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Date: March 1st, 2004
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: DFI
<---Shop for the DFI Lanparty PRO875B Canterwood Motherboard


PRODUCT COMPOSITION (cont'd)

The included accessory kit contains:

-Two SATA data cables
-One SATA power cable (don't know why they wouldn't included two),
-An optional gameport adapter which connects directly to the motherboard
-A digital audio output bracket
-An I/O rear shield plate
-Generic thermal grease

You also will get a FrontX(tm) front connection panel which fits in your standard 5 1/4" drive bay. This peripheral is great for easy connection of all your joysticks, headphones, digital cameras and CD players.

One update from the first revision is the relocation from the troubleshooting LEDs from the motherboard to an insert which can be installed into the FrontX multimedia panel. Now although I find this quite useful and the relocation just makes convenient sense, the overall aesthetics needs to be looked into. The FrontX was a great idea two or three years ago when beige computers were pretty well the standard, but today, beige is regarded as the antichrist to enthusiast computer builders. DFI needs to rethink and somehow locate this very handy diagnostic device to a part of the computer which can be used by users with all case types and colors.

Rounding out the endless accessories are the included orange, rounded, UV reactive floppy and ATA-133/100/66 cables. I thought they looked sweet in normal lighting, but switching off the room lighting and switching on a UV cold cathode lamp and the true aesthetic potential of these cables lights up the room.

Oh wait, did I say "UV reactive"? The cables aren't the only part of this motherboard that glows, but you will have to wait till I bring this motherboards unique characteristic to the limelight or should I say "orangelight" ;).

 

 


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