It is evidently clear here that Nvidia has put more on the table than we could have expected for a chip that is supposed to go on boards for the sub US$200 price mark. We have seen cut downs in the past which have really left a sour taste in not only our mouths but the mouths of motherboard makers too. This is not the case with the 680i LT.
680i LT is simply what the market wants, it is the P965 chipset for Nvidia, while it does not have the same extra features as the high-end 680i SLI, it does have most of what you are going to want - such as two PCI Express x16 slots running at full speed and the ability to run a third graphics card for dual monitor or physics. It may not officially support it, but DFI has managed to get around this.
DFI's incarnation simply astounded us. It is packed with features, and comes with more than we could have hopped for in terms of the future expansion. Nvidia does not allow for a third PCI Express x16 slot on the LT series chips, but DFI has managed to give us a third nonetheless, allowing extra monitor support or a physics engine to run, the choice is yours. It has basically designed the board using the cheaper LT chipset but with about the same amount of features as the SLI version.
As for overclocking, well if you can get this high with the early revision chipsets, what can be had with the later ones built on better silicon and more time with the BIOS? We are hoping to see 680i LT match 680i SLI in terms of overclocking like P965 has done to the 975X, making the need for such a chip redundant in the grand scheme of things.
Nevertheless, we are happy with what DFI have done with the LANParty UT NF680I LT SLI-T2R motherboard and it will probably be one of the better 680i LT products on the market for some time to come. You are paying extra for this DFI LANParty solution but if you have some extra cash to spend, you are getting some extra features included.
Incredibly fast for a mid-range chip
Overclocking is better than any mid-range board we have seen
Third PCI Express x16 slot for physics, good on you DFI
PCI Express x4 slot for RAID cards
Dual Gigabit LAN
Impressive cooling setup
6 phase digital PWM
Two extra SATA ports
Expensive for 680i LT range
Availability low at this stage
Rating - 8.5 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Best Performance Award!
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications]
- Page 3 [Inside the Box]
- Page 4 [Motherboard]
- Page 5 [BIOS and Overclocking]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Test System Setup and Memory Performance]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - PCMark]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - WorldBench]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Adobe Premiere Elements]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - HDD Performance]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - 3DMark06]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - Prey]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - Far Cry]
- Page 14 [Final Thoughts]