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"RD600" to finally arrive

DailyTech previously reported DFI’s motherboard roadmap which showed DFI’s RD600 based motherboard arriving towards the end of August. Nevertheless, DFI has almost readied its long awaited RD600 motherboard, and a few pictures of the board have already been leaked to DailyTech. The new motherboard will carry DFI’s established LANParty UT branding and cater towards enthusiasts. As previously reported the board is named LANParty UT RD600-T2R/G.

Early images show the LANParty UT RD600-T2R/G with three PCI-Express x16 and three PCI slots. Two PCI Express x16 slots will be full speed with sixteen lanes routed to each slot. The lane configuration on the third slot is unknown, though it most likely has around four lanes like other motherboards equipped with three PCI Express x16 slots. With its three PCI Express x16 slots it appears the DFI LANParty UT RD600-T2R/G is ready for ATI’s triple-play physics for hardware accelerated physics processing.

Other notable features include dual onboard Gigabit Ethernet, UV reactive slots and integrated high definition audio. As with previous LANParty UT motherboards, the LANParty UT RD600-T2R/G uses DFI’s Karajan audio module which moves the audio codec off of the motherboard PCB. This removes some electrical noise often associated with motherboard PCBs.

Expect the DFI LANParty UT RD600-T2R/G to arrive within the next month or two with support for Intel’s Conroe Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors. Pricing is unknown at the moment, though expect it to be north of $200.  Unfortunately, DFI's RD600 motherboard may be the last ATI-Intel motherboard to see the light of day.

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oh yeah
By 8steve8 on 10/11/2006 7:00:46 PM , Rating: 2
is this board using a 3rd party pci or pciexpress sata controller??? if so then get out ur floppy disks for winxp and various other os/ installs...


also placement of the sata connectors?


RE: oh yeah
By gersson on 10/11/2006 7:15:54 PM , Rating: 1
Most likely you won't purchase this board or even use the 3rd PCI-express slot so why are you complaining?

RE: oh yeah
By 8steve8 on 10/12/2006 12:51:30 AM , Rating: 2
just saying, less than ideal placement for sata ports... pretty poor... not a deal breaker,, but poor...

but sucks if it doesnt have native sata ports... can anyone confirm if all the sata ports are driven by that 3rd party promise chip? or are some/all of them a product of the southbridge?

RE: oh yeah
By Russell on 10/12/2006 12:57:02 AM , Rating: 3
ATI's site indicates that 4 are from the SB, 4 are from the promise.

RE: oh yeah
By BigLan on 10/12/2006 2:42:01 AM , Rating: 3
If it's similar to SB400, you won't need a floppy for a non-raid windows installation. You might not even need one for a raid setup, I've never tried though.

The placement of the extra 4 ports aren't too bad. There shouldn't be a problem with the two above the slot and in most regular size cases you won't be able to fit a double-slot cooler there anyways as it's the bottom slot. You could loop the sata cables from the bottom two ports around and under the mobo though.

At least they're still including an ata port.

RE: oh yeah
By 8steve8 on 10/12/2006 11:22:27 AM , Rating: 2
ah , i looked at the image again, those weird connectors inbetween the floppy and ide must be sata... ive never seen sata connectors like that before so i ignored them...

anyway so total of 8 sata ports? 4 native, 4 from the promise?

RE: oh yeah
By marscay on 10/12/2006 10:25:36 AM , Rating: 2
how many times were you dropped on your head as a little boy???

why would you even think that a chipset wouldn't have native SATA support.

some ppl are just too dumb....i mean

RE: oh yeah
By mino on 10/14/2006 3:53:18 PM , Rating: 2
Please, tell us what does native SATA support have to do with WinXP drivers.

The reason SATA drivers are not needed is BIOS _emulation_ od SATA as IDE. It has nothing to do with native/non-native implementation.

Had M$ not screwed up the loading of HDD driver the way they did, no one would bother with such an emulation.

By retrospooty on 10/11/2006 3:31:18 PM , Rating: 3
ouch... These DFI boards look aweful when not under UV light, but renital burn aside, they are great products.

By Burning Bridges on 10/11/2006 4:04:28 PM , Rating: 3
I think those pics WHERE take under UV - hence the bluey reflections in all the metalwork.

