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NVIDIA GeForce 680i Motherboards Do Not Support Quad Core Yorkfield

NVIDIA nForce 680i Motherboards Do Not Support Quad Core Yorkfield

You may've heard the rumors too, but I waited on purpose before posting this one. It's now confirmed by NVIDIA what's up with 680i motherboards supporting the new quad core Yorkfield processors:
The (680i) MCP fully supports both dual core Wolfdale and quad core Yorkfield, but at the board level, a motherboard circuit change is required for quad core YF.
All NVIDIA nForce 680i motherboard owners should have in mind that their current mainboard won't support Yorkfield, probably not even if a new BIOS is released. Hardware modification is needed, which most likely means you have to buy a new motherboard.Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA bringing in 3-Way

NVIDIA is getting its 3-way SLI ready for its November 12th launch. To run your own 3-Way SLI setup you will need the following three things. First, you will need the upcoming 3-way SLI drivers. Second, you will need a 680i SLI motherboard or a soon to be released 780a/780i SLI motherboard that must include at least 3 PCIe x16 slots. Third, you will need to have three GeForce 8800 GTX or 8800 Ultra graphics cards(It is a necessity to have 2 SLI connectors on each card). Lastly you will need a 3-way SLI bridge card. Interestingly it looks like the upcoming G92 won't support 3-way SLI because it only has one SLI connector per card.

DFI LAN Party UT NF680I LT SLI-T2R Announced

DFI, the most enthusiast-oriented motherboard designer announced today the self-designed and manufactured LANParty UT NF680I LT SLI-T2R and has launched it into the market with a brand new package design. This motherboard adopts NVIDIA's NF680I LT SLI northbridge and MCP55P southbridge chipsets and furnishes both SLI and Physics rendering solutions. Moreover, it offers the highest-end 6 phase digital PWM technology. The UT NF680I LT motherboard features unique heat pipe cooling solution for the North Bridge. DFI also offers a particular copper-sink for the South Bridge. The DFI LP UT NF680i LT SLI motherboard includes all the features that gamers and enthusiast would ever need: EZ On/Off and EZ reset, that allows you to OC without a chassis. Further, the EZ Clear is the easiest way to clear the CMOS without opening the chassis. Additionally all DFI LAN Party UT NF680I LT SLI-T2R motherboards will come with customized and tweaked BIOS, which will give full control and overclocking potential of your system. It is certain that this model offers many new elements to satisfiy all high-end users.

Source: DFI

DFI Launches LANPARTY UT NF680i LT SLI-T2R Series

It looks like that DFI Corp. has released new motherboard featuring NVIDIA's nForce 680i LT SLI chipset and NVIDIA MCP55P southbridge. The LANPARTY UT NF680i LT SLI-T2R mainboard supports all Intel Core2 Duo/Quad/Extreme, Pentium D and Intel Pentium 4 processors with 1333/1066/800MHz FSB. There are also 3x PCI Express x16 slots: two x16 slots for SLI and one x8 for future physics cards. Click here to read the full motherboard specs.

Source: DFI USA

Important Message Regarding Memory and the EVGA 680i Motherboard

NVIDIA has investigated end user reports of high performance DIMM failures on the NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI-based platforms. During this process we have been in close contact with DIMM manufacturers and the DRAM manufacturers they rely on to understand the failure scenario. By working with our community, we believe that the observed failure is a breakdown of the silicon in the DRAM caused by the prolonged application of 2.4V on the voltage rails of the DIMMs. NVIDIA’s own internal testing has observed this failure on multiple motherboards using different chipsets (both NVIDIA and non-NVIDIA chipsets). This issue is not directly related to motherboards using the NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI MCP or other chipsets. If you are using this type of memory and are experiencing this issue, NVIDIA recommends contacting your memory manufacturer or system manufacturer for additional information and warranty information.
Source: EVGA

XFX Debuts New nForce 600i Series Motherboards

XFX debuts its all-new 600i Series Motherboards, designed for gamers by gamers. Our 680i SLI and 680i LT SLI motherboards feature everything you want, and nothing you don’t. The result? Gravity-defying graphics and sound quality that will have your neighbors ducking for cover.
The XFX 600i Series is comprised of the 680i SLI and the newly released 680i LT SLI. Both motherboards fully support all Intel Socket 775 including Intel Core 2 processors with 1333FSB. Both motherboards also follow NVIDIA's reference board design and features, so they don't distinguish much from the 680i boards currently in the market. To learn more about the XFX nForce 600i Series Motherboards go to XFX

