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Reviewed by: Trevor Flynn [01.16.04]
Edited by: Carl Nelson
Manufactured by: DFI


To Infinity....and Beyond!

With the release of their Lanparty series of motherboards, DFI was able to do accomplish what many other manufacturers have failed at and switched directly into the mainstream enthusiasts market from the low-end OEM sector. The Lanparty lineup, with its huge bundle and UV reactive cables and slots, was certainly unique and quickly caught the attention of the enthusiast community.

With the release of the Infinity lineup of motherboards, DFI is hoping to once again garner the attention of the industry with a shiny new nugget of uniqueness in CMOS Reloaded.  This time however the goal isn't the high-end enthusiasts market.  Instead DFI is hoping to break into that all important midrange sector from which the majority of all computer hardware is sold. 

The motherboard we'll be looking at today is the DFI Infinity 865PE.

The Specs

The DFI Infinity 865PE Ships with the following features:

CPU: Socket 478 for Intel Pentium 4 Processors (HT Support)
Chipset: IntelĀ® 865PE / ICH5-R RAID-T
FSB: 533/800 + Northwood 400Mhz
Memory: 4 DDR SDRAM PC3200 with Dual Channel Support, 4GB Max
Onboard IDE: 2 x E/IDE Ultra DMA/100, 2 x SATA RAID 150. 6 drives max
USB: 8 x USB 2.0 ports, 4 onboard, 4 with included back plate connector
Onboard Audio: 6 channel C-Media CMI9739a integrated sound
Onboard NIC: 1 x RTL8119S Gigabit Onboard NIC
Onboard Firewire:3 x IEEE 1394 ports, 1 on-board, 2 with included back plate connector
Expansion Slots: 1x AGP 8x/4x, 5 x 32bit PCI

For a full list of features you can check out DFI's website.


There are a couple of interesting things to not about the specs.  First is the inclusion of the onboard Gigabit LAN which is always appreciated on a low to midrange motherboard. Secondly is the lack of PATA Raid. This however is common with motherboards in this price range, and as a consolation, the Infinity does offer SATA Raid functionality.

The biggest and newest feature offered up with the Infinity motherboard however is CMOS Reloaded.  We'll get into a in depth look at its functionality in the BIOS section of the review.


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