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NVIDIA's nForce 680i LT will slot between the nForce 680i SLI and nForce 650i SLI

NVIDIA is set to release one more nForce 680i variant that is slightly cheaper than the nForce 680i SLI. The cut-down nForce 680i will carry the nForce 680i LT SLI name and target extreme gamers. NVIDIA will manufacture the nForce 680i LT motherboards for various motherboard manufacturers.

Unlike the heat-pipe endowed nForce 680i SLI motherboards, nForce 680i LT SLI-based motherboards will have active cooling. Instead of support for DDR2-1200 memory, NVIDIA has limited the memory controller to DDR2-800.

Front-side bus speeds up to 1333 MHz remains supported. It is unknown if the nForce 680i-series will be compatible with Intel’s upcoming Conroe refresh.  The nForce 680i LT SLI will continue to support NVIDIA’s SLI multi-GPU technology as well.

NVIDIA cut back networking features as well; nForce 680i LT SLI motherboards will only have one Gigabit connector instead of two. Last, nForce 680i LT SLI motherboards will only support eight USB 2.0 ports instead of ten.

Expect nForce 680i LT SLI-based motherboards to launch in early March.

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650i board?
By Lazlo Panaflex on 2/8/2007 4:05:02 PM , Rating: 2
Weren't they supposed to release a budget 650i board (with one 16x PCIe slot) as well? WTF?

RE: 650i board?
By amdsupport on 2/8/2007 4:19:46 PM , Rating: 3
They already have.
Asus has a board for sale already on newegg.

RE: 650i board?
By Lazlo Panaflex on 2/8/2007 5:30:18 PM , Rating: 2
Ah, I see. Thx man


RE: 650i board?
By Jason H on 2/8/2007 7:27:52 PM , Rating: 2
That's the 650i SLI. I believe The 650i Ultra with one X16 slot will be out within a month or two.

RE: 650i board?
By amdsupport on 2/8/2007 9:42:50 PM , Rating: 2
The 650i SLI and 650i Ultra are the same chipset ...the only difference will be the physical inclusion of the extra PCIe slot and stickers.

for what its worth, the 650i SLI bumps the slots down to 8x each in SLI mode so its not like it really has 2 16x slots anyways...

not worth it, in my opinion, to get the 650i Ultra unless its going to be dirt cheap (in comparison to the 650i SLI) with good options.

RE: 650i board?
By Jason H on 2/8/2007 11:40:52 PM , Rating: 2
I know it's the same chipset; I meant the board. Personally I'm waiting for ASUS's Ultra for my new build as I don't need SLI and would rather have 1 or 2 more PCI or X1 slots.

RE: 650i board?
By Visual on 2/9/2007 5:11:22 AM , Rating: 2
the second 16x slot will work with 1x cards just fine... so i agree with the previous poster - an ultra version would really have to be quite cheaper to be worth it.

RE: 650i board?
By tuteja1986 on 2/9/2007 3:27:47 AM , Rating: 2
I would just end up buying a Gigabyte DS3 motherboard intead. Awesome overclocking motherboard. Also i hear the new updated revision has 1333 support at the 401. Otherwise i would just end buying Asus 650i motherboard.

RE: 650i board?
By R3MF on 2/8/2007 5:10:25 PM , Rating: 2
who the hell are nvidia to say whether a board manufacturer cannot use decent heatpipe cooling on a 680i LT board?

RE: 650i board?
By Axbattler on 2/8/2007 7:59:49 PM , Rating: 2
I doubt this is something they are imposing. I reckon that those specifications are just for their reference board, and I would expect motherboard manufacturers to have the option to add a heatpipe, third party gigabit controller, etc. as they see fit.

RE: 650i board?
By R3MF on 2/9/2007 5:49:14 AM , Rating: 2
cheers, lets hope so.

who is really going to want to spent £100+ on a 2x 16SLI board with wanky 40mm fans buzzing away on it?

RE: 650i board?
By johnsonx on 2/9/2007 3:52:10 AM , Rating: 3
Quoth the article:

NVIDIA will manufacture the nForce 680i LT motherboards for various motherboard manufacturers.

Quoth the Raven:


where are they?
By Pwnt Soup on 2/8/2007 5:34:34 PM , Rating: 2
maybe its just me, but where are all these boards? have a look at any online store and there are maybe 3 boards using 680 chipsets and 1 using 650, so where are the others? do other mfgs know something we dont? why would they be holding off on this chipset if its so great?

RE: where are they?
By Webgod on 2/9/2007 10:21:08 AM , Rating: 2
Asus has two boards, and the rest of them are supposed to be an NVIDIA reference design. Gigabyte has one on the way, with GA-N680SLI-DQ6 with Dolby Digital Live. MSI has another one on the way, the P6N Diamond, with a Creative X-Fi chip on it.

So far the verdict is that it's not so great. Check out the EVGA message boards and people are going nuts with problems with the 680i. Some people get an apparently defect free board/chipset, while others have a consistent set of problems, non-overclocking related. Problems like PS/2 ports not working right, Serial ATA bugginess with errors in the Event Viewer, and recent probs with an X-Fi which have mostly been fixed with a BIOS update.

IMO, they're not putting out BIOSes fast enough and supporting this well enough for me to want to buy one. I will be saving my $250 until they get it pefect. They [NVIDIA] are biting the hand that feeds them.

RE: where are they?
By Pwnt Soup on 2/9/2007 6:16:51 PM , Rating: 2
thanks for the link, i was looking at getting a 650 and a 4xxx as my next system, maybe i'll wait it out a bit more

By Aikouka on 2/8/2007 2:39:18 PM , Rating: 4
I think the most important aspect here is price. How much will the savings be between the 680i SLi and the 680i LT SLi. If it's only $30, I'd rather just "go for the gold" and have extra features that I may end up using (as Murphy's Law works, if you buy a board with less features rather than with more features, it always seems that you'll need more than you have :P).

By Russell on 2/8/2007 4:13:31 PM , Rating: 4
I hope this is substantially cheaper. The 680i's price is just too damned high.

By gramboh on 2/8/2007 5:37:19 PM , Rating: 2
Anyone know approx. how far off Bearlake chipsets are?

By customcoms on 2/8/2007 11:38:29 PM , Rating: 2
I believe late Q2 or Q3 2007. I wouldn't expect anything before June really...maybe a couple months earlier if we are lucky.

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