The highest-end platform of Intel, the cost-efficiency LANParty DK X48-T2RS released
After Intel launched P35 chipset, X38 is the one they declared the highest model.
If only compares the specification P35 and X38, the X38 seems a step higher than P35.
But after my lab test, the P35s OC performance is a bit better than X38
Although there are some rumors on the internet that X38 and X48 is almost the same,
but X48 is something good after sorting. Anyhow, X48 is the highest-end chipset in 2008,
which is the utmost chipset that supports PCIe-2.0 and PCIe x16.
As the case of P35 and X38 motherboard, X48 should be having both DDR2 and DDR3 version.
Although the price of DDR3 module is decreasing since 2008, but DDR2 module is still the best-buy product in the market.
In my personal opinion,
DDR2 is still the mainstream product in market for the moment.
This time, I got DFI LANParty DK X48-T2RS for a test.
The Dark(DK) series, almost has the same capability in overclocking and incorporates with quality component.
The Price is just around USD$230(more or less)
The package is just keeping the same, the black style.
Cables, menus, quick installation guide, drivers CD and IO shield.
A close look of DFI LANParty DK X48-T2RS
The lower left of the board:
2X PCI-EX16(Support 2.0 mode, CorssFire x16 + x16)
Realtek ALC885 audio codec with 8channels.
The lower right,
1 x Floppy
6 x SATAII (ICH9R)
SB by ICH9R support RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1 and RAID 5
Built-in Power/Reset button and debug LED, such a handy function.
The upper right,
4X DIMM DDR2 support 667/800/1066
The upper left,
The board incorporates 4-phase digital PWM and VRM11 power input, then,
the extra 16 Mosfet are enough to take care the latest Quad core CPU in market.
6 x USB2.0 ports
1 x Gigabit LAN
Red Jumper is the clear CMOS
DK incorporates with a new type heat sink.
Its not that big, so the other heat pipe or cooler in the same board will not be get stuck by each other.
It is useful in the way.
Here the CMOS Reloaded function, there are 4 different blanks for user to store their own OC settings.
PC Health Status
The testing environment
CPU: INTEL Core 2 Duo E6300/Quad 9550
MB: DFI LANParty DK X48-T2RS
DRAM: CORSAIR Dominator TWIN2X2048-8888C4DF
VGA: GAINWARD BLISS 9800GTX 512MB
HD: Seagate 7200.10 320G
POWER: Corsair HX520W Modular Power Supply
Cooler: Thermaltake Big Typhoon VP
Quad core Q9550 C0 testing
440X8.5=>3739 MHz, 4 of Super PI 32M and get steady
Its a bit pity that this 45nm process Quad core CPU only can reach around 440~450 MHz, it cant let DK X48 to release all the potential in FSB OC.
It seems the 65nm CPU performs a little better than this one, it can reach 470~500MHz.
Some folks might be doubt about whether the 4-phase digital PWM enough to supply the quad core CPU or not?
I remember that much earlier some users were doubts about the same thing to P35 before. But in my experience,
16 Mosfet with a 4-phase digital PWM is really acting fine for a quad core CPU overclocking.
DDR2 1200 CL5 5-5-15 1.96V
Dual SP2004,Blend mode,2GB full loading and get steady.
DDR2 1200 CL4 4-4-9 2.38V
Dual SP2004, Blend mode, 2GB full loading and get steady.
DDR2 1200, the best voltage setting of DK X48 is almost doing great with the on of P35. these are the good board though.
500/1200 CL4 4-4-9,Dual Super PI 32M steady.
DDR2 1252 CL5 5-5-15
EVEREST, bandwidth testing.
The high-end motherboard should match with the high-end VGA.
Gainward latest BLISS 9800GTX,
slot บนบอร์ด สีแรงได้ใจ สีขวัญใจท่านแม่ยกทั้งหลาย ถ้าเหล่าแม่ยกมาเห็นคงแย่งกันคล้องพวงมาลัยติดแบงค์พันแทบไม่ทันเรย (อิอิ)
Last edited by triple.h_th; 14 Jun 2008 at 20:57:36.
สีสันบาดตาบาดใจตามสไตล์ DFI .... หุหุ
15 Jun 2008, 01:49:47
15 Jun 2008, 09:32:56
ตัวนี้แรงดีครับ oc ต้องระวังความร้อนของ NB ดีดี
21 Jun 2008, 09:39:34
21 Jun 2008, 09:49:13
21 Jun 2008, 12:24:16
I'm like DFI since S.939 (NF4)
DFI is motherboard that beautiful layout, and look like the power.
and nice your take photograph.
PS. Thank... for your review.