By retrospooty on 10/11/2006 5:16:13 PM , Rating: 2
possibly, but its not the same as being in the same (dark) room with UV lights on the mobo. these picss just make it look like a gay pimp-mobile

By wien on 10/11/2006 6:10:05 PM , Rating: 3
these picss just make it look like a gay pimp-mobile
And a motherboard that glows in the frickn' dark doesn'n? :)

By phusg on 10/12/2006 6:40:38 AM , Rating: 2
Haha! I also like the way that the UV reactive slot 'feature' is implicitly deemed more important than onboard HD audio,
Other notable features include dual onboard Gigabit Ethernet, UV reactive slots and integrated high definition audio.

By Scabies on 10/11/2006 4:10:01 PM , Rating: 3
Once again, huzzah to DT for providing high rez images for our computer/electronics-pron needs

RE: !
By gersson on 10/11/2006 7:14:33 PM , Rating: 2
hehe yeah. I'm liking it a lot :)

RE: !
By BigLan on 10/12/2006 2:37:33 AM , Rating: 2
Shame it's a pretty lousy photoshop job with the white background. I'm not saying I could do better, but I could probably have managed something almost good, and I'm an accountant!
Now back to the pr0n...

RE: !
By JeffDM on 10/12/2006 10:53:22 PM , Rating: 2
At least it's better than I'd care to do it, unless it were my product. But I'd at least pay someone to do a good job of it.

DFI needs to grow up
By Operandi on 10/12/2006 1:22:27 AM , Rating: 5
DFI should drop the glow in the dark UV, the "LAN party" moniker and start marketing their motherboards to adults.

Explain to me...
By feraltoad on 10/12/2006 12:54:09 AM , Rating: 2
If that's a DFI LANParty UT RD600-T2R/G, then why does it say "CFX 3200 Intel" on those pics? Is ATI gonna keep the 3200 moniker for it's top tier boards even with a new chipset? Or is CFX 3200 the revision of the crossfire system?

RE: Explain to me...
By Russell on 10/12/2006 12:57:59 AM , Rating: 2
Intel as in Intel Edition, as there are Crossfire Xpress (CFX) 3200 AMD boards as well.

By GoatMonkey on 10/11/2006 2:44:45 PM , Rating: 1
Maybe it will be a great board initially, but I would not have a lot of faith in ATI putting in a lot of effort on future drivers though.

RE: Drivers
By Aeros on 10/12/2006 4:57:07 PM , Rating: 2
Been holding off on a C2Duo just for RD600. Then AMD bought ATI and the nerds at my local comp store said there would be no new ATI IE chipset.
Well I'm glad DFI atleast is going to make use of rd600 IE.I can only hope the chipset performs so well that others (i.e. Asus) create a design based on ATI's. Wish the ATI AMD thing would have waited till after RD600 was established since there is no current alternative to I965/975 that is in anyway appealing for crossfire. On top of that Intel roadmaps seem bleak with only refreshes of 975 and no new top tier chipset in the near future, and nothing for those who prefer ati video.

Never DFI again
By trabpukcip on 10/13/2006 2:28:02 PM , Rating: 2
I would never buy a DFI board again if my life depended on it.
5 months and there seems to be no fix for the hard drive controller problems on AMD CFX-3200 DR.
This board is stuck between a rock and a hard place the rock being the AMD/ATI merger and the hard place NVIDIA/ULI takeover.
Does DFI even have a AM2 based ATI board?

who cares
By 8steve8 on 10/11/06, Rating: -1
RE: who cares
By gersson on 10/11/2006 7:14:57 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe you don't care but many of us do.
Your post is pure BULL.

RE: who cares
By Goty on 10/11/2006 10:56:40 PM , Rating: 2
Good call on the BTX thing. It's not like Intel is going to scrap it by 2008 or anything.


RE: who cares
By 8steve8 on 10/12/2006 12:48:20 AM , Rating: 2
scrap meaning?

u know most non-laptop computers sold today are btx...

dell,hp,gateway etc use it almost exclusively...

so i dont see i dying any time soon,, but maybe they will introduce something new to replace btx.. anyway why does it matter if they scrap it in 2008, i was speaking of a board u can buy today.... do u think full size atx will be all that popular in 2008, or how about 2010?

