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NVIDIA introduces the nForce 680i into the sub-$200 price territory

NVIDIA today announced its nForce 680i LT SLI MCP core-logic for the extreme gamer market sector. The new nForce 680i LT SLI introduces nForce 680i SLI performance and some features at a sub-$200 price point. NVIDIA’s nForce 680i LT SLI MCP slots in between the nForce 650i SLI and nForce 680i SLI MCPs, which had a price difference of over $100.

NVIDIA nForce 680i LT-based motherboards will support refreshed 1333 MHz front-side-bus endowed Intel Core 2 Duo processors, as well as all other Core 2-family dual and quad core processors. NVIDIA claims the nForce 680i LT SLI has “best-in-class processor and memory overclocking capability,” as with the nForce 680i SLI.

Gone from “Designed by NVIDIA” nForce 680i LT SLI based motherboards is the heat pipe chipset cooling solution. “Designed by NVIDIA” nForce 680i LT SLI based motherboards will only have independent actively cooled north and south bridges. Also gone from the nForce 680i LT SLI is the third PCIe x16 slot for future three-card SLI Physics support, however, there are still dual full-speed PCIe x16 slots for SLI compatibility.

“Designed by NVIDIA” nForce 680i LT SLI based motherboards are available immediately for approximately $200. “Designed by NVIDIA” board partners include EVGA and XFX. Expect unique nForce 680i LT SLI based board to launch at a later date from other manufactures such as ASUS, Gigabyte and others.



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cheeky blighters
By R3MF on 3/26/2007 1:46:55 PM , Rating: 1
who are nVidia to say what cooling a vendor can apply to their 680LT mobo?

and provided a vendor does their own board design, why do nVidia feel they can dictate the expansion slot arrangements.

i don't like this.




RE: cheeky blighters
By Anh Huynh on 3/26/2007 1:55:37 PM , Rating: 2
Because most of the "board makers" use NVIDIAs reference design, right down to the BIOS. ASUS, Gigabyte and such can do as they please because they do not sell rebadged reference boards.


RE: cheeky blighters
By R3MF on 3/26/2007 1:56:40 PM , Rating: 2
not to worry, found this at guru3d:

"It's also important to note that all 680i LT SLI boards won't have active cooling - it's not a requirement, but eVGA is going this route. It's very possible that other board manufacturers will use passive heatpipe cooling solutions for their boards as well. "


RE: cheeky blighters
By cochy on 3/26/2007 2:02:17 PM , Rating: 5
Ummm they don't.

Did you miss the part where it said “Designed by NVIDIA” ?
Vendors like Asus who design their own boards can add a cappuccino machine to the mobo, nevermind whatever cooling solutions they want.

“Designed by NVIDIA” is a reference design nothing more. However keeping all that in mind, the LT version still should be priced lower than the 680 SLI version. So if by adding a higher end cooling solution will bring the price too high then they probably won't add it.


RE: cheeky blighters
By lsman on 3/26/2007 3:49:17 PM , Rating: 2
The whole idea of "Design by NV" is for those 2nd tier makers and video card makers to relabel OEM NV mobo and sell it under their names.
This, for those who sign up this service, will get the rights to release the products right off the bat (even faster than 1st Tier)
It was said to be NV way to balance out the 1st tier who control 80% and give NV a way to push product that may otherwise not interested by the 1st Tier: 650i Ultra)

http://www.hkepc.com/bbs/itnews.php?tid=761887


Just in time for my upgrade
By cenobite9 on 3/26/2007 1:39:46 PM , Rating: 2
Been looking at putting together a new system for a while now. It's nice to know I have a cheaper option for a motherboard that still supports some high-end features.




RE: Just in time for my upgrade
By RMSistight on 3/26/2007 1:51:32 PM , Rating: 4
You should wait until 3rd quarter of this year to upgrade. There will be a mad price war going between AMD and Intel. The best part? Consumers win by paying lower prices.


DUDE!
By yacoub on 3/26/2007 2:24:31 PM , Rating: 4
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A little noun variety (eg "the board" "this motherboard" etc) would sure help the readability of that article. (Or are you trying a bit too hard for that natural page rank?) ;)




RE: DUDE!
By lplatypus on 3/26/2007 8:12:24 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
(Or are you trying a bit too hard for that natural page rank?) ;)

It's good of you to help out by repeating all those keywords again :-)


Where the hell is the 650i Ultra?
By Staples on 3/26/2007 10:37:21 PM , Rating: 2
I am still waiting for the damn thing. But from the looks of it, the P965 will still be as fast if not faster if it ever does come to market.




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