DFI X58 T3H6 JR mATX Motherboard


The DFI T3H6 Jr mATX motherboard is clearly a great performer. Although mATX motherboards of old were targetted towards those looking to build a media PC, this motherboard would be wasted in such a setup. The T3H6 has it's eyes firmly set on those looking for performance in a small package and the DFI has certainly has performance by the bucket load.
Capable of keeping pace and at times bettering it's full size brethren, the baby DFI motherboard punches well above it's weight. It's packaged very well however, the accessories could be better and the colour scheme is wearing a little thin. I was disappointed in the way DFI secured the nuts to the screws using a waxy glue affair which was over the top and makes removal a pain. Despite this, a 4.2GHz overclock was obtained and that's a shining example of just how capable this motherboard really is.
I get the feeling I have only scratched the surface of its capabilities though having only had the motherboard for two weeks which believe me is not enough time to fully try out every setting in the BIOS which, as per usual DFI standards, is second to none. The Vdroop phenomena was simply not there when placing the mothebroard under load but perhaps more worrysome, the CPU voltage actually increased which is totally against Intels specification to aid with the possible voltage spikes encountered which could destroy your CPU! DFI it seems do not agree with this line of thinking.
Performance wise, the DFI T3H6 Jr falls short of beating the Asus Gene, it's most direct competitor and with both motherboards priced roughly the same, the decision on which is the better board is not one I would like to call. There is little doubting both motherboards can easily overclock your CPU to the max and both motherboards are attractive in their own unique way. The DFI board offers a better, more refined and extensive BIOS overall, whereas the Asus motherboard offeres better connectivity. Both motherboards are the perfect solution for LAN gamer hoping to slug it out with the best and both motherboards offer the end user almost everything a full size ATX board does bar the obvious ommisions due to its decrease in size.
If the DFI offers all the connectivity you need and if you don't crave the excessive frills the Asus Gene offers then I would go with it, simply because the motherboard feels more streamlined and aimed more directly at overclockers. However, the Asus motherboard offers a more bang per buck which may sway your decision in it's favour. Regardless, whichever board you choose, both will no doubt serve you well.
The Good
- Excellent performance
- BIOS options second to none.
- SLI/Crossfire compatability
The Mediocre
- Accessories could be better
- Limited connectivity
The Bad
- Screw glue is not the best idea in the world
Thanks to DFI for providing the T3H6 Jr for todays review. Please discuss in our forums
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Most Recent Comments

27-04-2009, 09:26:28

Nice job webbo.

I'm happy to see more performance mATX boards springing out and actually making it into production. Now we just need one that's £50 less but still as good .Quote

27-04-2009, 09:43:34

DFI's X58 Jr. is certainly a quality base to build one mean, micro sized machine. Nice to see that unlike the other Jr. boards, both PCI-E slots are electrically 16x.

Owned a DFI LP Jr. P45 T2RS for a couple of months and was very impressed with it. DFI's mATX range is looking very good indeed Quote

27-04-2009, 10:10:26

Id question wether or not you need a dfi matx, as most people clock the whohas out of them and the insane bios options are half the reason why they buy them.

Not something you need in a HTPC, but chioce is never a bad thing.

Great review mateyQuote

27-04-2009, 10:21:18

Yeah, those that'll make good use of the rediculously high voltage options and tweaking benefits are likely to be using high end or extreme cooling solutions and that usually means either a very large or no case at all.

However, there are those that still want a top end gaming setup but for whatever reason cannot do with a large chassis sitting around. These motherboards allow users to pack high end components into small but capable cases such as the Sugo SG03 and Lian Li V350 series. A somewhat "niche" market but still a market that's worth targeting Quote

28-04-2009, 08:53:40

Agree with everything above.Quote

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