DFI Lanparty LT X38-T2R Motherboard
Packaging & Contents
Packaging & Contents
The Lanparty brand name has always been heavily associated with gamers, and the packaging on many of DFI's previous motherboards has certainly reflected this. Bright oranges and yellows combined with black backgrounds and artistic images of gamers playing at LAN's has always been the norm. However, with the event of the "LT" series, it certainly looks like DFI are going for a lighter, more professional approach...
While under most normal lighting conditions the packaging on the X38-T2R may look fairly average with its plain white background and light blue details, all it takes is the bright lights of a store window display to literally make the box sparkle. Looking up close at the surface of the box, we can see that DFI have actually gone to the trouble of embedding holographic speckles on all sides of the packaging, creating a rainbow effect of colour at various angles.
One of the major differences between the original LANPARTY series and some of its more recent successors (UT, DK and LT) is the amount of accessories included with the motherboard. Having owned an original Lanparty 875P-T, I remember being overwhelmed by items such as the cable sleeving kit, PC transporter, I/O breakout box, case stickers and the large quantity of UV cables. However, as we can see from the images above, the X38-T2R is slightly more modest in its offerings with all the accessories being packaged in a single box. Here's a run-down of exactly what's included:
- 4x UV Green SATA cables
- 2x UV Green IDE cables
- 1x UV Green Floppy Disk cable
- 2x Molex to SATA converter cables
- 1x I/O plate
- 1x Bernstein Sound Card
- 1x Lanparty Northbridge Chipset cooler.
- 1x Syringe of generic thermal paste.
- Manuals, Driver disks, RAID floppy disk
For the most part, the contents list is pretty standard and falls in line with offerings from other manufacturers such as Asus and Abit, but the X38-T2R does have a few tricks up its sleeve...
Probably the most important and positively refreshing of these "tricks" is the northbridge heatsink. Complete with heatpipes, a copper contact base and mounting braces for a 60mm fan of your choice, it's great to see that DFI are really listening to what enthusiasts want rather than just super gluing some kind of crazy heatpipe system to the board.
Next up is the Bernstein audio module powered by a Realtek ALC885 8-channel HD chip. While the card certainly didn't raise any hairs on our back where depth and clarity were concerned, the card does have one exceptional feature going for it.....it plugs into the motherboard via a small ribbon cable. Therefore it doesn't require any PCI/PCI-E slots for connectivity and can be located in almost any free expansion slot.
Most Recent Comments