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DFI LP DK 790FX-M2RS AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard
  • AMD 790FX
  • Phenom / Athlon 64 X2 / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64
  • DDR2 800

2 out of 5 eggs Lots of bugs. 2 have had hardware failures 04/05/2009

This review is from: DFI LP DK 790FX-M2RS AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard


Diagnostic LED, good features, overall. Probably a great motherboard when it works. Works with Ubuntu (I run Intrepid Ibex 64-bit). Performs well.


My first one died after a week and Newegg was awesome and returned it quickly. My second one died a month after arriving. Now I'm dealing with DFI for RMA and they're rude and unhelpful.

There were also a lot of stupid bugs. For example, the motherboard won't boot when my IOGear GCS1764 is plugged into it. It'd throw a USB device error. Dozens of other systems have no problem with the KVM, though. I didn't have my motherboard long enough to troubleshoot it and look for a solution.

I run Vista 64-bit and Ubuntu 64-bit. Vista can't shutdown properly. It'll shut down and then post C1, a memory error. I then have to unplug the power cable and then it'll boot just fine. The problem doesn't occur in safe mode or Linux. I am using good OCZ Reaper memory modules. I've installed the latest drivers from their sites and reformatted my OS to make sure no old drivers were installed.

Other Thoughts:

The SATA ports are awkward and don't accept cables with clips...without forcing them in and hoping they don't pop out (the springy clips on most nice aftermarket SATA cables put outward tension on cable, making them come out easier than normal cheapo SATA cables) .

I didn't personally like their overclocking software. There's no BIOS mode wizard for % overclock like most companies have. You have to either use poorly documented Windows software or set all the settings manually.

DFI's RMA and tech support are jerks.

I probably will never buy another DFI board again. They're unhelpful and don't take any responsibility for finding a solution. They keep blaming someone else for their boards having electrical failures and their driver bugs.

If your product either doesn't even power on or doesn't work in Windows, how can you blame other people? How can a motherboard company not take responsibility for their products under those scenarios

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  • Steven B.
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