RE: who cares
By JazzMang on 10/12/2006 10:43:04 AM , Rating: 2
scrap meaning its going to be killed, gone, gotten rid of, caput, etc...

BTX is slated to die in 2008. thankfully so.

RE: who cares
By 8steve8 on 10/12/2006 11:43:55 AM , Rating: 2
just like they scrapped atx? by making a better design available (btx).

RE: who cares
By JeffDM on 10/12/2006 10:36:34 PM , Rating: 2
No, Intel is going BACK to ATX as there primary standard. I don't think Intel really even scrapped the standard, they offered boards for both standards.

I've read all the Intel BTX docs when they first announced it. Back then, I wasn't convinced there was anything done with the standard BTX that couldn't be done by adjusting ATX instead of trying to redo it. I even have a computer that eerily had features that covered all the issues that they claimed BTX fixed, and fixed them in the ways BTX fixed them, but it's not the asinine flipped arrangement. As such, I'm still not convinced. I also wasn't convinced that the budget computer parts makers were going to go for retooling their dies to do this.

That is so cool....
By fzkl on 10/11/06, Rating: -1
RE: That is so cool....
By Missing Ghost on 10/11/2006 3:05:48 PM , Rating: 3
it's obviously just removed. You can see 4 places where it will attach.

RE: That is so cool....
By Puddleglum on 10/11/2006 3:08:43 PM , Rating: 2
It's cool to see how small the die is, but I expect the future snapshots of it will have a heatsink covering the NB.

RE: That is so cool....
By EarthsDM on 10/11/2006 3:25:44 PM , Rating: 4
No heat sink. Such a naughty Northbridge. So sexy when it's n3kid! ;)

RE: That is so cool....
By MarkHark on 10/11/06, Rating: 0
RE: That is so cool....
By Dianoda on 10/11/2006 3:32:56 PM , Rating: 2
I was thinking the same thing about the northbridge, but obviously DFI won't ship it without at least a heatsink, maybe even active cooling. Also, the location of the SATA ports could create problems, being right next to the third PCI-Express x16 slot. How can I load up my rig with 4+ hard drives when there's an dual slot R580 or R600 being used for physics in the way? Not like it will really matter for many; I know I won't be able to afford multiple R600s, but still. And yes, I noticed the 4 SATA ports rised off the mobo at the rear near center off to the right a bit. I'm being a bit nit-picky I suppose.
Oh, and about the 'drivers' (see comment below), this board is being made by DFI, and will use DFI bios. ATI doesn't make drivers for motherboards, they make drivers for graphics cards. All support for this mobo will come from DFI. Which may be good or bad, but will have little to do with ATI's drivers.
Hopefully RD600 lives up to the hype and performs. It's pretty unfortunate that it will most likely be the last northbridge from ATI for the Intel platform. Intel's Core2 really needs a decent platform for Crossfire support that can do Crossfire the way it should have been in the first place, with 2 fully funtional x16 PCI-Ex lanes and an internal physical connection between cards.

RE: That is so cool....
By Sumanji on 10/11/2006 5:17:12 PM , Rating: 2
ATI doesn't make drivers for motherboards, they make drivers for graphics cards. All support for this mobo will come from DFI.


Maybe you should mosey on over to the ATi website and have a closer read, sport... good luck getting a southbridge driver made by DFI ;)

RE: That is so cool....
By marscay on 10/12/2006 10:20:35 AM , Rating: 2
ATI doesn't make drivers for motherboards, they make drivers for graphics cards. All support for this mobo will come from DFI.

hahah lol

time to find a hobby which you have some clues about buddy

RE: That is so cool....
By MonkeyPaw on 10/11/2006 4:25:33 PM , Rating: 2
Personally, I would have preferred to see it with the NB heatsink attached, as I would like to know if it's a passively or actively solution (and I imagine I'm not the only one who's curious). I'm surprised the SB has a heatsink installed in the pictures, as it makes us wonder why the NB doesn't have one yet. If they would have pulled them both off, we probably would have never thought about it!

RE: That is so cool....
By qdemn7 on 10/11/2006 5:52:06 PM , Rating: 3
It's passive. The NB doesn't runt hot enough to warrant active cooling. See this thread at the Anandtech Forums:

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