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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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3 PCI Express slots
By perrywilson78 on 10/13/2006 5:02:05 PM , Rating: 2
I have an evga board with 3 pci express x16 slots. Two are for SLI and the third is for a single vider card. I think that is what they are going for on this board.

RE: 3 PCI Express slots
By perrywilson78 on 10/13/06, Rating: -1
RE: 3 PCI Express slots
By Bladen on 10/14/2006 12:07:23 AM , Rating: 1
Most normal (non-retarded) SLI/Crossfire boards use the PCIe16 slot that is closest to the CPU, of the two.

RE: 3 PCI Express slots
By JWalk on 10/14/2006 12:28:20 PM , Rating: 2
I have owned an evga SLI board as well, and I agree with you. The three slots are just an easy way to switch on and off SLI. If you are using one card, you put it in the middle (blue) slot. If you are going SLI, you use the two outside slots. It takes away the need to switch jumpers on the board for SLI. Evga and Jetway both used this arrangement on their AMD-based SLI boards.

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