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Some dude at [H] also has the board already together with a 8800GTX:

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Originally Posted by masaville
Alright, I finally got everything installed. First off, just a couple of quick comments about the board.

The board is designed very well in terms of the layout and installation was a piece of cake. The only complaint is that the screws for the fan that cools the NV chipset are bloody small. You need a micro-sized screwdriver to screw them in and if you have average size hands or bigger, don't do it if you're not in a patient mood. Other than that, it's a wicked layout compared to my A8N32-SLI Deluxe and much easier to install when it comes to cabling.

The board also runs significantly cooler than the A8N32-SLI Deluxe. Temps are very low, hovering in the low 30s (celcius), which is around 12-15 degrees cooler than the A8N32-SLI Deluxe, which I ran with 7900 GTXs in SLI at around 45 degrees. Impressive.

The BIOS is Phoenix Award BIOS. I didn't have to configure much in the BIOS outside of the usual stuff and there are loads of options and settings in the BIOS that I don't recognize. A lot of the settings are obviously new to the 680i chipset. You can configure pretty well anything you can think of from clock speeds to memory timings to some interesting new SLI settings geared towards performance. It might be easier just to take some photos of the BIOS settings if anyone's interested as they are so many options.

Three 16x PCI-E slots are available. In the manual it states that the two outside slots are designed for SLI, but that the third slot can also host a GPU. Not too sure what the purpose of that slot is at this point, outside of the speculated physics card, but it's definitely written up that it's there to host a GPU. They even go so far as to show you diagrams of three GPUs installed. The manual also recommends that if you decide to go with an SLI setup using 8800 GTXs to use a 750W or higher power supply. That might be a little overkill, but I guess it doesn't hurt to be safe.

The board comes with 5 connectors for fans, including CPU. You can adjust those fans speeds from within the BIOS or through the NVIDA control panel in Windows. Using the NV control panel in Windows you have total control over the system and can tweak just about any setting from clock speed to voltages to fan control to GPU setttings. I was impressed to see how many options are available for tweaking performance in the NV control panel compared to my ASUS board. It's night and day and I'm sure that those who love to toy with with overclocking will be very impressed with the flexibility this board offers. Compared to the past few boards I've had from MSI and ASUS, this board is a dream.

I'm going to bench with 3dmark and usual stuff and if there are any specific benches anyone wants to see let me know and I'll see if I can accomodate you. If I missed anything critical besides benches it's because it's 3AM and I'm half asleep. Heh.


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Lucky SOB!
    
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Yep, saw that over at HardOCP and Xtremesystems. Lucky (fill in the curse word!)

The Asus striker extreme is supposed to be out in the next couple of days as well. It had better hurry up or I may have to buy the EVGA.
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Yep, saw that over at HardOCP and Xtremesystems. Lucky (fill in the curse word!)

The Asus striker extreme is supposed to be out in the next couple of days as well. It had better hurry up or I may have to buy the EVGA.
I just hope they dont perform the same. Asus striker and P5N32 SLI Premium i mean. cause they look similar http://www.overclock.net/news-overcl...t=asus+striker


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The MCP is diffent. Early leaked reports are that the Striker can hit 500+ FSB. The early tests on the EVGA (I posted some screenies in another post) had it at 400 FSB and thats a first run. Considering the NF4 based conroe boards have all topped out at 340 FSB, it looks very promising.
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lucky bugga lol THAT LOOKS SO MEATY!
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yah... but how's it OC, historically all the nVidea chipsets ahve outright sucked. lets hope this ones better!
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Whats the release date on this motherboard?
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You're a God.

That is a hot looking board. Now I need some monies!
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