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    EVGA NForce 680i SLI Motherboard

    Now that the NDA is gone here is the first impression of the EVGA NForce 680i SLI Motherboard

    A big thanks to EVGA Europe and to AquaPC

    The board is a Nvidia 680i reference card - made by NVidia to EVGA, a preferred lunch partner


    In this first part, I will show you a few pics, Bios screens and first results

    I'm still using a HD that I have used with a board with Intel chipset that not allow to fully use NTune..

    Setup:
    - EVGA NForce 680i SLI Motherboard
    - E6700 ES B1
    - Tuniq Tower 120
    - TeamGroup 5300
    - Seasonic 600w

    Board just out of the box


    Mounted with Tuniq Tower


    Some bios screens - a few suprises

    General Menu


    Now a very nice feature - the board have 2 separeted PLL's : one for CPU FSB, other for memory speed - so they can be controled and raised independently



    Memory timmings :


    And now some voltages :

    VCore up to 1.8V - very cascade friendly


    VMem up 2.5V


    VCPU FSB


    The board allows also to contro many more voltages.

    Finally temperature monitoring (hope can read very low temps)



    And now the first results - still with limitation of non clean Window with no nTune to raise FSB



    4Ghz ar cooled, so easy - 1st try :


    More FSB, and memory speed in "Unliked" mode - in this case at 1100Mhz 4-4-4-12



    More memory bandwith with much less CPU speed ( latest version of CPU-Z still not read memory speed and timmings)

    The 3 slots PCI de 16X are really asking me that I mount the 2 EVGA's 8800GTX in SLI

    More results with the next few days - SLI and real cold comming


    To be continued ..

    This is Pedro Rocha over and out
    Last edited by Pedro Rocha; 11-07-2006 at 08:47 PM.

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    OK, a few updates ..

    First to nice features do Bios

    This EVGA motheboard allow the enable/disable of all cores - even for Quad Cores owners :



    The System Clocks section of the Bios is also very feature rich - in Auto boost the PCIes to 125MHz ..




    Before mount on phase change I decide to test the mobo with 2 EVGA 8800GTX - ALL AIR COOLED - here is a photo :



    As you can see I unsing all the PCIe plugs of my TAGN 900W - quad rail

    Now some 3D benching with booth cards stock cooler and moderate overclocked

    2001


    More than 1.000fps on Nature with stock cards and CPU air cooled - nice

    2005


    And finally 2006


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    I decide to mount the EVGA NForce 680i SLI Motherboard and 2 the 8800GTX in my Vapochill LS

    As you can see not may space problems on the space around the socket -a clear advantage over the P5W DH where the mounting of the Vapochill clamshell is much more dificult considering the components around the socket






    Bord turn om, the contact seems good and it read negative temps - here they are (with default voltage, of course)




    Photo of the board mounted in the Vapo with a Lian Li PC60 midle tower.




    Superpi with 1.75v VCore , muti 11X and memory "unliked" at 1100Mhz 4-4-4-12



    And for some 3D benching, with the graphics card on air with modearae OC ..with no tweaks at all, inculding load

    3D Mark 2006


    An amazing gain over the X1950's in Crossfire with same cpu seed - more 5.000 Marks

    3D Mark 2005


    A gain of around 3.000 Marks over X1950's in Crossfire with same cpu seed

    And 3D Mark 2001


    2001 are not yet fully tweaked by any means.. just a quick run


    That is for now.

    Now is time to find the right tweaking for this setup before put it on the cascades

    This is Pedro Rocha over and out
    Last edited by Pedro Rocha; 11-11-2006 at 02:05 PM.

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    YES!! Been waiting for this review for a while. Now crank up that FSB.

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    That is what I hoped for. While I have never purchased an evga board before this one sure looks nice.

    Looking forward to more information.
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    is that vcore right? 1.7+? that is a lot for sp1m at 4GHz

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    Nice board there Pedro

    X16 on both black PCI-E slots?

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    sweet love the independent cpu/mem control

    from what you can see, are the NB/SB mounting holes standard widths ? suited to 3rd party coolers ?
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    nice review,

    watch your MCP temp, i have another 120 fan on it XD

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    Impressive for eVga. Looks good and performs pretty well. I can't wait for more results
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    Nice work

    Whts the Max FSB u were able to get on it ??
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    Quote Originally Posted by ANP !!!
    Nice work

    Whts the Max FSB u were able to get on it ??
    i'm soooo tempted to order it now!!

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    I am debating on finalizing my order..........273$ for just the board with S&H.

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    Argh I must resist but dam that board looks sweet.

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    in cart.....thinking about it..
    im hating that guaranteed 15% restocking fee at mWave. thats $40+ to get a "better" board.

    problem is that I have a feeling these will be 279+ minimum by tommorrow afternoon.
    this is def the early-bird special if you will.

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    ahh phooey, I ordered it. Now on to finding decent RAM and decided either 6600 or a 6400

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    Nice stuff Pedro! U the man... u read my mind.. i woke up this morning in serach of a review for the 680i! You answered my prayers! Keep up the good work and let us know where ur FSB adventures take you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Senater_Cache
    in cart.....thinking about it..
    im hating that guaranteed 15% restocking fee at mWave. thats $40+ to get a "better" board.

    problem is that I have a feeling these will be 279+ minimum by tommorrow afternoon.
    this is def the early-bird special if you will.
    i'm thinking it's gonna go up by morning too but i wanna be how high it's gonna clock first.and we gotta think about stability too here

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    well it is already doing above 400 so that is all I need for my 3.6

    I dont like the non-solid caps and the wierd I/O panel placement (by IDE)

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    Fugger bought his from frys in Vegas and said he can do 530FSB. Now you have to figure thats right out the box, no mods & no optimal settings since no one knows enough about the board to set it up perfect right now
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    Can we see more memory bandwith results and more information of FSB ,everest iz crap use sandra please.

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    Max fsb please


    Quote Originally Posted by AndreYang View Post
    wtf..your cpu is better.

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    Step over up to at least 500+ FSB, you might hit a few dead spots along the way.

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    well i need a mobo, what to do, go for that one today, or wait for teh asus version?

    what do you think?

    Shall i dare to try something new coming from evga (foxconn)?
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