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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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By gramboh on 10/13/2006 8:54:03 PM , Rating: 4
Triple play is useless (at least to me, for now), but I am interested in the nice looking passive cooling on the NB, hopefully it works well. Gonna wait on my C2D build to see how this thing performs OC and feature wise.

What is with 2 PCI slots on most boards and losing one in SLI/Crossfire? Why can't they add a few more onto the bottom of the board? Is it because the ATX spec requires the board a certain size and there is not enough room? The only PCI card I use is my soundcard but it would be nice to have more room. Or Creative Crap Labs could just make a damn PCI-e 1x card already.

RE: 680
By Wwhat on 10/13/2006 10:48:34 PM , Rating: 4
Yeah there should be pcie audio cards already this is ridiculous.
In fact there should be pcie version of all the old pci cards, it's 2006, welcome to now.
On the plus side, I see there is now a selection of SATA optical drives finally, and some of them are only slightly more expensive than the IDE version:

Asus (ASUSTeK) DRW-1612BLT
LiteOn SHM-165S6S-01C / SHM-165S6S-11C
Samsung SH-W163 / SH-S183A

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