DFI Lanparty LT X38-T2R Motherboard

The BIOS

The BIOS
 
DFI have always been quite partial to the Phoenix Award BIOS and have used it on almost all of their previous motherboards regardless of chipset or socket type. Undoubtedly the blue and white screen will also be a familiar friend to many overclockers too, but let's take a closer look at exactly what options DFI have furnished their latest Lanparty board with.
 
X38-T2R BIOS X38-T2R BIOS
 
X38-T2R BIOS X38-T2R BIOS
 
X38-T2R BIOS X38-T2R BIOS
 
Skipping past the boring Hard Disk/IRQ sections of the BIOS straight into the good stuff, we can see that DFI have placed everything overclocking related under the "Genie BIOS" header. While most of the overclocking options such as FSB speed, Memory dividers, CPU ratio and PCI-E slot speed are all grouped under this main heading, many more of the advanced options such as Memory timings, voltage settings and advanced CPU features are neatly tucked away under their own sub-sections.
 
An interesting feature not seen on many other motherboards is "Boot up clock". This essentially allows you to set the FSB speed that your PC initially boots at to lower than what is specified in the "CPU clock" settings. This can be useful if  the board fails to power on at high FSB settings, but functions fine once it has passed the BIOS stage.
 
DFI also need to be commended for the sheer number of options available in the memory timings section. While this section certainly seems daunting with no information being given on the affect each option will have, the Auto settings specified by DFI very rarely needed changing during our tests.
 
X38-T2R Voltage Settings X38-T2R CPU VID Control
 
X38-T2R CPU VID Add X38-T2R DRAM Voltage
 
X38-T2R SB Core X38-T2R NB Core Voltage
 
X38-T2R CPU VTT X38-T2R Clockgen Voltage
 
Voltage options is yet another area where the X38-T2R excels in. Along with the usual NB, SB, and VDIMM options, the board also sports two settings for controlling the Vcore voltage. While the first Vcore option will only take the voltage up to a reasonably save 1.6v, the accompanying option "CPU VID Special Add" further increases the Vcore by a selectable percentage allowing the board to provide the CPU with up to 1.9v.
 
The available ranges for the rest of the voltages is also extremely good, but due to the tiny increments between each of the settings I often found myself holding my finger on the down arrow for several seconds before any reasonable voltages appeared in the list. Maybe it's time someone made a motherboard that allows the user to key in the voltage they want!
 
X38-T2R PC Health X38-T2R PC Healtj
 
In comparison with some of the motherboards we've tested recently, the PC Health section of the X38-T2R is quite sparse. Granted it has a full list of voltage and temperature readouts available to the user, but the ability to control fan speeds is quite limited and the fact that DFI have only provided a shutdown temperature option for the CPU (and not NB / SB) raises concerns over whether these temperatures are even being monitored.
 
X38-T2R CMOS Reloaded
 
DFI were the pioneers of CMOS profiles and I'm sure that most of the overclocking community will agree that at some point this amazing feature has saved them a lot of time and effort restoring their previous BIOS settings after a CMOS clear. As we can see from above, the "CMOS Reloaded" function on the X38-T2R allows users to save their current BIOS settings into one of 3 available "Banks", giving each bank a description of their choice.
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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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