A couple of months ago when the GeForce 8800 was released NVIDIA provided us with an eVGA nForce 680i SLI mainboard for testing purposes as well. Better late than never but I still wanted to do a review on this mainboard as it really is the platform of choice right now if you are into high-end performance, features and most of all tweaking.
We started using this mainboard pretty much the minute we received it which was early November and ever since it has become the #1 mainboard for testing graphics cards. Intensely stable, hefty tweaking features and massive performance... these are the three things I immediately think about when we talk about the 680i mainboards. Obviously... it's the sum of all things... you have to have the high-end processor, PSU, graphics card and memory yet with these three ingredients you can achieve rather spectacular miracles.
Today we'll give you the long awaited overview of the nForce 680i mainboard as manufactured by eVGA. We'll slap it with the latest high-end gear and do a couple of overclocking sessions to show where performance is at. The funny thing is that we'll be managing that overclock session with passive water-cooling.
The 680i mainboard is the nForce 590 replacement model, which, on it's end, is a nice improvement over the still wildly popular nForce 4 series. What makes this product series better then? Well a maximum performing chipset guarantees you the best tweaks & overclocks compared to the previous generation chipset, as well as a bucket load of cool features we have seen on the AMD version of the nForce 590 board like "SLI Memory" compatibility, "FirstPacket technology", TCP/IP acceleration and also the option for connecting SATA drives in RAID configurations.
In this review we'll have a brief overview of that technology and obviously the cool and hip features as I just mentioned above. Also we'll have a look at some really cool new Dominator DDR2 memory from Corsair in combination with a rather impressive Core 2 Duo Conroe X6800 processor running at default on a 1066 MHz front side bus.
As stated we'll do something special though and that special factor is that we'll passively water-cool this processor mounted into this NFORCE 680i SLI mainboard to see if we can still overclock it. The last generation and direct competing product for this setup obviously is the AMD version of the NFORCE 590 SLI mainboard equipped with an AMD FX-62 processor. Will this system be able to beat that twice as expensive solution performance wise? We'll have a look for sure.
EVGA nForce 750i SLI FTW For The Win review eVGA decided to make a new cheaper mainboard opposed to 780/790, designed it l33t, sexy yet offer two or maybe three features less than these sub 300 USD counterparts. And they named their new baby the eVGA nForce 750 FTW. Where FTW literally means "For The Win". Now if you send a product with "FTW" in the actual name then as a company you need to have some pretty big balls, as any reviewer will see if that product lives up-to the reputation. You know what, you need balls as big as an NVIDIA colored bull.
NVIDIA eVGA nFORCE 680i LT SLI Let me put it simple .. The 68i SLI LT mainboard is a regular 680i SLI mainboard in all it's ways yet to cut costs there have been several functions stripped. For example .. you'll have to miss out on the 3rd "graphics" PCI-Express slot (the 8x one), you'll only have one GBit/s Ethernet connector, you lost the passively cooled SSP and MCP, it's now done with active fans, you loose LinkBoost and some tweaking options in the BIOS. Other stuff you'll miss are the black PCB, diagnostic LEDs, reset and power off/on micro switches in the mainboard PCB and some other small stuff. We'll explain ... click me !
eVGA nForce 680i SLI mainboard review We started using this mainboard pretty much the minute we received it which was early November and ever since it has become the #1 mainboard for testing graphics cards. Intense stability, hefty tweaking features and massive performance. These are the three things I immediately think about when we talk about the 680i mainboards.