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nVidia nForce 680i SLI Chipset - Core 2 Enthusiasts Dream?

By: Cameron Johnson | Intel CPUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Nov 20, 2006 5:00 am

Test System Setup


Processor: Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 (Supplied by Intel)


Memory: 2x 1GB DDR2-1066 Corsair (Supplied by Corsair)


Hard Disk: 500GB Seagate 7200.9 SATA (Supplied by Seagate Australia)


Graphics Card: nVidia GeForce 7800GT


Cooling: Gigabyte 3D Galaxy 2 (Supplied by Gigabyte)


Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP SP2


Drivers: Intel INF, nVidia ForceWare 93.71, nForce 9.53 and DX9c


Today we put the brand new nForce 680i motherboard up against the Intel P965 from Gigabyte in the form of the impressive DQ6 and the nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition from ASUS in the form of the P5N32-SLI Premium/WiFi-AP.


Today we want to see just what this new chipset can do and how the increase in FSB affects the overall performance.


Let's get started and see how nVidia's latest Core 2 chipset performs against the established chipsets from Intel.


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SiSoft Sandra (System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is a synthetic Windows benchmark that features different tests used to evaluate different PC subsystems.



At default speeds the nForce 680i has just a slight lead, when overclocked we see the performance increase of being able to clock the FSB and RAM independently with rather impressive scores.

EVGA nForce 680i SLI Mainboard (122-CK-NF68-AR) Motherboard


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