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True to the majority of MicroATX motherboards we are presented with a complete all-in-one motherboard that only needs memory and a processor to run. The onboard GPU will handle video output so once you hook up the rest of your peripherals you’ll be ready to start computing. This is where most motherboard makers would stop but instead DFI is giving us the full power of the 790GX chipset including 2 16x PCIe video slots, full CrossFireX, and Hybrid CrossFire for those of us on a budget. Combine that with 6 SATA ports, RAID and digital audio and you have the makings of a tiny little workstation.
Overall we really enjoyed the LanParty Jr 790GX-M2RS, performance was great. There is no surprise that the Phenom processor is a major pain to overclock, despite our splurging on the Black Edition. Though after a few tweaks and adjustments we were able to post a nice 3Ghz overclock that was only limited by our cooling method.
The future is unclear for the LanParty Jr but personally we feel there is an untapped market for the MicroATX form factor so we hope to see more items like this in the near future.
As with all of our LanParty board reviews we have a grip of glamour photos of the 790GX under the purple glow of UV
CrossFire support (Hybrid and CrossFireX)
Onboard Graphics (HD 3300)
Did we mention the board is small?
Limited room for large heatsinks
Onboard video switch difficult to access
If you go CrossFire that will be all the cards you can install