DFI Lanparty DK P45-T2RS Plus

Test Set up & Overclocking

Test Setup
To put the T2RS Plus through its paces, it was compared against three other boards all using similar hardware and settings (except in the case of the DDR2 and DDR3 RAM). The hardware that was used for this review consisted of the following:
Processor: Intel Xeon 3070 @ 3.6ghz
Cooling: OCZ Vendetta II
Motherboard:  DFI LanParty DK T2RS Plus, Abit IP35 Pro, MSI P45D3 Platinum, Asus Blitz Extreme
Memory: Crucial Balistix PC2-5300 (1:1 5-5-5-15 2t), OCZ Platinum PC3-12800 (1:1 7-7-7-23 2t)
GPU: Sparkle 8800GT 512MB
Power Suply:
  Cooler Master Real Power Pro 850w
Hitachi Deskstar 7200RPM 80GB
OS: Vista Ultimate 64bit + SP1
I was looking forward to this section of the review, going on my past experiences with DFI's range of boards and a few snippets I'd read on the web before being given a chance to review this board. As usual, I started with a low voltage test. Sticking to approximately 1.35v (+240Mv BIOS setting), I increased the FSB until the chip became unstable. I wasn't too surprised to find this maxing out at 3600MHz (3.6ghz), as this is the sweet spot for my veteran chip.
Showing it was capable of maxing out the chip on a low voltage setting, I continued to bump the Vcore up to around 1.6v (+450Mv BIOS setting) and went for even higher. A fair bit of tweaking later and the T2RS managed an reasonable 3900MHz (3.9GHz). Now this is not a blistering speed by any means as I've seen the chip do 4GHz, and likened to the 45nm Wolfdales it's pretty average. I felt that the main issue was due to temperatures and that the board was capable of more but would require better cooling and a lot more tweaking time.

The next test was, of course, a maximum FSB test. Leaving the voltage high, jacking up a few more settings and fiddling with GTL settings lead to a maximum bootable and stable FSB of 475Mhz.

Overall, the T2RS is not going to be the stem of any record breaking overclocks based on what can be seen here, but it's perfectly capable of putting out some very reasonable speeds. I felt that the board would be much better suited toward a user who would spend a few hours tweaking to seek out the sweet spot for their chip between clock speed and voltage, then run at said settings until the next upgrade.

Next up we move on to the benchmarks...
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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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