DFI plans a pair of rowdy LANParties

COMPUTEX — DFI is showing off a pair of new high-end motherboards in its full-featured LANParty lineup. The LANParty 925X T2 is based on Intel's 925X Express chipset, and includes a Socket 775 CPU interface, dual-channel DDR2 memory, a PCI-E X16 slot, and a pair of PCI-E X1 slots.

The LANParty nForce3 Ultra is a Socket 939 board based on NVIDIA's latest chipset.

Both boards pack a wallop with a bunch of high-end features, including four SATA ports, SATA RAID, dual Firewire ports, and 8-channel audio. Also, DFI has designed a unique audio riser card that houses the Realtek codec for the LANParty 8-channel audio setup. DFI says this riser arrangement should help to isolate the codec, providing a lower noise enviroment.

Both of these boards are six-layer designs, to ensure rock-solid stability. Six-layer PCBs cost more to produce (about $25 per board) but DFI expects to save money on support costs with higher-quality boards. Expect to see the new LANParty mobos arriving soon with an even more extensive bundle of goodies than past models for around $199.

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