quote:Any idea if there are mATX boards using any of thse new chipsets on the way?
quote:However, it should also be pointed out that a second X6800 GPU would not overclock 1 MHz higher
quote:The 680i Does NOT require active notrthbridge cooling and is shipped as a passive heatpipe design. At 80nm it is much cooler than the 130nm nVdia chipsets. The fan you see in the pictures is an included accessory for massive overclocking, much like Asus includes auxillary fans in their top boards.
In our testing we really did not find the stock fanless board much of a limitation in overclocking as the northbridge did not get particularly hot at any time. We installed the fan when we were trying to set the OC record and left it on for our 3 days at 2100 FSB. Since it is a clip and 3 screws to install we left it on.
quote:As it stands now, do you expect the performance of the 650i Ultra to perform identical to the 680i SLI?
quote:Great Review... When can we expect the cheaper 650 boards?