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XFX nForce 680i Review

ajmatson    -   December 4, 2007
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Configuration:

Configuration is quite simple with the XFX nForce 680i SLI as there is not really any special software that is included on the CD. The disk only has the drivers and the nVidia nTune utility, which is a basic program that monitors and tests the hardware. I will show you the driver install and then briefly show you the nVidia nTune Utility.

 

Driver Installation:

First you have to pop the CD into the CD rom drive and the autorun feature will bring up the XFX logo with the installation buttons.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here you have several options. You can install the drivers for Windows XP or Windows Vista.  Since I am using XP I will not be installing the Vista Drivers.  You can also install the nVidia nTune Utility for real time monitoring of key components. Click the Install Drivers Button and away it goes. Again there is no special software being installed, just the drivers to run the system.

 

 

The setup program also has the ability to help you create a RAID drivers disk. Just click on the Create RAID Drivers Disk button and follow the instruction to create the floppy with the drivers on it.

 

 

When all is done, restart the system and you are all ready to get to the fun stuff. 

 

nVidia nTune Utility:

The nTune Utility is a little program that allows you to do some configuring of the video of the system and to run stress tests on the hardware to make sure they are working properly. This program is very limited in what it does, as you cannot overclock with it or alter much more than the video aspects of the computer. It does have a nice tool to monitor temps, fan speeds, and more, all in one compact screen, however.

 

 

 

BIOS Flash Utility:

One thing I noticed when I received this board to review is that there was a BIOS update. A good rule of thumb is if it isn't broken then don't fix it but for the purpose of this review I will update the bios using the WinFlash Utility from XFX to update to the latest BIOS. Just download the update from the XFX Website, load it into WinFlash and let it do it's business.




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