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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  • davidos - Wednesday, November 08, 2006 - link

    Great Review... When can we expect the cheaper 650 boards? Reply
  • Gary Key - Friday, November 10, 2006 - link


    quote:

    Great Review... When can we expect the cheaper 650 boards?

    December for 650i SLI and January for 650i Ultra.
    Reply
  • jackylman - Wednesday, November 08, 2006 - link

    Why no power consumption tests? I mean, we know the NFurnace is a power hog, but numbers would be nice.

    A review from another site has the NFurnace consuming about 25W more at idle than a P965. Buy one now and save on your heating oil bill!
    Reply
  • Wesley Fink - Wednesday, November 08, 2006 - link

    The upcoming 8800 review reports power consumption of the 8800 on the 680i. We figure a 680i with 8800 SLI and phyics processor should draw enough power to light San Jose :-) ALL the first DX10 video cards will likely require huge amounts of power.

    We will compare 975x, 965, and 680i chipset on power consumption and add it to the review later this evening.
    Reply
  • jackylman - Wednesday, November 08, 2006 - link

    Awesome, thank you! Reply
  • Gary Key - Sunday, November 12, 2006 - link

    Hi,

    I decided to run the power tests with a typical high-end setup in a case. We are still working on getting down to the board level properly but these numbers should give you a good indication of the results to date.

    X6800, 2GB Memory, 8800GTX, 2 Optical drives, 2 320GB Hard Drives, USB Floppy, Cooler Master Stacker 830 case with 4 120mm Fans, Tuniq 120 Cooler, SB X-FI.

    Idle - Power Savings Off

    680i SLI - 242W
    590SLI - 236W
    975X - 221W
    P965 - 218W

    Full Load -

    680i SLI - 324W
    590SLI - 331W
    975X - 313W
    P965 - 309W

    We should have some overclocking and SLI numbers by the end of the week.
    Reply
  • gramboh - Wednesday, November 08, 2006 - link

    Been waiting for this chipset/mainboards to come out for a while, might finally be time for C2D build (with G80!)

    Thanks for the review.
    Reply
  • BladeVenom - Wednesday, November 08, 2006 - link

    Nice review. Any idea as to when these should start to shop up at retailers? Reply
  • Wesley Fink - Wednesday, November 08, 2006 - link

    The EVGA boards are supposed to go on sale today. We have reports they were on the shelves at Frys last night.

    nVidia says partner boards will be available beginning today, and ODM boards should start appearing in early December.
    Reply
  • hubajube - Wednesday, November 08, 2006 - link

    They're on sale at Newegg right now. $270. Reply

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