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Sorry if this has been posted before, but here is a review of the 680i chipset from Nvidia by Anandtech.com

From Anandtech.com

A good read, I'm surprised by the overclocking results. (4Ghz stock volts?!?! )

Performs better than the i975X chipsets as well! Man this looks fast...

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The overclock results are not a mistake. We managed to reach right at 4.0GHz with an X6800 at default voltage. This represented the standard 11x ratio at a 1452 FSB. Even more spectacular was the reduced multiplier overclocking, where we reached a 2100 FSB (525 base) at a 7X multiplier AT DEFAULT VOLTAGE.

These results were with air cooling using a Tuniq 120 air cooler, which sandwiches a 120mm fan in a finned heatpipe core as pictured above.

One of our X6800 processors reached 2100 FSB, confirming NVIDIA's claims of overclocking an X6800 in their labs to 2070 FSB. Not only did we reach 2100 FSB (525) at a 7X multiplier (3.675GHz), we managed to reach that speed at default voltage. The system has run at those settings for several days without incident and has handled every test and benchmark we have thrown at the system. However, it should also be pointed out that a second X6800 GPU would not overclock 1 MHz higher than 1900 FSB (450) on this same motherboard, even though that X6800 reached a similar 4GHz maximum overclock and similar "default voltage" overclocks.

We have yet to find anything obvious that would explain these differences in maximum FSB in the X6800 chips we tested. Revision and Stepping explained nothing, and we also had four retail E6600 we tested that would not reach above 1800 FSB. We are looking into these findings further and hope to find some explanations to share with you that will explain these maximum FSB differences among 4MB Cache Core 2 chips.

Interestingly, all of the 2MB cache Core 2 processors we tested reached at least 2000 FSB, with the two tested E6300 reaching 2100 FSB (522x7 and 6x525). We were prepared to call the amount of cache the defining difference in FSB performance until the late X6800 reached 2100 in our labs and NVIDIA confirmed their own 2070 results with an X6800 Extreme. We are much more confident that 2MB Cache chips can top 2000 FSB and we are very anxious to find something that will help you identify 4MB cache chips that will reach the "magic" 2000, 2070, and 2100 FSB overclocks.

Overall overclocking performance with the 680i was spectacular, and the results should excite any of you who want to do some serious overclocking with a Core 2 processor. At the very least the nForce 600i chipset family gives shoppers new choices in motherboards that will make the most of their Core 2 processor.
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Very niiice.

I'm glad I just bought one
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Originally Posted by FrankenPC View Post
Very niiice.

I'm glad I just bought one
what?!? I'm so jealous...

please post updates when you get it
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Quote:
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what?!? I'm so jealous...

please post updates when you get it
Oh yes...I have Corsair XMS2 PC8500 with EPP already in my hot little hands. I'm going to attempt the unholy: actually use nTune and see if it works with the 6xx chipet and the EPP RAM.
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http://www.techreport.com/reviews/20...i/index.x?pg=1


Here is another excellent review


and the awaited hardocp review

http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/articl...50aHVzaWFzdA==

(522 FSB on an E6300!!) (and 475 FSB with no voltage increases)


HardOCP gave it their gold award with good reason.

The evga models are obivously available. I've ordered the Asus version from a distributor here in Toronto, the Asus Striker Extreme, they are receiving quantities next Tuesday. It is $65 more than the EVGA though. If I keep seeing reviews like anandtech and techreport, I may cancel and pick up the evga!
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think I might have to pick up that board instead of the p5b, just cause it looks sooooo sweet!
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No kidding, glowing reviews, monster overclocks, great design and nice looking to boot (did i mention sli dual 16x support! finally can stop using hacked year old drivers).

I may get the EVGA instead of the Asus now that I have read the HardOCP review and the $65 I save will go for a nice Zalman 9700 (my 9500 can go back on my FX-57 where it belongs).
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Just noticed from that review that the motherboard headers are in a stupid position on the evga board (right next to the ide port) ugh going to be tough to hide that.
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Do you mean the sata ports or the 4 pin molex connector? Whats wrong with their location, both are near the edge of the board. Unlike, say my old asus a9n-sli premium that has its molex to the left of the cpu beside the first pci-e slot (Dumbest location i've ever seen).
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Very niiice.

I'm glad I just bought one
When are you getting yours? And please post back some OC results when you get to it.
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