PDA

View Full Version : Initial test of a Super-value motherboard, DFI INFINITY P965-S Dark!!



windwithme
05-18-2007, 09:57 AM
Infinity P965-S has been launched into market about a month.
Some of articles in different forum are showing that Infinity P965-S’s OC
ability is above the standard…
I’d like to make an introduction about OC and related features about this
board.
The package design is emphasize the “Dark” , Dark color like style.
Recently, the package designs of DFI mid-range or high-end product also
have their own style.
http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/4082/d965s1gw9.jpg

The bundled accessories
No matter, the menu or driver CD are also use dark color style.
http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/516/d965s2wr6.jpg

The motherboard itself…
The “dark style” is applied to PCB and NB/ SB heat sink.
http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/6325/d965s3jd4.jpg
http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/4371/d965s4lv4.jpg

windwithme
05-18-2007, 09:58 AM
The lower left of the board:
2 of PCI-e x16 and support CF mode(x16 + x4)
2 of PCI-e x1
The rest are 2 of traditional PCI slots.
http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/7863/d965s5mw1.jpg

The lower left of the board,
South bridge is adopted ICH8R
Built-in “on board” power and reset button
8 of SATA2 slots, which are supports RAID0,1,0+1, 5.
http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/9074/d965s6nn6.jpg

The upper left of the board:
4 DIMMs for DDR2 memory
A 24 + 8 Pin power input and a IDE device.
http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/8427/d965s7gk5.jpg

The upper left of the board:
There is a nice arrangement around the CPU area;
it’s enough space to equip any big size cooler.
Then, 4-phase digital PWM is adopted.
http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/1637/d965s8ar2.jpg

windwithme
05-18-2007, 10:00 AM
I/O parts…
The S/PDIF output and the High-definition 8 channels audio
http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/3842/d965s9yu7.jpg

DFI has chosen a bigger heat sink for the North Bridge this time.
http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/1474/d965s10gf9.jpg

About the BIOS part:
The main page
http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/4447/d965sb1qc8.jpg

The main “adjusting page”
http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/4760/d965sb2vt4.jpg

windwithme
05-18-2007, 10:01 AM
CPU information
http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/5210/d965sb3hn1.jpg

DRAM options page:
The BIOS options of INFINTY are a little “user friendly” than other series.
http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/4219/d965sb4jm8.jpg
http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/7982/d965sb5qa8.jpg

Range of FSB: 266 to 700MHz
http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/7984/d965sb6xy5.jpg

windwithme
05-18-2007, 10:01 AM
DDRII clocking ration: 533/ 677/ 800
http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/2396/d965sb7iq0.jpg

Voltage options page
http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/4011/d965sb8sk5.jpg

The highest voltage that we can add is 0.7875V.
http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/6920/d965sb9gn8.jpg

The highest voltage for DDRII that I can reach is 3.375V. really a wide range.
http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/1933/d965sb10ps3.jpg

windwithme
05-18-2007, 10:02 AM
2 VTT options that you needed to take care, if you reached FSB500 or
above.
http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/7355/d965sb11iq2.jpg

NB voltage
http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/415/d965sb12tz9.jpg

System for the test
CPU:Intel Core 2 Duo E6420
MB: DFI INFINITY P965-S DARK
DRAM:CORSAIR TWIN2X2048-10000C5DF
VGA:ELSA GLADIAC 860GTS
HD:Seagate 7200.7 80GB
POWER:Corsair HX620W Modular Power Supply
Cooler:TT Big Typhoon VX
http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/1338/d965s13ob8.jpg

DARK, driver installation page
http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/1998/d965s3500dridj9.png

windwithme
05-18-2007, 10:03 AM
CPU overclock parts….
It is easy to reach 500MHz, without any additional voltage
for VTT and NB
5001X7=>3508Mhz
DDRII 1002 CL4 4 3-9 2.33V( a tight setting for DDRII)
SUPER PI 32M 14m03s
http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/2788/d965s3500spimy4.png

DDRII 1002 CL5 5-5-15 2.04V(auto setting of DDRII )
SUPER PI 32M 14m26s
http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/755/d965s3500dpidlv4.png

Dual Super PI 32M
http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/3198/d965s3500dpivn1.png

The limit of the FSB is approximately 505 MHz,
which’s without any additional voltage for chipset.
Of course, it’s related to CPU itself.
http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/1063/d965s505pind7.png

windwithme
05-18-2007, 10:04 AM
I have made a strict parameter for DRAM settings of INFINITY P965-S…
Then, there is a very good result from Super PI.
CORSAIR TWIN2X2048-10000C5DF
http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/9445/d965s12nu7.jpg

DDRII 1200 CL5 5-5-15 2.33V
SUPER PI 32M
http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/1436/d965s1200ea9.png

ELSA GLADIAC 860GTS
http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/4791/d965s11dt0.jpg
VGA: 675Mhz/2.02GHz
3DMARK2003
http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/2033/d965s2003tm1.png

windwithme
05-18-2007, 10:04 AM
3DMARK2005
http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/7332/d965s2005nk2.png

3DMARK2006
http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/2859/d965s2006nk4.png

DFI INFINITY P965-S DARK
The advantages:
1)For a fully solid capacitors version, the price is really reasonable.
2)The BIOS has a gigantic options for tweak, particularly the voltage options
3)It is not hard to let the CPU reached FSB500MHz without any additional
voltage.
4)DRAM can reach 1200 level. So far, only ASUS P5B high-end model can
does the same

The defects:
1)Late market launching, might be lost some opportunity in market.
2)There is no Dark logo for the opening scene, when the system gets start.
DFI has a good improvement these days….
Such like product package….from RD600 to now 965S, 680i….they truly found
their “characteristic” in concept. Further, the OC ability is a main advantage
of DFI boards as the past. Compares to other products that based on P965,
DFI’s INFINITY P965-S DARK is almost one of the best board in the industry.
It’s also a very good Intel platform too.
The next test:
The OC master of integrated platform>> BIOSTAR TA690G AM2
http://img515.imageshack.us/img515/6277/d965s14rd5.jpg