The rear I/O port area made up by 1 PS/2 mouse port, 1 PS/2 keyboard port,
2 S/PDIF RCA jacks (S/PDIF-in and S/PDIF-out), 1 IEEE 1394 port, 2 RJ45 LAN
ports and 6 USB 2.0/1.1 ports.
The Karajan audio module (6 audio jacks) is easily added on
by just slotting it in:
Below, we see the expansion slot area, 2 PCI Express x16 slots,
1 PCI Express x1 slot and 3 PCI slots.
When running in CrossFire mode – Each x16 slot operates at x8 bandwidth.
When in Single VGA mode – PCIE1 slot operates at x16 bandwidth.
The space between PCIE1 and PCIE2 has increased as compared
to the DFI nF4 boards, from 2 slot spacing to 3 slot spacing. This is probably
due to the many requests from the enthusiasts using third party cooling solutions
on their video cards. This increased space also allows more breathing space
for the hot graphics cards of today.
The Northbridge and Southbridge are right next to each other.
The Northbridge is right smack below the first/only video card.
I was quite pleased to see that DFI has not skimmed on the thermal paste and
had the whole Northbridge covered with thermal paste to aid thermal conductivity.
The ATi Radeon Xpress 200 CrossFire chipset RD480, manufactured
in the 31st week of 2005.
Below you see the ATi IXP SB450 Southbridge, made in the week
35 of 2005.