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post #11 of 34
Word of caution...the EVGA 680i is a bit of a pain to overclock. The raw number of BIOS tweakable elements is daunting. Plus, the new chipset introduces new concepts like SLI compatible memory.

I've already had issues with the memory divider and the "SLI compatible" RAM (which does not work at all with Corsair 8500 XMS2 ram). The defaul RAM voltage is WAY off as well. If you are going single GPU, I REALLY recommend the 975x or 965 still.
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post #12 of 34
Another word of caution- the ASUS Striker Extreme is not very good at overclocking at all. All the review sites are not having much luck with it, saying that it stops around 430 FSB, which is not exactly stellar. That does not really justify the $400 for that board.
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post #13 of 34
I don't know why everyone likes the DFI boards. Black, yellow, and orange are clown colors and it would make me sick to have to look at it all day.

Right now, eVGA 680i is your best bet if you're going 680i, and I'm pretty sure they've worked out some of the early issues by now.

That Asus Striker Extreme is just an expensive toy that has poor overclocking capabilities.

The main concensus is to get an aftermarker northbridge cooler because that's really where you're going to be limited in your overclock.
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post #14 of 34
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so people that off that whole stock northbridge heat sink and put better ones on. i plan on getting one 8800 for now then another in like a year. i hope i can handle this board.
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post #15 of 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheKraken View Post
The main concensus is to get an aftermarker northbridge cooler because that's really where you're going to be limited in your overclock.
Not true, plenty of ppl have gotten great OCs without aftermarket cooling the MCP. The NB DOES get quite hot but is still within specs though. Make sure to use the included fan when OCing!
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post #16 of 34
Well the 680i chipset from what i can see is going to be a real Nice Chipset for most Especially for people with Nvidia Cards..However i would wait for the DFI version. I would reckon it would yield a better overclock.
post #17 of 34
Yes DFi has a great reputation but there board isnt coming out till 07 I mean if you wait now something better is always on the horizon I say eVGA 680i which is available right now
post #18 of 34
So far, this board is "mostly" stable. I've had it for several weeks now, and have been steadily overclocking my E6700 and I've gotten it up to 3.6Ghz (unstable) and 3.2Ghz stable on stock voltage. It only crashed twice, and after clearing the CMOS and starting over it was fine (all with the original BIOS). My NB is stock and the temps only get up to about 34-36 C according to nMonitor.
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post #19 of 34
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i got a pretty good cooling solution with my case, thermaltake armor, and many fans to spare. i plan on overclocking little by little and increases the cooling as i go. I also got a zalman 9500.
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post #20 of 34
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Another word of caution- the ASUS Striker Extreme is not very good at overclocking at all. All the review sites are not having much luck with it, saying that it stops around 430 FSB, which is not exactly stellar. That does not really justify the $400 for that board.
That's not what the folks over at Anandtech have said in their preview of the Striker Extreme. They say they easily got it up to 534 FSB.

"In initial testing we have reached 7x534FSB with our retail E6600 sample and general performance has been excellent."
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