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DFI introduces TransPiper version 2.0

DFI introduces TransPiper version 2.0

DFI Transpiper version 2 - now with two heatpipes that get cooled outside of your case.

Never one to be outdone by anyone in the crazy stakes – enthusiast motherboard maker, DFI, has tweaked its already crazy TransPiper cooling system for its motherboard with a more enthusiast friendly approach.

What DFI has done is to balance the benefit of heatpipes, but also include the ability to customise how the motherboard is cooled. For starters, the rear fins that sit outside the case and are cooled by the rear exhaust fan now have two heatpipes, instead of one, and secondly DFI has worked with Thermalright to include an interchangeable north bridge cooler.

As standard, a small aluminium block sits on the north bridge and a small passive cooler is then clipped to the top, but DFI demonstrated that by buying an additional Thermalright north bridge cooler, it could be interchanged with very little effort offering far better cooling.

Obviously, this is at extra cost, but it’s still cheaper and less time intensive than finding replacements for all the heatsinks the heatpipes cover. In addition, when you’re already spending an arm and a leg on its X48 board and DDR3; the best is already being bought so it’s a no brainer extra to add to that where possible.



In this respect, we think DFI is certainly shooting in the right direction – when you’re looking at the the compound benefits of all these extras, features like this and the core features you’d exepct from DFI – the eight phase digital PWM and incredible BIOS options should all add to the experience.

Alternatively, DFI has its own Nvidia nForce 790i SLI board in the works which should also come with the Transpiper cooling – it also includes all the popular feature like Bernstein audio, eight phase digital PWM, eight SATA 3Gbps ports, all solid aluminium capacitors, dual Gigabit Ethernet and 3-way SLI as you’d expect.

For those without hundreds to spend, the P45 T2R also looks like an interesting proposition – DDR2 based and with the Intel P45 chipset it doesn’t feature the Transpiper but still gets the orange and black DFI treatment and copper heatpipes to match. This board still has a four phase digital PWM with 16 mosfets, but expect the usual enthusiast grade DFI BIOS support.

By the looks of things it features an awesome looking layout and also claims to have dual PCI-Express 2.0 x16 CrossFire (although we expect that to be two electrical x8 slots), two types of Rear I/O S/PDIF, a single Gigabit Ethernet, 100 percent Japanese capacitors and the usual onboard power/reset switches. It’s not bling flashy like a Republic of Gamer or Quantum Force board, instead it’s stylish and subtle and as a DFI you’d expect it to run like turd off a stick. We’ll be sure to get a board and find out the exact details for you!

In the meantime, let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Mankz 7th March 2008, 13:21 Quote
I do hope they don't shove an extra £40 onto the cost jsut for the thermalright branding..
[USRF]Obiwan 7th March 2008, 15:26 Quote
Dear Bit-tech editors. Can you please make the images clickable for a full/larger size view?
kenco_uk 7th March 2008, 15:42 Quote
http://www.bit-tech.net/news_images/2008/03/dfi_introduces_transpiper_version_2/dfi4.jpg

Looks cool - I can see it might be a bit tricky to get into a case (feeding the external sink through the space for the blanking plate). Must have a special sort of blanking plate, too.
Tim S 7th March 2008, 16:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by [USRF]Obiwan
Dear Bit-tech editors. Can you please make the images clickable for a full/larger size view?

I'm going with what I'm supplied with at the moment, but I understand what you're saying - Rich is working his nut in Germany trying to get as much news out from the show as possible within the limited hours he's got (he's in meetings 9-6 with no lunch break and then has to find time to eat and sleep) ;)
Redbeaver 7th March 2008, 16:15 Quote
DFI FTW!!!

wow, DFI 790SLI... somehow it reminds me of DFI's Nforce4 days all over again :D
OdDBaLL_MoD 7th March 2008, 16:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by Redbeaver
DFI FTW!!!

wow, DFI 790SLI... somehow it reminds me of DFI's Nforce4 days all over again :D

Tell me about it, i'm still running on a DFI SLI-DR here...
Bindibadgi 7th March 2008, 17:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by [USRF]Obiwan
Dear Bit-tech editors. Can you please make the images clickable for a full/larger size view?

I would if I had time - I'm doing 18-20 hour days out here and I just don't have the energy right now. If there's anything you want specific pictures of let me know and I'll dig them out and make them large for you next week! Just shoot me a PM :)
Tyinsar 7th March 2008, 18:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tim S
... Rich is working his nut in Germany ...



:)




(sorry, I need more sleep)


The hard work is appreciated.

.
[USRF]Obiwan 8th March 2008, 09:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi


I would if I had time - I'm doing 18-20 hour days out here and I just don't have the energy right now. If there's anything you want specific pictures of let me know and I'll dig them out and make them large for you next week! Just shoot me a PM :)

Cool! i will
WalleyM 8th March 2008, 09:56 Quote
good thing for DFI ! defently ,
bubsterboo 8th March 2008, 12:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tile
For me this begs the question: how on earth do you get around mounting it in the case with that heatsink sticking out.

It's just like the version i have on my sig board. Its detachable. And you attach it through the included atx panel plate. After your board is mounted. Then it goes down over your power supply for the airflow.

Edit: The old version can go over the powersupply for airflow. This version looks like it's meant to go above the atx plate, where most cases have a fan.
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