Once again we have an in-depth review of a motherboard. This time it's the nForce 680i LT SLI chipset. Keep reading for what you've come to expect in these analyses, a thorough examination with testing. We'll see if this board can match performance with other top of the line chipsets.
We have taken a look at the midrange nForce SLI chipset, the Asus P5N-E SLI, and now we will take a look at the former chipset's bigger brother, the nForce 680i LT SLI chipset. This is a full-featured board with what is supposed to be great performance. This isnít the top of the line chipset, but is very close. It is the same chipset with a few features chopped off -- or are they? This is a very exciting chipset and motherboard to review, so letís begin now.
What you get
You're not missing anything here. You get the works in terms of accessories. Itís nice to see a motherboard fully stocked, but then again this isnít a budget motherboard. You donít get shorted on SATA cables, thatís for sure. Letís take a look at the board. It's what you really want to see.
This is your typical nVidia reference board. nVidia creates their own motherboard and distributes it to other companies so they donít have to develop their own boards. Companies such as EVGA or XFX mainly make graphics cards, and donít want to spend the time to develop their own. This is why you may see many boards identical to this. Letís talk a little about the chipset in this board.
Like I said earlier, this board has the 680i LT SLI. This is a lower end version of the 680i SLI chipset, but still a lot better then the 650i SLI chipset. Both 16x PCI-Express slots will run at 16x bandwidth when they are both being run with SLI. The LT version has two fewer USB ports and no dual Ethernet ports. It is also missing a few onboard features such as L.E.D. post codes, speaker, and Power/Reset buttons. In short, there is nothing that would create any big differences in the performance of this motherboard.
This board will support all of Intelís new CPUs out of the box. This isnít a big deal now, but might be in the future. In case you donít follow technology that much, Intel is releasing a whole bunch of new native quad core CPUs. These and the latest speed bump from Intel will run on a higher 1333 MHz bus. These new CPUs will probably require a new BIOS update to get the CPUs to work out of the box. This is not a problem unless you donít have another CPU laying around. This motherboard is more future proof than other boards. I feel this is a nice little feature that should be worth consideration.
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