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The P5B has had time to brew a good BIOS. The board just came out, what 1-2 days ago?
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What makes you think that the board was just put together and release w/o any prior testing?

Everything is fully and rigorously tested. If a product is not good from the start, it won't be, just as simple as that and nVidia just can't touch Intel in that department.

Even with "bad" BIOS, the P5B was still braking 500fsb, so I don't see how can the BIOS make such a huge impact when the only problem with my P5B was the reboot problem, yet I didn't have any difficulty overclocking or issues of system locking up.

nVidia just refuses to join VIA and SiS and I'm sure they'll keep manufacturing such poor products for Intel but at least they're trying, except they'll come no where near Intel.
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I am with Nasgul on this. Intel Core Logic is the best in the business. The 985X will brag 3 full length PCI 2.0 slots and most likely support SLI.
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I think we should wait and see. Remember again that this is the first design from nVidia for an Intel chipset. All the older stuff they had for the Intel platform was NOT designed for Intel, but for AMD and just modded by them to make it run on Intel. Previously, it seemed the idea was to just have a chipset for Intel, while with the 680i they actually care about performance.

Intel is yet to beat, but nVidia did get closer than ever.
    
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I don't understand those results...the different programs claim different voltages...but most of the 680i reviews said that it can overclock better with less volts.
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Those are paid reviews, I'm pretty sure. d.
Man I hate not having the time to be on here as much anymore

In addition to them being paid reviews, a close look will show they are flawed. The review I saw claiming they overclocked an Allendale to 500+ FSB on "stock" volts had a CPUz shot showing 1.213 vcore. This was the basis of their statement. The trouble is, this is an error in CPUz and is what displays when you leave your BIOS voltage set to AUTO. On AUTO, the voltage increases with the FSB, meaning more likely they were using over 1.5v to get their stable overclock. It is simply impossible for the chip to reach those speeds on that voltage, regardless of the board.

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and since most people go SLi anyway,
And most of those people don't even need SLI either. Dual card systems are predominantly for benchmark bragging rights.

I agree it's likely the 680i will get better with some BIOS tweaks....but what you are also discounting is that the 965 is brand new as well, and still has some tweaks left in it also.

It will be nice to see some more hands on, non-solicited results from members here and at other forums to see what the 680i is really like. Personally, I think NVIDIA should be recognized for at least making it better than the 4 and 5 series, even if top dog is still out of their reach.
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Agreed. Let's wait and see, like with every new technology.
    
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Agreed. Let's wait and see, like with every new technology.
Or Chozart can buy new stuff and test it out for us . That way, we won't have to wait
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I'll be happy to throw my hat in the testing ring. I finally got my new board in last night and power tested it. Tonight I should be able to reformat and load xp (and benching software). I'll post some stock benches first and then begin with overclocking. My understanding is that there is a new EVGA bios (which some of the reviewers were given in beta format) available middle of this week. We'll see what it does as well.

Keep in mind all the members here with single card or crossfire solutions can throw as much salt on this product as they want. the simple fact is that for guys with sli rigs who are running conroes and had to make do with modded drivers or no sli at all, (like me, especially given that I am by no means interested interested in extreme overclocking), its a big woohoo!
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I'm looking to get this board also! I'm not getting much out of this current one.
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I'm looking to get this board also! I'm not getting much out of this current one.
I'd just sell your SLI cards, buy a DX10 card, P5B Deluxe or a DS3.

You'll be able to overclock more and you'll see a visual improvement.
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