EVGA ships "Designed by NVIDIA" nForce 680i LT SLI motherboard

Brea, California and Munich, Germany - March 26, 2007 — EVGA Corporation, one of the leading-edge 3D processor and motherboard manufacturers, announces the latest addition to its line of high-performance SLI-ready motherboards, the EVGA nForce 680i LT SLI. En-gineered for the Extreme Gamer, this motherboard features the powerful NVIDIA® 680i LT SLI MCP which is specified to run up to 1333MHz front side bus (FSB) and beyond. Award winning NVIDIA® overclocking tools provide a complete kit of tools giving everyone from the most veteran enthusiast to the novice overclocker the ability to unleash the hardware in their PC. Available March 26th, 2007, the EVGA nForce 680i LT SLI motherboard brings performance and x16 SLI power at a $199.99 retail price.

NVIDIA Launches nForce 680i LT SLI Edition

NVIDIA has updated its line of motherboard chipsets with the release of nForce 680i LT SLI Edition chipset. The 680i LT is cut-down version of the nForce 680i flagman. The main difference between the two chipsets is the lack of third PCI-E physics slot, which is not presented in the 680i LT model. Other specs remain the same. Motherboards equipped with the 680i LT chipset should cost under $200. EVGA was the first NVIDIA partner to release motherboard, which follows NVIDIA's reference nForce 680i LT design. Reviews of the EVGA motherboad also surfaced all over the big hardware sites.

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Alienware Offers Overclocked Quad-Core Desktop PCs

For a limited time only, customers will have the option of choosing overclocked quad-core processor in the Area-51 7500 desktop. Alienware increased the clock rate of the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 from the default level of 2.66GHz to 3.2GHz. This helps ensure even faster and smoother performance when running the latest games and other demanding applications independently or simultaneously. Other specs of the desktop platform are fully customizable and include NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI motherboard, standard 1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz (up to 4GB), NVIDIA GeForce 7950GT with 512MB of GDDR3 memory or dual NVIDIA GeForce 8800GTX 768MB GDDR3 video cards in SLI mode, optional AGEIA PhysX physics card, up to four 7200 or 10000 rpm hard drives in RAID 0 or 1, integrated 8-channel sound blaster or Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi, 1000W power supply and AlienIce 3.0 high-performance cooling. The new limited Alienware Area-51 7500 high performance PC starts at $2,199 USD.

Source: Alienware

XFX to release nForce 680i SLI LT mobo

XFX to release nForce 680i SLI LT motherboard

XFX was showing off an unreleased nForce 680i SLI LT motherboard on its stand at CeBIT. We reported some info about NVIDIA's upcoming 680i SLI LT chipset a while back and it looks like manufacturers are catching on. It is also interesting to see more and more companies from the video card business enter the motherboard segment too.

The sample from XFX looks very similar to the reference NVIDIA board.Source: Bit-tech

CeBIT: Picture Galore continues

Commodore Gaming PCs Revealed

After more than two decades, Commodore is looking to get back into the market with it’s line of high-end custom gaming PC’s, going head-to-head against the likes of Alienware, Falcon Northwest, and Voodoo PC. Commodore will be offering four different PC models from the entry- to high-end level, named the Commodore Cg, Cgs, Cgx, and Cxx respectively. The initial hardware specifications for the ‘extreme level’ Cxx flagship system are as follows: Intel Core 2 Quad QX6700 2.66GHz quad-core processor, an Asus P5N32-E nForce 680i SLI motherboard, 2x 150GB 10,000 RPM SATA drives in RAID 0, with a spare 500GB 7,200RPM SATA drive, 4GB (2x 2048MB) Corsair 8500C5D Dominator memory running at 1066 MHz, 2x NVIDIA 8800 GTX 768MB videocards, a Creatve Labs X-Fi Xtreme Gamer, 1000W ICE Cube power supply, and Windows Vista Ultimate. All Commodore gaming PC’s will come with two-year warranty on parts and fully personalised custom chassis paint.Source: Primotech

MSI P6N-Series: nForce 680i and up to four PCI-E slots

Usually I would have presented the Press Release right here. Instead I will write about it with my own words because at the moment you won't find the English Press Release only the German one which horribly translates using Google or something similar.
So now to the facts: MSI today presented it's P6N-Series for Socket 775 Intel CPUs based on the nForce 600i chipsets. The flagship is the P6N Diamond featuring four PCI-Express slots (2x PCIe x16 and 2x PCIe x8), two Gigabit-Ethernet ports, 5x SATA II connectors (Raid 0,1,5,JBOD) and Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Xtreme 7.1 Kanal Audio implemented onboard. It comes together with a rather hefty price tag which reads around 300 Euros.

