DFI Lanparty DK P45-T2RS Plus


Well, it's time to wrap up the last 9 pages in a few paragraphs and draw some final thoughts on the DK P45-T2RS Plus. In short, the board is a well thought out and cost effective motherboard most suited for 24/7 use. To start with, the layout is pretty much everything you could want, with no silly ATX power connector placement and all the connectors are close to the edge of the board. There's also plenty of space to fit large air coolers to the CPU. If you wanted to be really picky, you could gripe about the fact that the two PCI-E slots are quite close, which means that running two cards in Crossfire may prove tricky if they have large GPU coolers. Some may find the Clear CMOS jumper to be obscured by the GPU in the first slot as well, but that argument  doesn't hold much weight given that there is one on the I/O plate which does exactly the same thing.
The T2RS's performance, while not ground breaking, was quite commendable. It held its own against the other boards it was compared too, even beating them in a fair few areas. It showed some muscle in the 3DMark suites and a similar pattern was seen with the two FPS games tested with the T2RS. Although it was by the smallest of margins, the demos showed the T2RS to be the fastest. Overclocking on the DK P45-T2RS was a little disappointing, but I felt this wasn't entirely the fault of the board as there are ample options and potential.
The price for the LP DK T2RS Plus sits in at £114.59 over at Ebuyer at the time of writing, making it a good price point to be considered against the likes of the P5Q-E and EP45-UD3P. In my opinion, it's a fantastic price for the board. The features you only found on high-end boards a few years ago have trickled down to the mid-range and are on display with the DK P45.
The final question about this board is, of course, should you buy it? This depends on a number of factors. If you're looking for a stable, practical board that has the potential for some good 24/7 overclocks at a decent price then I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the DFI DK P45-T2RS. If you're looking for bells, whistles, over-sized heatsinks and BIOS features you wouldn't use without LN2, then you'd do better to look elsewhere.
The Good:
+ Solid performance
+ Decent price
+ No over the top BIOS settings
+ Plenty of Features
The Medicore:
* High-end overclocking
The Bad:
- Nothing
Thanks go out to DFI for providing the review sample.
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Most Recent Comments

19-12-2008, 09:06:34

I don't think i've seen a DFI board look so good since the 939 days...Quote

19-12-2008, 09:33:08

All I get from this tbh is there is absolutely no point in getting it if u have an IP35 Pro. Which in all honesty, including the other 2 mobos, is an absolute disgrace imo.

It also has ALC885 sound.. which is pretty old afaik.

I will say tho, for fear of sounding like a scratched record, I feel these 4 series Intel boards would probably perform better with newer cpus.

Good review, being truthful I`d overlook this unless I see it doing well with newer cpus.Quote

19-12-2008, 09:37:53

bah humbug to you rast ...I see what your saying...if it had been released 18 months ago it may have warranted more attention...still a decent performing board for the money though...I wouldn't build a current system round it but if your in the field for a replacement then its worth a look...although I think DFI may have been better looking at 1377 rather then sticking to an already tried (and tried(and tried)) formula....Quote

19-12-2008, 09:44:05

To be really honest, it`s plain to me that the mobo is less use than the IP35 Pro. I have to wonder how it would cope against the IP35 Pro XE.

So, rather than 18 months, it`d be that time PLUS before the Intel 35 chipset was released.

I seriously don`t see the point in this board. For sure it`s a 35 mobo with a dropped in 45 chipset - purely on availablity I`d imagine.

But does this really signal that the 45 chipset is that much of an insignificance over the 35 ? It does have the advantage of being more ddr3 orientated - so in that sense, why is there not a full bank of ddr3 dimms ? The mere presence of ddr2 dimms means that (from what I read on enthusiast sections) a 45 chipset needs to be crippled to use ddr2. How much I don`t know.Quote

19-12-2008, 10:06:30

hmmmm....I can see why they say crippled....but I suppose its down to the DDR2 in question...(and believe me Ive sold E8400's to people using a 4core dual sata which only takes up to DDR667 and only one channel max 2gb some people) ...

Sorry my mistake I read 45 chip not chipset...thought it was reference to the 45nm wolfdales...duh...but the point about the DDR2 in question still is a valid pointQuote

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