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Poll Results: 680i worth the money/upgrade?

 
  • 43% (18)
    yes, it is give me now!
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    no, I am happy with ? mobo
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post #11 of 27
Another argument is that the 680i can accomodate CPUs with an FSB of 1333MHz.

If I were to build a rig right now, non-SLI, I'd get the P5B Deluxe.

However, the SLI option, the higher native FSB, and the excellent overclockability (even if slightly less than 965) make a strong argument for the boards.
    
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heh well imo find it some what funny that all over forums across the web people are praising it soo much, but when it comes time to upgrade / make a computer, the top dogs of overclock.net still find the p5b/w deluxe a better selection.
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Kind of true, but I have been reading that the 680i can go much higher fsb on stock voltages in comparison to other mobos.

Careful with that. I saw a similar statement in a review, unfortunatly, I believe it was a false one. Their CPUz shot showed Vcore of 1.213 with a FSB of 500+ and they stated it was "stock voltage". The problem there is, besides the fact there is no way the Allendale they were using would hit that FSB with no voltage, is that 1.213 is an error reading in CPUz for when a CPU is way over voltage specs with the Vcore in BIOS set to AUTO. More likly the voltage was in the 1.6 range or more.

As Chozart said, it has the benefit of the 1333 FSB....now....Intel has a new chipset around the corner that has the same functionality of 1333 FSB native.

If you do nothing but play games on a 25"+ monitor, or just care about benchmarks and bragging rights......then a 680i and SLI is for you....for a few months until something new comes out.

post #14 of 27
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heh well imo find it some what funny that all over forums across the web people are praising it soo much, but when it comes time to upgrade / make a computer, the top dogs of overclock.net still find the p5b/w deluxe a better selection.
It *is* a good board... but just right now not necessarily the thing to get. The 965 and some of the top 975 boards overclock better, thus for non-sli solutions, look there.

If you want SLI (indeed at resolutions of 1600x1200 / 1680x1050 or better (yes, arguably low even to defent SLI/Crossfire), then this is the board to go with right now.

And indeed, many new boards will come out, including Bearlake (Intel) and RD600 (ATI). Imo, it's worth waiting a little what these have to offer, unless you're dead set on SLI.
    
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Anandtech reached around 520 fsb with the evga 680i on "stock" voltages...........that beats intel chipset overclocks?

will post back with a link

Edit:here

The article shows that the 680i outperforms intel boards at stock speeds. And they got a x6800 at 525x7 with stock voltage.
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Anandtech reached around 520 fsb with the evga 680i on "stock" voltages...........that beats intel chipset overclocks?
Those are "paid" reviews. I'm also including the one from Kyle Bennette's (in your face adds all over the place) site.
post #17 of 27
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so the p5b looks damn good in comparison to the 680i for the average joe overclocker.

I personally run a 19" 2ms vx 922 viewsonic lcd with max res of 1280x1024 so needing sli or crossfire is not needed.

Also, for the average joe overclocker on a budget, the release of the new chipsets will drive down the prices, and open up the market to some decent used parts.

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post #18 of 27
Yes, from what I've seen so far, it's easier to OC with the P5B and there are more people with that type of boards and threads that can help, including myself.

19" for SLI? Not really, it's best with at least a 24" LCD or the optimal 30" LCD.

Actually with the release of the 680i, I seriously doubt that the P5B Deluxe or any Deluxe board from ASUS is going to go down in price, in the contrary, prices will remain as they are because they'll see that the product (from nVidia) is not as good as the people would think.

Market for used parts? I don't think so this time around, most people here will probably not be willing to buy a mediocre product and ditch their excellent Intel product? I'm not!
post #19 of 27
http://www.vr-zone.com/index.php?i=4215&s=11

Here is an article specifically comparing the 680i and the p5w dh deluxe. The evga beats the asus board in "every" test stock and overclocked. Its a long and detailed article but a good read. I sold my p5w dh and bought the evga board and articles like this reinforce my decision.


Also Nasgul, why so bent on comparing the P5B to the 680i? I understand and agee that the P5B is a better overclocker but the 680i boards are designed specifically for dual card solutions, not single card like the P5B. Compare it the the Asus P5W DH (which is crossfire dual card designed) or another board. Your points simply don't reflect an apples to apples comparison.


My personal opinion on open box is to never touch the stuff. I had a computer store for over 7 years (3 years ago mind you) and if you knew why stuff is resold open box and how its treated you would be hesitant as well.
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post #20 of 27
Well... the comparison with the P5B is valid also. Regardless whether the board is designed for dual graphics, if it beats the P5B, I'd still get it, even if I'd never plan to get SLI. Thus, I have no problem that the 680i is compared with other high end boards. But, the purpose of why you buy the board should of course be taken into consideration.

If you plan dual graphics, compare with any of the 975X and other dual graphics boards out there. If you don't plan dual graphics, but just want a high-end board that overclocks like nuts, compare with any board you'd like to see which is best.

Finally, we do know that the ASUS P5W DH Deluxe is no longer the best overclocking 975X board out there. I'd like to see how it stacks up gainst the ABIT AW9D-MAX or an Asus P5W64 WS PRO.
    
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