First off, this board is about USD$20 more than the SLI-DR, the same variant from a different family. This difference should drop in a few weeks since this board is extremely new and thus commands the premium. The performance of this board is quite good for a new board since it is already very close to a matured board such as the SLI-DR We can only expect the performance to go up in the coming months. The onboard Audio quality is another plus point as it easily out-matches the onboard sound of the other boards such as the SLI-DR.
While DFI seems to have done a great implementation of the RD480 chipset (as you can see from the abundant options in the menu), there are some kinks that may not look so attractive for the board. The overclocking ability pales in comparision to the SLI-DR board and this is disappointing. I'm hoping for improvement once a newer BIOS comes along. The second let-down of this board is the USB performance which is signifcantly slower. This may or may not be an important factor depending on how much you use the USB for file transfers.
A board for those who want to go alternative... and for those intent on running Cross Fire, this is. For the die-hard overclockers on a single card configuration, their board this may not be.. at least until the overclocking is investigated more on and improved.
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