AnandTech managed to test the P6N SLI Platinum a day after the Press Release. Get yourself some popcorn and a Coke and enjoy the review.
[Update]Source: MSI Germany and AnandTech

nForce 680i LT SLI for Hardcore Gamers on March 12

As CeBIT is approaching, more and more new products are being finalized for launch. Along with MCP68 chipset, NVIDIA is going to launch the nForce 680i LT SLI chipset at the event, primarily targeted at hardcore gamers, whereras the current 680i SLI chipset is targeted at hardcore enthusiasts. nForce 680i LT SLI boards will be some US$50 cheaper than the 680i SLI boards, where the MSRP is around US$199 compared to US$249+.

The main changes are that nForce 680i LT SLI reference boards will come with active cooling instead of the heat-pipe design currently used on the 680i SLI reference board, a green PCB instead of a black PCB, will support DDR2-800 instead of DDR2-1200 SLI memory, 8 USB 2.0 ports instead of 10, one Gigabit Ethernet instead of two, two PCIe x16 slots instead of 3, and without all the neat stuff like LED POST codes, Power/Reset buttons and Speaker.

NVIDIA mentioned that overclocking on 680i LT SLI won't be as good as the 680i SLI, but there are strong reasons to believe that the chipset is basically the same unless the company has done some sort of sorting/binning on the chipsets. Will this be the budget OC king?

Source: VR-Zone

NVIDIA to Launch nForce 680i LT SLI Chipset

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. The nForce 680i LT SLI will continue to support NVIDIA’s SLI multi-GPU technology, but only one Gigabit LAN and eight USB 2.0 ports instead of ten will be presented. NVIDIA nForce 680i LT SLI-based motherboards are expected to ship in early March.Source: DailyTech

NVIDIA nForce 680i BIOS Updates

This morning, NVIDIA and its partners released a new system BIOS for the NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI "Designed by NVIDIA" motherboards. These are the motherboards designed by NVIDIA and sold by EVGA, BFG, Biostar, and ECS. This BIOS update eliminates a bug related to the operation of SATA hard disk drives experienced by some customers. The bug is specific to these "Designed by NVIDIA" motherboards, and is not present on any other NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI motherboard, nor is it present in our MCPs (chipsets). Please click here and choose the manufacturer of your motherboard to download the appropriate update. NVIDIA strongly recommends that all customers upgrade their motherboards to this new BIOS, regardless of whether or not they have experienced this bug.Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA nForce 680i SATA Problems Fixed?

After [H]ard|OCP has published an article that discusses NVIDIA's nForce 680i chipset problems, NVIDIA stated that they have a BIOS for the reference 680i motherboards design that they "believe resolves the SATA problem." EVGA and others are working with 680i motherboard owners to validate if the fix actually works for all of those folks having issues. The P23 BIOS for EVGA motherboards can be found here for download.Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA nForce 680i Chipset Problems

Hard|OCP has published an article that discusses NVIDIA's nForce 680i chipset. While this chipset is known to most as the best clocking Intel chipset on the market, some have grown to hate it because of frequent BSODs and errors.
To be succinct, some nForce 680i motherboards have SATA issues. Data seems to get corrupted for no reason causing BSODs and corrupted hard drive errors. Obviously there is a reason, but the problem to the end user may seem very sporadic. The problems are severe enough that they can render a new system build useless. Talking to NVIDIA about this, we came up with the answers to a few questions, but no solutions.

Yes, NVIDIA is aware of the 680i issue and has been able to recreate it in their test labs.

Yes, NVIDIA is working to fix this.

Yes, NVIDIA states it is not a hardware issue, but rather a driver issue so we are all hoping for a fix.
Source: Hard|OCP
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