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XFX nForce 680i Review

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I am going to be putting the XFX nForce 680i SLi motherboard through a series of tests that will push the components to the limit. There are going to be some tests that will push the system components to get a better idea on how they will perform while running everyday tasks and programs like graphic design and more. Then I will be running tests that will see how well it performs during games and gaming benchmarks. This is being done to give you a complete look at what this board has to offer. I am also going to be comparing it to other boards previously reviewed by OverClockersClub.com to compare how they hold up together.


Testing Setup:

  • CPU stock: Intel E6750 Core 2 Duo 333x8
  • CPU overclocked: Intel E6750 Core 2 Duo 400x8
  • Memory: 2 x 1GB ADATA Extreme Edition DDR2-800 @ 800 / 4-4-4-12
  • Memory Overclocked: 2 x 1GB ADATA Extreme Edition DDR2-800 @ 1066 / 5-5-5-15
  • Video Card(s): Evga 8800 GTS 640MB
  • Hard Drive: 1x Western Digital 80GB SATA HDD
  • Opticals: Lite-On 8x DVD+/-RW Drive
  • Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts 500W PSU
  • O/S: Windows XP Professional w/SP2


Comparison Motherboards:


System Tests:

  • Apophysis 2.2
  • PcMark 05 Professional
  • Sisoft Sandra XI
  • Sciencemark
  • Cinebench 9.5
  • HD Tach 3.1
  • SpecViewperf 9.0
  • WinRAR


Lets get started with Apophysis. This program is used primarily to render and generate fractal flame images. We will run this benchmark with the following settings:

  • Resolution: 2750x2048
  • Quality: 500
  • Limit Memory use: 512MB

The score is based on the minutes it takes to render the image complete. Lower is better.


Winrar is a tool that allows you to compress and archive files so that they are easily managed. I am going to measure the time it takes, in seconds, to compress the files from start to finish. Lower is better.


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