in favour of a more expensive digital PWM. While this will mostly be useful to  water cooling enthusiasts who often encounter problems fitting the latest waterblocks on their motherboards, the flatness of the area around the socket is also idea for sub-zero cooling enthusiasts who need to insulate the board against condensation.
 
Similary, the Northbridge area is also reasonably devoid of intrusive components, allowing for the easy installation of 3rd party cooling products.
 
DFI Lanparty LT X38-T2R NB Cooler DFI Lanparty LT X38-T2R  NB Cooling
 
DFI Lanparty LT X38-T2R Mosfet Cooling DFI Lanparty LT X38-T2R SB Cooler
 
Stock cooling on the board is essentially passive, with finned heatsinks being placed on the Mosfets and Southbridge. As we've already seen over the previous page, the Northbridge features a much more elaborate cooler that can either be run passively or with a 60mm fan. During our testing of the board we increased the Northbridge voltage up to 1.55v in order to reach the maximum FSB of the board. However, at this setting active cooling was definitely required in order to stabilise the board.
 
DFI Lanparty LT X38-T2R Expansion Slots DFI Lanparty LT X38-T2R Memory Slots
 
Interestingly, DFI have chosen to locate the first PCI-E x16 slot at the very top of the board. This can pose problems attempting to insert memory modules with the graphics card already installed, as the memory clips cannot be fully retracted. While this certainly won't be a problem that many of us will encounter, my regular changing of memory modules during the testing of this board was slightly obstructed by this layout decision.
 
DFI Lanparty LT X38-T2R I/O Ports
 
Despite a fair amount of real estate being taken up by the large aluminium mosfet cooler at the back of the board, DFI have managed to squeeze in a total of six USB ports, two Network ports, one Firewire port and two PS/2 ports into the I/O area. This brings the X38-T2R in line with a large majority of the other motherboards we've tested recently and certainly should provide more than enough connectivity for the average user.
 
DFI Lanparty LT X38-T2R Headers DFI Lanparty LT X38-T2R Headers
 
The "benchers" among us will be pleased to hear that the DFI have placed power and reset switches at the bottom of the motherboard making extremely easy to operate outside of a PC case. While on the subject of the power and reset switches, it is also worth mentioning that the CMOS can easily be cleared on the X38-T2R by simply pressing both of these switches simultaneously for around 4 seconds.
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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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