DFI Lanparty LT X38-T2R Motherboard
Test Setup & Overclocking
To ensure that all reviews on Overclock3D are fair, consistent and unbiased, a standard set of hardware and software is used whenever possible during the comparative testing of two or more products. The configuration used in this review can be seen below:
• DFI LANPARTY UT X38-T2R (X38)
• XFX nForce 780i SLI (780i)
• Asus Maximus Formula (X38)
• Asus Striker II Formula (780i)
• DFI LANPARTY UT P35-T2R (P35)
• Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 "G0" 2.4GHz 2x4MB
• Cellshock PC2-6400 DDR2-800 (4-4-4-12)
• Sapphire Ultimate X1950 Pro 256mb PCI-E
• Hitachi Deskstar 80GB 7K80 SATA2 7200RPM 8mb
• Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate (Latest Updates)
During the testing of the boards above, special care was taken to ensure that the BIOS settings used matched whenever possible. A fresh install of Windows Vista was also used between switching boards, preventing any possible performance issues due to left-over drivers from the previous motherboard install.
To guarantee a broad range of results, the following benchmark utilities were used:
Synthetic CPU & Memory Subsystem
• Sisoft Sandra XII 2008c
• Lavalys Everest 4.0
File Compression & Encoding
• 7-Zip File Compression
• River Past ViMark
Disk I/O Performance
• HDTach 188.8.131.52
• Sisoft Sandra XII 2008c
3D / Rendering Benchmarks
• Cinebench 10
• Quake 4
Overclocking has always been one of DFI's strongest areas with many of their motherboards being used to smash benchmarking and raw MHZ world records. We've already seen the extensive BIOS options and superb layout of the board, but will this help in the overclocking department?
As we can see from the results above, the X38-T2R manages to place itself among the best boards that we've tested to date by taking our Q6600 up to 3650mhz. Overclocking on the board was extremely effortless, with only the CPU vcore and FSB settings requiring adjustment to take the processor this far.
While 3650mhz may not seem amazing as far as overclocking is concerned, please bear in mind that this was performed using Intel's stock cooler along with a maximum vcore of 1.500v.
With many of the lower-end Intel processors showing great overclock potential but often being crippled by low multipliers, having a motherboard that can obtain high-FSB speeds is a must. By reducing the multiplier of our Q6600 test CPU down to x6, the maximum FSB speed we was able to obtain from the X38-T2R was 495mhz. Other reports around the web have seen this board hit in excess of 530FSB on dual core chips, so it's highly likely that our Q6600 quad-core was close to hitting a brick wall (which most Q6600's do at around 500fsb).
As a side note, the Northbridge cooler included with the X38-T2R performed excellently during our tests; managing to keep temperatures under control even with 1.555v being applied to the NB chip. Unlike the heatpipe based cooling systems found on most other motherboards, I'd be happy to use DFI's stock cooler as part of my own overclocked system.
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