XFX 680i LT SLI Motherboardccokeman -
Price: $184.99 USD
XFX makes motherboards? Why yes, yes they do! You have known them in the past for their Nvidia video card lineup. Now we can see if their successes on that front translate into success on the motherboard front. The XFX 680i LT SLI is one of the latest offerings from their motherboard lineup. This board is promoted towards high end pc users and gamers that want performance on a budget, not as a hardcore enthusiast board. That distinction falls to the 680i SLI model. The 680iLT chipset has been called the "lite" chipset because it is supposedly a stripped down lower cost version of the 680 chipset. Does that translate into lower performance? We shall see. This board features Quad core support,1333 fsb, 800mhz DDR2,2 x16x Pci-e slots for SLI configurations. In other words support for the latest Cpu's ,memory and graphics solutions. Having had the opportunity to use some of the latest 680 chipset offerings on the market I am curious to see how the LT version on a true Nvidia reference design holds up.
XFX is a division of PINE technologies. Formed in 1989 and based in Hong Kong, PINE is a leading designer and manufacturer of high quality video and audio products and peripherals. PINE has formed alliances with some of the biggest names in the computing industry. They currently operate 2 factories, 4 research and development centers and 16 offices spread across the world.
The box features the XFX logo and board name prominently on the front of the box in the familiar Nvidia green,white and black. Specifications and features are described on the rear panel. The partnership with Nvidia is promoted on the side panel.
Encased in the outer shell was a plain black box with the XFX logo and "Play Hard" slogan. Once inside we see the motherboard is boxed separately from the other components. Great when you want to eliminate shipping damage. The packaging is 2 tiered with the accessories and documentation on the lower level. The documentation and driver cd come in a portfolio instead of laying loosely in the box.
At last here it is. Safely tucked away inside its protective cocoon is the motherboard.