Its nice that they released a new bios so quick.
Nasgul, I don't disagree with you in principle. The big review sites like and HardOCP and Tom's started out as enthusiast sites and have quickly becomes businesses. I ran a computer business for 7 years. I had intel reps visiting regularly to make certain that I promoted their product (you should have seen the vendor spiff programs. Sell X number of this or that product and win! One of my sales reps won a trip to california from Intel for a server solution he sold in Toronto). It's kind of dissapointing to see enthusiast sites become commerical sites because the honesty can definitely go out the window. One thing I can say in defense of Hardocp is that anything I've bought as a result of their reviews has lived up to their pronouncements. For example, when I bought the Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe, it was directly because of a review they wrote. The board was every bit as good as they said it was. Also, the fact that Anand and HardOCP have forums works to keep them honest. Their own posters would flame them signifigantly if they were blowing smoke on a product.
To be fair to your opionion (which may be right), can you find me an example or two of products that Anandtech or HardOCP reviewed that "didn't" do what they said it would? I am honestly curious because a number of my purchases were based on those two sites and as anyone who has followed the number of upgrades I've had since joining this forum, I have the advantage of an unresticted budget (the benefits of being 39 with a good job and a wife that spends more than I do on clothing and hair!). As such I read as many reviews as I can find (in addition to being a member of this excellent forum, Extremesystems,, and the hardocp forum), and read other forums as well.
In defense of HardOCP, they are big fans (as am I and mr. franken above) of SLI and crossfire in general and you most obviously are at the other end of the spectrum. Being an SLI enthusiast and getting a product like this (finally) for our Conroes deserves some celebration.
I think for you to make these accusations without a foundation and specific examples is kind of pointless. You are entitled to your opinion and you have given excellent advice to myself and others but to bash sites that profess a love of all things computer and devote themselves to reviewing the latest and greatest without proof is essentially flaming.
"The new Nvidia nForce 680i SLI is a serious candidate for success. Unlike its predecessors, this chipset is a pretty mature solution, free from numerous “children’s diseases”. Therefore, those users who prefer Nvidia graphics and are going to use SLI configurations should definitely go for the newcomer
. Especially, since there are hardly any real alternatives in the today’s market for an SLI system based around Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Quad processors."
From the article you quoted as well