Features: nForce 600i Platform

While our testing will concentrate on the EVGA 680i motherboard designed by NVIDIA, it is important to point out that 680i is a member of a whole new family of NVIDIA chipsets for the Intel Socket 775 platform.

NVIDIA Intel Chipsets
Market Segment Chipset Price
Hard-Core Enthusiast nForce 680i SLI $249-$299
Performance Gamers nForce 650i SLI $149-$199
Mainstream Gamers nForce 650i Ultra $99-$149

Across the line NVIDIA emphasizes that buyers can expect spectacular overclocking with their new 600i Series motherboards. Other features are basically a refinement of the feature set introduced with the NVIDIA 550/570/590 series this past summer. These include DualNet, Massive RAID 5, FirstPacket, and MediaShield which will be discussed in more detail in the features section. The 600i family also fully supports Intel Core 2 Extreme (dual & quad), Core 2 Quad, and Core 2 Duo processors.

NVIDIA nForce 600i Family Specifications


Index nForce 680i Platform
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  • MikeyC - Friday, November 10, 2006 - link

    I'm looking forward to this. Any idea on when you guys will have the bin numbers for the different rates of OC-ability? I'm planning on OCing my e6600 on this board this weekend; I'll post up my numbers if that'll help. Reply
  • Gary Key - Sunday, November 12, 2006 - link

    We have not figured it out yet. Two CPUs from the same week and they both act differently during overclocking. We are still working with NVIDIA on this matter. Reply
  • Joepublic2 - Friday, November 10, 2006 - link

    965 and 975 boards to my knowledge don't support a FSB/mem ratio smaller than 1:1. Does this chipset have the right multiplier to use DDR2-400 while retaining a 1066Mhz FSB? Reply
  • Gary Key - Friday, November 10, 2006 - link

    The memory settings are sync or async capable on this chipset if you unlink the FSB and Memory in the BIOS. So the answer is yes to your question but believe me this chipset needs good DDR2-800 to get the most out of it. A 1T command rate can make a significant difference in several applications and games. We already found a 4FPS difference in Q4 at 1280x1024 with DDR2-800 at 1T instead of 2T as an example. We will have more on this in our actual board review. Reply
  • Joepublic2 - Monday, November 13, 2006 - link

    I was asking mainly because a conroe board that could run a 4:3 FSB/mem multiplier could be an even better overclocker than the 965. One would only need RAM that could hit DDR 752 for a 500Mhz FSB for example.

    A great review as always!
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  • VooDooAddict - Friday, November 10, 2006 - link

    Any idea if there are mATX boards using any of thse new chipsets on the way? Reply
  • Gary Key - Friday, November 10, 2006 - link

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    Any idea if there are mATX boards using any of thse new chipsets on the way?


    There is the possibility of the 650i Ultra being on a mATX board in late January. However, the suppliers might wait for the new NV Intel IGP chipset coming in Q1. We should have more information in December.
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  • BadThad - Thursday, November 09, 2006 - link

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    However, it should also be pointed out that a second X6800 GPU would not overclock 1 MHz higher


    Should be CPU, the X6800 is not a GPU, lol.
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  • Wesley Fink - Friday, November 10, 2006 - link

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  • yacoub - Thursday, November 09, 2006 - link

    Do all of the 680i SLi boards require active cooling on the northbridge? That's actually a deal-killer for me, as motherboard fans are about the worst ones out there anymore since they're small, fast-spinning (and due to those two characteristics they are noisy), usually short-lived, and I've yet to see one that is dynamically controlled by the temp of the northbridge.

    I'm guessng 650i boards don't require active cooling, but are any of the 680i boards using a non-reference design sporting completely silent cooling?
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