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Thread: The Intel “performance savior” ~ DFI Infinity P965




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    Default The Intel “performance savior” ~ DFI Infinity P965

    As usual, two biggest CPU brand keep pushing their “generation transaction”
    In 2006, Intel released their Core2Duo processor. Then, it almost replaces
    the position of super mix of AMD K8 + nF4 with its C2D + 965.
    Meanwhile, Asus and Gigabyte launches their powerful 965 motherboard.
    Up to now, the boards are still the most users’ choice in the market.
    DFI is not the first one to launch the Conroe platform…nevertheless,
    recently, the Intel platform’s LP UT ICFX3200 (with RD600 chipset) has a
    great performance in both FSB and DDRII overclocking. Furthermore, they
    release their Infinity series P965 motherboard. Their Infinity is position as a
    value price with high-performance OC ability product.
    first of all, take a look at P965’s appearance.



    The lower left of the board
    2 PCIe X16, is for ATI Crossfire technology
    then, 2 PCIe X1 and 3 traditional PCI slots…


    The lower right of the board
    DFI use their exclusive ceramic heat sink.
    6 SATA2 ports
    The EZ on and reset on board button. A easy way for user to reset their
    system.

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    Default Re: The Intel “performance savior” ~ DFI Infinity P965

    The upper left
    24Pin power input, a IDE interface device
    For DDR2, 4 dimm slots


    the upper left of the board:
    6 phrase Digital PWM is powerful and Rock solid component.


    The back IO area


    BIOS related…
    CPU related options

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    Default Re: The Intel “performance savior” ~ DFI Infinity P965

    Main setting page


    CPU FSB range is from 266 to 700MHz


    DRAM Frequency: 533/ 667/ 800

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    Default Re: The Intel “performance savior” ~ DFI Infinity P965

    DDR2 details settings


    Voltage page


    The highest voltage is 0.7875V


    DDR2 has a wide range for voltage, the highest can reach 3.375V

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    Default Re: The Intel “performance savior” ~ DFI Infinity P965

    The Infinity series BIOS, always simplify than LANParty a bit.
    The good thing of its BIOS is: it is easier than LP series for tweaking.
    And the OC ability is not bad too. Infinity is suitable for mainstream gamers
    And users.

    Test bed details
    CPU:INTEL Core 2 Duo E6300
    MB: DFI INFINITY P965
    DRAM:CORSAIR Dominator TWIN2X2048-8888C4DF
    VGA:ELSA GLADIAC 790GS PH2 256DT
    HD:Seagate 7200.7 160GB
    DVD:Plextor PX-716A
    POWER:Corsair HX620W Modular Power Supply
    Cooler:TT Big Typhoon VX


    CPU
    511X7=>3579Mhz
    DRAM
    DDRII 1023 CL4 4-3-9
    Super PI 32M


    DRAM(Memory’s bus clock test)
    CPU
    361X10=>3611Mhz
    DRAM
    DDRII 1083 CL4 4-3-9

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    Default Re: The Intel “performance savior” ~ DFI Infinity P965

    3D performance
    CPU
    501X7=>3507Mhz
    DRAM
    DDRII 1002 CL4 4-3-9
    VGA
    676/1730Mhz
    3DMARK2003


    3DMARK2005


    3DMARK2006


    Although this board is almost later than other manufacturer half year,
    But the whole performance is really impressive. Its FSB can reach more than
    500MHz steady. In addition, the performance of the DDR2 is excellent too.
    The result of DDR2 in Super PI test is outperformed; I think it was due to DFI
    works really hard to the arrangement of DDR2’s parameter.

    For my personal point of view, I think this board has two things can be
    improved:
    About the DRAM, DDR2 under 1020, it needs 2.2 to 2.35V normally.
    If you want to reach DDRII 1060 or above. It might need 2.6V voltage at the
    end.
    Frankly, it’s not easy to break the bottleneck of DDRII1100.
    So, these are something important to an excellent performance.
    Maybe it’s too damn for DFI hard to choose whether a average Joe
    performance with a sky-high DDRII bus clock or a real high performance
    with a average DDRII record(around 1060 to 1080). I believe it’s a difficult
    decision before Infinity P965 official launch.

    No matter how, DFI P965 has a friendly and powerful BIOS setting. It is easy
    to reach a high FSB and outcome a splendid performance. I heard that the
    street price is possible around USD$140. If this is true, Infinity P965 is a
    super high C/P ratio motherboard for both overclocking and high-end
    gaming.

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    Default Re: The Intel “performance savior” ~ DFI Infinity P965

    Spin off: CPUZ confused with ICH8 and ICH8R.
    We only can do it under BIOS option
    DFI Infinity P965 is adopts ICH8R as its southbridge.
    ICH8R's "R" is stand for RAID function


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