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


First Impressions

The packaging for the Infinty is eye catching without being over the top like the fluorescent green of the DFI Lanparty's packaging. Along with a sharp looking Infinity logo, the artwork on the front also contains the CMOS Reloaded logo, as well as a logo for DFI's Super Patch which claims to "open the secret door for overclockers"

Contrary to what most of you are thinking, the Super Patch actually isn't a fancy term for PAT-enabled. It's more of an overclocking for dummies kind of thing. More to come in the BIOS section.

The included bundle is pretty weak. So weak that I actually forgot to take a picture of it. I was going to go back at this point and take one, but to be completely honest, it's undeserving. The bundles includes: 1 Driver/Application CD, 2 SATA cables, 1 IDE Cable, 1 Floppy Cable, 1 Backplate, 1 Mobo Diagram sticker, 1 Bare No Frills Manual (Nothing on BIOS Settings minus CMOS reloaded) and 1 Raid manual and driver disk.

Now admittedly DFI is going to take the brunt of some pent up frustration here from past motherboards, but does it not bother anyone else to only ever have 1 IDE cable included with a motherboard? Every computer built today must come with at least one optical drive as well one hard drive. Running both on the same channel kills transfers between the two devices, so anyone sensible will have to go out and pick up a second cable. Mind you cables are pretty cheap, but I'm sure DFI can get them cheaper than I can at the local computer shop. So why be el cheapo's? Make with the secondary cable already!

Now I'm sure I'll get lots of people emailing me going on about SATA and how only optical devices should need to use IDE channels now. The fact is however that at least 80% of people out there are still using IDE drives. I'm sure there are a lot more people who have retired their floppy drives though. If you want to get rid of a cable, dump that one. But alas, this is neither the time nor the place to discuss the slow transition from ATA to SATA. I guess after wading through DFI's Lanparty bundle I am just disappointed to see them revert back to their bare bones OEM days.

The Board

The board is a nice deep shade of red that would match most ATI and MSI video cards. Aside from that though, everything else is pretty much the standard colors.

The backplate connector comes fully stocked with almost all of the included options. That includes all of the extra sound connectors that are difficult to find on any budget board. Along with the five inputs, DFI also included RCA inputs and outputs, which although not digital, are very much appreciated.

The north bridge cooler is passive and quite minimal. For those doing only moderate overclocking this shouldn't be a problem, as Intel north bridges typically don't run as hot as those of the AMD platform cousins. It is good to see that DFI was able to relatively center the heatsink so that the chip was actually placed in the thermal "putty".

DFI also does a nice job of keeping most of the major onboard connector to the upper backside of the motherboard. This definitely makes for hiding away those ugly cables a little easier.

Finally, DFI was also able to avoid the plague of many a motherboard. As you can see here, by leaving just enough room between the AGP and DIMM slots DFI has enabled you to add/remove RAM from all four DIMM slots without have to first remove your video card.

Kudos to DFI on this one for creating what is the first board I've ever reviewed without a major layout flaw.

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