DFI LAN Party PRO875B - Page 8

..:: Conclusion ::..

Well, we’ve seen all that the DFI LANParty PRO875B motherboard has to offer when it comes to performance, features, overclocking, and more. Now, it is now time to round it all up into a nice summary and call it a day. Let’s start off with the usual topic of overall stability. The DFI PRO875B’s stability was very good, even when placed under the intensive overclocking and stress tests that we ran it through. During our testing period, we came out with no instabilities to note throughout our period testing the board. As usual, I have been running multiple distributed computing programs in the background while gaming and working with other processor intensive applications for several days non-stop to give you a general idea. We hope this is a trend that DFI can continue.

Overall, the layout of the DFI LANParty PRO875B is one of the cleanest and most well thought out designs that I have dealt with in recent times. There are very few problems with the design that I was able to find, although the area around the i875P Northbridge is quite cramped. The fact that DFI decided to place the core voltage supply components along the top edge of the PCB only aids in further cleaning up the overall design of the motherboard, while at the same time allowing for better positioning of the secondary four-pin core power connector. The only odd aspect I noticed about the PRO875B was the odd positioning for two of the fan headers. One is located right next to the processor socket, although it isn’t meant for the CPU fan, and another is located under the last PCI slot which makes it rather difficult to get to unless you’re utilizing a fan with a long power cable. Other than this minor issue, the design of the Pro875B is immaculate, and the designers at DFI have done a superb job.

The DFI LANParty PRO875B comes along with quite a nice feature set and product package. I would’ve liked to see some additional IEEE1394 support offered by the PRO875B, although given the items that DFI includes in the product package such as the PC Transpo and FrontX unit, this is easily made up for, although users who utilize IEEE1394 devices will need to find another way to connect their devices to the PRO875B, likely by an expansion card. The far and above most disappointing factor about the product package of the PRO875B are the terrible, to put it nicely, manuals and user guide. Why DFI would manufacturer a high end enthusiast board like this, and then include virtually null and void documentation of the BIOS and other installation aspects is beyond me. Hopefully, DFI will correct this problem with future motherboards. Just because a product is aimed at the high-end crowd with experience doesn’t mean a first time builder won’t want to look at the PRO875B, something DFI has seemed to overlook. The software suite for the PRO875B is fairly good, although we have seen some better software options included with competing i875P products.

DFI has not let down the overclocking crowd when it comes to the system BIOS as they have offered VCore settings all the way up to 1.975V, VDimm up to 2.9V, and AGP voltages up to 1.8V. With settings such as these, DFI has positioned the PRO875B against the enthusiast motherboard competition very well indeed. DFI’s CMOS Reloaded is a useful feature as it allows the end user to save a given BIOS setup and gives them the ability to restore those settings automatically at any point. This is good for those users who look to attain the highest level of performance for intensive applications, but when needed are looking for pure stability. These users could save both a BIOS tuned for performance, and another tuned for stability. Overall, the PRO875B comes with an excellent BIOS, with very few areas that need, or could be improved.

Well, to sum up my feelings about the DFI LANParty PRO875B, I’d say that this has been one of the best motherboards to work with. It has been quite some time since I have been able to thoroughly enjoy all aspects of testing and overclocking for this review. The stability of the system even when placed under heavy stress and high frequencies was terrific, the overclocking was competitive with the best motherboards that have entered our hands, and the performance was above that of our Intel D875PBZ, a motherboard we have come to know for its solid performance. Would I recommend the PRO875B? You bet I would, but on one condition. If you’re a new builder looking to get into the high-end crowd right away, you’re either going to need to do some studying up on the various BIOS settings and system setup before you consider this board, or you’re going to need to look elsewhere. The documentation is not up to snuff for new users, although those with experience will not need it. The PRO875B is currently running for roughly $179.00. This price is quite high, although it still remains competitive with the motherboards that are geared towards the same crowd. The i875P motherboards have never been cheap, and the high-end boards have always run for more than a few extra pennies than they are sometimes worth, but the PRO875B is certainly worth your hard earned cash with all of the extras it comes with. The DFI LANParty PRO875B has earned a total of 90 points out 100 on our scale and has earned a ranking of Excellent. I’d like to thank DFI for all their help in supplying the motherboard for review, and thanks to all of you for reading! We’ll be running a giveaway for this motherboard shortly, so be sure to check back for updated information on that!

- Stability: 20/20
- Design: 18/20
- Features: 15/20
- BIOS: 9.5/10
- Overclocking: 9.5/10
- Performance: 18/20
Total: 90/100 Points - Excellent