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eVGA nForce 680i SLI Motherboard. Image courtesy of AnandTech Forums
nForce 590 SLI reborn

An image of an upcoming NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI based motherboard has been leaked on the AnandTech forums. DailyTech previously reported NVIDIA was replacing its nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition with the nForce 680i SLI.

The motherboard is manufactured by eVGA and appears to be an enthusiast offering. It packs three PCI Express x16 slots, two PCI Express x1 and two PCI slots. While two of the PCI Express x16 slots are full-speed with sixteen lanes, it’s unknown what the lane configuration on the third slot will be. With three PCI Express x16 slots it appears NVIDIA may be taking on ATI’s triple-play physics processing architecture.

Other notable features of the nForce 680i SLI motherboard include 1394a, onboard high definition audio, dual Gigabit Ethernet and a heat pipe cooler for the MCP and SPP. It is unknown which high definition audio codec is used on the upcoming motherboard. Nevertheless, it will most likely be an ever-so-popular Realtek high definition audio codec.  

Performance and overclocking information on the upcoming nForce 680i SLI motherboard is unknown at the moment, though the thread originator promises more details next week.  eVGA is expected to ship the 680i motherboards in bundles with the upcoming GeForce 8800 series video cards at launch.

Update 10/13/2006: This image was sent out by NVIDIA PR to various sites. The motherboard is manufactured by Foxconn as eVGA does not have production capabilities like ASUS, XFX and Gigabyte.

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What is That?
By tripomarto on 10/13/2006 4:47:14 PM , Rating: 2
Looking the picture i notice something below the NB Heatsink, anyone knows what is that?

RE: What is That?
By webdawg77 on 10/13/2006 4:54:38 PM , Rating: 2
It looks to be a LED that can display two digits. It's probably related to MB error codes.

RE: What is That?
By tripomarto on 10/13/2006 4:58:49 PM , Rating: 2
nono, i was referring below the NB heatsink, not below de SB heatsink

RE: What is That?
By Serlant on 10/13/2006 4:59:40 PM , Rating: 2
looks like a fan header too me

RE: What is That?
By tripomarto on 10/13/2006 5:05:05 PM , Rating: 1
RE: What is That?
By BillyBatson on 10/13/2006 9:35:16 PM , Rating: 1
looks to me like empty space with the nvidia logo

RE: What is That?
By johnsonx on 10/13/2006 10:16:39 PM , Rating: 3
Looks like some sort of mounting point for a vertical fan bracket.

RE: What is That?
By shecknoscopy on 10/14/2006 5:59:32 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, I think it's just the base of the NB heatsink itself. It looks continuous with that black radiator monstrosity, and affixed to the mobo itself with three pegs.

RE: What is That?
By clevere1 on 10/13/2006 9:48:23 PM , Rating: 3
Damn that's a big heatsink on the bridges.

RE: What is That?
By Xavian on 10/13/2006 11:53:09 PM , Rating: 2
Considering how hot nvidia's Northbridge is on recent Nforce boards, im really not surprised at its size.

It is MUCH better then the active-cooling solution used in previous Nforce boards.

RE: What is That?
By mindless1 on 10/14/2006 5:07:58 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe better, or maybe competing with a similarly monster-sized CPU 'sink. IMO, half the problem with the active 'sinks was easily fixable if manufacturers took some notes from those building quiet->silent PCs, to use thicker, lower RPM quality fans.

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