eVGA 680i LT SLI Motherboard ReviewMon, Mar 26, 2007 - 12:00 AM
Everest Ultimate Edition
EVEREST Ultimate Edition is an industry leading system diagnostics and benchmarking solution for enthusiasts PC users, based on the award-winning EVEREST Technology. During system optimizations and tweaking it provides essential system and overclock information, advanced hardware monitoring and diagnostics capabilities to check the effects of the applied settings. CPU, FPU and memory benchmarks are available to measure the actual system performance and compare it to previous states or other systems. We use EVEREST because it does memory read and write speed, memory latency measurement to stress the memory and cache subsystem, including references list to compare actual performance with other systems.
Results: Everest Ultimate Edition didn’t show any significant difference when it came to the memory bandwidth on these two motherboards, but a very strange voltage difference was noted. Both the eVGA nForce 680i SLI LT and 680i SLI motherboards were able to run the Corsair PC2-9136 memory modules at agressive 3-3-3-8 1T timings, but the 680i SLI needed 2.3V whereas the 680i SLI LT needed just 2.2V. This is more than likely due to the newer PCB design on the 680i SLI LT that cleaned up some noise in certain areas of the PCB. Newer 680i SLI motherboards are being built on this newer revision, but NVIDIA did not provide us a sample in time for this article.