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It's getting here, slowly

It's been delayed more than three months, but we just got word from DFI that the LANParty UT RD600-T2R/G will officially launch on December 15, 2006.  Distributors expect the MSRP to be around $220.

We first published images of the board back in October of this year.  Earlier today images of the board were posted on the net that do not represent the final design.  We've been told these images are either fake or of an early prototype.  The images DailyTech published earlier this year are also of the final design.

DFI claims this will be the last ATI/AMD chipset for an Intel motherboard -- at least as far as its roadmaps are concerned.  No other major OEM brand has picked up the chipset for channel sales.  This likely has contributed to its delay as well.

Additionally, we've also received word that DFI has an nForce 680i motherboard in the works. This board is not expected to launch until January, but it will be a significantly different design than the
nForce 680i reference boards.

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By gramboh on 11/29/2006 1:54:48 AM , Rating: 2
Will be interesting to see if there is any reason to go DFI with C2D as far as OC'ing options go.

By qdemn7 on 11/29/2006 6:50:28 AM , Rating: 2
There might be, considering DFI is using a passive heatsink for the NB/SB and this board is supposed THE C2D O/C board. Considering how hot the NB/SB run on 965 and 680i boards, that's saying something. For that price this might be an unbeatable deal.

By gramboh on 11/29/2006 12:02:55 PM , Rating: 3
The thing is, with current C2D you get such great overclocks even on $100-150 boards, why spend another $100 to get an extra 100-200MHz if you already have a 1000MHz overclock? It's not really worth the extra money when you already have massive gains.

I think it will have to have a really strong feature set/BIOS/stability in addition to OC for anyone to care about it, other than XFire users.

holy grail?
By andrewrocks on 11/29/2006 3:48:27 AM , Rating: 3
this board was supposed to be the "holy grail" for us C2D clockers...

too bad it's 3 months to late...

RE: holy grail?
By Suomynona on 11/29/2006 8:39:59 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I gave up on waiting for it back in August because I thought one month was too long.

Looks like it has some promise to it...
By Witchfire on 11/29/2006 10:48:17 AM , Rating: 2
If they used a similiar design concept to the 3200 Crossfire AMD northbridge, it probably doesn't need anything more than a passive heatsink. I think that one only put out about 7 watts of heat, if memory serves me.

Anyone have any info on how the PCIe lanes are arranged? x16 + x16 + x4? x16 + x16 + x16? Or is it limited to x8 + x8 in Crossfire mode? What about RAID options?

As with all new-to-market DFI boards, I'll probably wait for this one to mature through the first few BIOS releases. DFI makes some stellar hardware, but their track record for releasing them bug-free isn't that great.

By Warren21 on 11/29/2006 12:49:00 PM , Rating: 2
I do believe it is x16 + x16 + x4 at the least (x16 + x16 CrossFire eventhough some rumour sites say x8 + x8), thought the last slot may even be x8 (electrical) if they added some more lanes on the RD600 since RD580 (you are correct, this is almost identical to the AMD 580X chipset AKA. ATI RD580).

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