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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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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

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