This board was quite highly anticipated not just because of
the LAN Party brand name, but also largely due to it’s extremely well-designed
The NVIDIA nF590 SLI chipset (C51 Northbridge) and SPP chipset
(C55 Southbridge) are placed at the lower part of the board right next to each
other. Here is also where you find the LED Diagnostic panel is, and the convenient
power and reset buttons. The LED Diagnostic panel comes in handy when you are
troubleshooting the PC, and the power and reset buttons are always welcome for
those who run their setups naked.
This is one of the very well received aspect of the board,
the 6 SATA ports are placed facing the side, towards your hard disks, 3 stacked
on each row. This arrangement provides a neater way of setting up the system
without SATA cables running in and out different parts of the board. Right next
to these is the Floppy connector. Behind that, the red colored Clear CMOS jumper.
I wouldn’t say it is placed in a difficult position, as it is undoubtedly very
accessible in a Single video card configuration. In a dual Video card configuration,
you either remove the second card, or may probably need to employ a pair of
long nose pliers to get to that jumper.
Also behind the Floppy Connector is the CMOS Battery and BIOS
At the upper right of the board lies the IDE Connector and
2 more SATA connectors adjacent to the BIOS chip. The 8 pin +12v EPS power connector
and the ATX power connector is also located here.
One of the highlight of this board is that it’s the first DFI
board using a digital PWM, regulated by Volterra VT1115 regulator chip. This
takes away the need for big capacitors lined up around the socket, with just
SMD capacitors to do the job. A long rectangular heatsink covers the MOSFETs
and I felt it during full load testings. It was warm but no where near scorching
temperatures, and this was with the only air flow being generated by the CPU
Mandatory to DFI LAN Partyy boards, the Floppy power connector
above the PCIE 1 slot enhances power capacity for the board, particularly the
PCI-E slots. I say it at most helps when you are running very heavy power-drawing
Video cards, but I see no harm to having this.
The PCIE 1x slot and 4x slot are sandwiched between the 2 x16