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DFI LanParty UT NF4 SLI-DR Product Tour

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DFI LanParty UT NF4 SLI-DR Power Connectors
LanParty UT NF4 SLI-DR Power Connectors

LanParty UT NF4 SLI-DR Power Connectors

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As computers become more powerful, they also have used up more and more energy. In order to supply sufficient power, new power connectors are being added to the boards. This was originally done through the 12V ATX 4-pin power cord added by Intel. This was not powerful enough for some of the new systems, so now a new 24-pin main power line is being used over the older 20-pin ATX design. This new design is referred to as the ATX 2.01 power standard.

Since the DFI LanParty UT NF4 SLI-DR is designed to drive a lot of high powered components, the board uses this new 24-pin power connector. It is possible to use the board with an older 20-pin ATX power connector, but the system may not be as stable. It is also possible to use a power adapter to covert two 4-pin Molex connectors to the additional 4-pin block on the power connector, but it is not recommended.

Two additional power connectors are featured on the motherboard. One is a floppy power connector and a 4-pin power connector. These are designed to provide additional power to the components when the computer system will be using dual PCI Express graphics cards. If power connectors are not installed to these during an SLI configuration, the system loses a lot of its stability.

Those planning on using this board should be advised to have at least a 500W or higher power supply that uses the new ATX v2.01 standards, the 24-pin main power connector and preferably has dual 12V rails.

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