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Thread: Low power consumption IPC motherboard in mini-DTX form factor: DFI CA230-BF




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    Default Low power consumption IPC motherboard in mini-DTX form factor: DFI CA230-BF

    In Channel market, everybody knows that DFI sells hi-end overclocking & performance motherboard in “LANParty” brand.
    However, only few people know that DFI is even better in applied computing platform.
    In industry motherboard market, quality & stability are everything.

    I’ve seen some company demonstrated ACP boards in Computex, the boards are all simple & smaller than microATX.

    The QC requirement of ACP (Applied computing platform) is very strict; all ACP boards have to take switching surge & flash impact.
    And, the longer warranty period & better material are also the differences between channel motherboards & ACP boards.

    The leading role today is DFI CA230-BF (mini-DTX; 20.3 x 17 cm), it could not be installed in mini-ITX case.
    DFI adopts the most powerful Intel integrated chipset “GM45+ICH9M” into this board.

    The packing: For IPC only, it is very simple.


    Accessories: User manual, Driver CD, SATA cable, IDE cable, I/O shield, extension USB.


    DFI CA230-BF




    The layout is very solid.


    Bottom side of board
    1 PCIe x16
    1 PCIe x1
    1 PCI (It’s awesome that adopt so many slot in mini-DTX)
    1 IDE
    4 SATA II with AHCI
    LAN: Realtek RTL811C-GR; Audio: Realtek ALC262
    One ceramic thermal pad covers the south bridge.


    Upper side of board
    2 SO-DIMM for DDR2 667/ 800


    Rear I/O
    1 D-sub
    1 DVI
    4 USB 2.0
    1 RJ45 port
    2 COM port


    It supports mPGA478M socket (For notebook use), you can find one QX9300 on the socket. It’s my first to use “Hi-end” NB CPU.


    The tiny cooler works well, it dissipate heat efficiently to keep the temperature low.
    The white connector calls “LVDS LCD panel”, it designed for connect cashier/ ATM/ POS and other interactive devices.

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    Default Re: Low power consumption IPC motherboard in mini-DTX form factor: DFI CA230-BF

    Testing platform
    CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Extreme Q9300
    MB: DFI CA230-BF
    DRAM: Wind Series DDR2 667 4GBX2 SO-DIMM
    VGA: Intel GMA4500&MSI R4670 2D512/D3
    HD: SAMSUNG 2.5 250GB 7200 RPM
    POWER: Corsair 400W Power Supply


    SW installation page; CPU-Z showed it’s T9400, diagnose incorrect.


    CPU 266X9.5=>2.53Ghz Quad core
    DRAM DDR2 667 CL5 4GBX2

    CPU
    Hyper PI 32M&CPUMARK99


    CrystalMark 2004R3


    CINEBENCH R10


    EVERETS Cache&Memory
    30 degree when stand by; 40~45 degree when running testing tools.



    3D Performance
    Integrated VGA: Intel GMA4500
    3DMARK2003


    3DMARK2005


    It’s my first time to test GMA 4500. GMA4500 is the best 3D core in Intel; the 3D performance is fair, but quite enough for IPC board.


    Power consumption (test by power angel)
    34W when stand by


    3DMARK2005-59W


    It consumes 59W when running 3DMark. It’s very low with quad core CPU, CM45 & ICH9M.

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    Default Re: Low power consumption IPC motherboard in mini-DTX form factor: DFI CA230-BF

    When VGA card installed,MSI R4670 2D512/D3
    3DMARK2005


    3DMARK VANTAGE


    Crysis Benchmark


    You can install VGA card for better 3D performance; ATI 4670 is cheap & has good power efficiency, or you can choose NVIDIA 9600GT.
    DFI ACP products are designed for industry & business purpose; so, revision control, material & warranty are very important.
    Revision control means you don’t have to worry when the board is malfunctioned; you can always get the same product and material from DFI for at least 5 years.


    In power consumption, you can choose Core 2 Duo CPU to save more power. Then you can use 150W PSU to run this platform.
    It’s the first time I test this kind of platform, I’m very impressive of the power consumption & size.
    If you are interest in ACP product, you can link to DFI Global: industrial, commercial, motherboard, industrial chassis, embedded computer, embedded chassis, embedded system.
    In some day, I hope I can buy ACP board in retail market (At least it’s not ATOM + 945GC again).

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    Default Re: Low power consumption IPC motherboard in mini-DTX form factor: DFI CA230-BF

    That was a great review!

    The CPU cooler was the stock that came in the box, or an after market one?
    Also, did the system utilize all 4 cores despite the wrong cpu detection?
    (which must be a problem that can be solved with bios update, for the cpu microcode)

    Can the PCI and PCIe x1 slots be used together?

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