Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Tech Link (Motherboard): eVGA 680i LT SLI Motherboard Review

This new motherboard is the newest member of nVidia's reference board geared for the enthusiast. While I prefer Intel-branded chipset-based motherboard, when it comes to native SLI, it's the only choice for now. LegitReviews pit the board to several benchmarks and the author came out with good conclusion. Check this one out...

Final Thoughts and Conclusions
The nForce 680i LT SLI motherboard brings the performance of the 680i SLI motherboard to a lower price point by removing a few components and limiting some of the features that are found in the BIOS. While many of the luxury features that are used on the 680i SLI have been removed, we found that the performance and level of overclocking between the two boards to be too close to tell a a difference.

There really isn't too much more to say about the nForce 680i LT SLI as there isn't really anything new about the product itself! NVIDIA wanted a part that would fill the void between the 680i and 650i and the 680i LT SLI does just that with a reasonable price-tag for the performance level that is offers. At $199 this board will peak the interest of many gamers that want to have a board that supports SLI Technology!

The only gripe that I have with the 680i LT SLI is the active cooling that is used on both the SPP and MCP, which seems inadequate from our testing. When overclocking I used my infrared digital laser pyrometer to find out the surface temperature of the SPP and was shocked with the findings. Under load when the SPP heat sink was found to be 55-60C, which is too hot for my tastes.

At first it looked like NVIDIA was going to neuter a perfectly good board, but it seems that the Testosterone is still present and this 680i LT SLI is by no means a dog!

Legit Bottom Line: The NVIDIA nForce 680i LT SLI motherboard brings the performance of the 680i series down to ~$199 without taking away significantly from the level of performance and overclocking one would expect from these boards

Source:eVGA 680i LT SLI Motherboard Review

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