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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [10.24.05]
Manufactured by: DFI



The current record-holder in our labs for NF4 boards is the Abit AN8 SLI. It was able to achieve a 275 MHz FSB with all other settings lowered. That was with a Winchester 3000+.

We have a new CPU used in our motherboard reviews now; a Venice core Athlon64 3000+. The memory we're using is good for up to 440 MHz, so we're going for top FSB speed here, not necessarily top processor speed.

With the new setup, the Infinity NF4 was able to run stable with a FSB of 289 MHz. We could get into Windows at 300 MHz, but it was unstable under all the settings used. 310 MHz would POST, but it could not boot into Windows.

I have to say, DFI impressed me with this board. Sure, it won't win any beauty contests. In fact, it is downright ugly with its tan PCB and awkward looking layout. However what counts to hardcore overclockers is stability and overclocking ability. In these regards, the NF4 Infinity delivers in spades.

DFI has provided overclockers and tweak freaks with a board that offers a ton of options and features, but comes with no 'bells and whistles' that they don't need. And the price is right, as this board can be found for under $90 at most locations.

If you are concerned about using an NFORCE4 Standard chipset on your system, don't be. Any advantages NF4 Ultra had are negated - SATA300 doesn't offer much of a performance increase over SATA150, and ethernet hardware acceleration has been broken since the introduction of the chipset, so performance isn't stellar there either.

Any complaints I have are somewhat minor. I hate the generic AC'97 integrated audio, but that is the case on the vast majority of NF4 motherboards (and motherboard in general, in fact). I can't excuse a motherboard maker for not colour-coding the front panel header, especially when they were one of the first to do so regularly, as DFI was. Also, including no USB brackets is a pet peeve of mine, but probably keeps the price of the board down. Also, no fan settings are available at all. It's obvious DFI is reserving those options for their higher-end boards.

Thankfully, the NF4 Infinity more than makes up for these drawbacks with excessive memory tweak options, and excellent overclocking ability.

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  • All the performance for a fraction of the price of an NF4 Ultra
  • Excellent overclocking performance
  • Enormous amount of memory tweak settings
  • Looks great if you love BROWN

  • Missing features from other DFI boards, like CMOS Reloaded and Fan settings
  • Front panel header not colour-coded or labeled well
  • No USB brackets included
  • The chipset fan is quite likely to be the loudest fan in the entire PC using this board