XFX nForce 680i Reviewajmatson - December 4, 2007
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With any computer build the most important item is always going to be the motherboard. No matter how fast your video card, or how killer of a processor you ordered, if you have a motherboard that holds you back all of that wont matter. Different motherboard designs offer different features. Some have multiple PCI-e slots, some offer higher speeds. Today I am going to take a look at the newest nVidia chipset boards, the XFX nForce 680i SLi Socket 775 motherboard.
The XFX nForce 680i SLi has the features for any computer enthusiast or power gamer. With the XFX 680i you have the ability to run and expand the latest and greatest of components to put you at the head of the pack. Supporting Quad Core processors, the latest memory available, and multiple PCI-e slots for dual graphics card solutions, you will never be left behind in your all night frag sessions. Now that I have my paws on this baby lets take a look at what the XFX nForce 680i SLi has to offer.
This XFX 680i came in a pretty large box with the traditional XFX motif you see on their video card boxes. The Front and the sides have a few specs on them that outline the system that this board is made for, which Intel Platform, including Intel Core 2 Extreme (dual and quad core), Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, Celeron D, Pentium 4, Pentium 4, Pentium D 9XX, and Pentium D 8XX processors up to 1333MHz FSB (Front Side Bus). It also supports DDR2-800 RAM.
The back of this box gives you a lot of information so you know what you are buying. Highlighted here are the main points that the XFX 680i board has to offer. You can get an idea of the number of ports and PCI-e slots by glancing on the back.
Opening up the box you see how the box is separated off to secure the components during transportation.
Digging on in we get to the protection for the motherboard. XFX Secures the motherboard in the anti-static bag as well as a nice semi-thick box to protect the components of the motherboard from being bent, cracked, or broken during transport.