Archive for December 4th, 2021
Rumours of an nForce 6 series chipset flooded the net a few months back followed by some harder details a few week back, but until now the information doing the rounds didn’t really address the issues?surrounding the original Intel 590 SLI and its limited FSB issue. But finally we have some chunky details on the nForce 6 series. The 680i (590 SLI replacement) will oficially support a 1333 MHz FSB. NVIDIA has remedied this situation and the nForce 680i SLI will officially support a 1333 MHz front-side bus. Whether or not this will support Intel?s upcoming Conroe 1333 MHz front-side bus refresh is unknown. Nevertheless, the supported 1333 MHz front-side bus will allow overclockers greater headroom with current overclocking friendly Core 2 Duo processors. NVIDIA has improved the dual-channel memory controller as well. The nForce 680i SLI?s memory controller now has memory dividers capable of support DDR2-1200 memory. Also supported is NVIDIA?s SLI-Ready memory with Enhanced Performance Profiles. Graphics expansion will be a key point of nForce 680i SLI motherboards. In addition to the two full-speed PCI Express x16 slots, nForce 680i SLI motherboards will have a third PCI Express slot for NVIDIA?s unannounced three-GPU applications. This will most likely be a form of HavokFX SLI physics processing to counter ATI?s upcoming triple-play physics processing. The third slot will electrically have eight lanes routed to it.