ECS PN2 SLI2+ (680i SLI) Motherboard Review

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ECS and 680i

ecs pn2 sli2 motherboard review

ECS has been on a warpath recently in releasing a line that is called “Extreme.”  It is nice to see ECS producing boards with the enthusiast user in mind, and to do it using a variety or chipsets, that each has their own position in the market.  The top of the market now happens to be the Nvidia 680i chipset, and ECS has jumped right in on this high end chipset with another Extreme board.  We have the opportunity to look at that board today, and see just how good the 680i and ECS are together.  Let’s take a quick look at the specs:

  Form Factor

ATX (304mm x 244mm / 12” x 9.6”)
 
  Processor
Supports Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme (dual and quad core), Core™ 2 Quad, Core™ 2 Duo, Pentium® D, Pentium® 4, and Celeron® D Socket 775 processors
   
  Chipset

NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI MCP
 
  Memory
Four 240-pin DDR2 DIMMs up to 8GB
Supports Dual Channel DDR2 400/533/667/800 memory
   
  Expansion Slots
(2) PCI Express x16 slots for dual PCI Express graphics cards
(1) PCI Express x8 slot
(2) PCI Express x1 slot
(2) PCI slots
   
  Audio
Enhanced 8-channel High Definition Azalia audio
Supports SPDIF output and jack sensing
   
  SATA
Supports six native SATA2 3.0Gb/s devices
Hot-swap capability, allowing disks to be changed without

powering down the system
Optimized for NVIDIA MediaShield(tm) Storage technology
Supports SATA ATAPI devices

   
  IDE Port

One Ultra DMA IDE connector supports 33/66/100/133
 
  Floppy

One Floppy Disk Drive connector supports up to 2.88MB
 
  USB2.0

Ten USB 2.0 ports support up to 480Mb/s data transfer rate
 
  Ethernet
  Two 10/100/1000 Base-T Gigabit Ethernet (LAN) interfaces
     
  FireWire

Two 1394a ports support up to 400Mb/s data transfer rate
 
  Other Features

Rear panel I/O ports

PS/2 Mouse and Keyboard port
(1) IEEE1394a Port
(6) USB 2.0 ports
(2) Gigabit LAN Ports
(6) ports for 8-Channel Audio
(1) S/PDIF Output Port
 

Internal I/O connectors

(4) 3×1 pin fan connectors
(1) 4×1 pin CPU fan connector
(6) SATA2 connectors
(1) IDE connector
(1) FDD connector
(2) 5×2 pin USB connectors for an additional 4 USB ports
(1) IEEE1394a connector
(1) 5×2 pin Front Panel connector
(1) 5×2 pin Serial connector
(1) 5×2 pin Front Audio
(1) 4-pin Molex Auxiliary Power connector
(1) 24-pin ATX Power connector
(1) 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
 
  Warranty

3 years
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