EVGA nForce 680i SLI 775 A1 Motherboard ReviewThu, Mar 29, 2007 - 12:00 AM
Final Thoughts and Conclusion
The eVGA 680i SLI 775 A1 motherboard is just a fantastic board for the individual who just want to boot up and go or the individual who is the enthusiast looking for a board that will take them as far as they can possibly go.
The bundle that comes with the board is quite full, and certainly will not leave you wanting for anything to get your rig up and running. The bios that is developed for the 680i boards has come quite a ways, and is as friendly as anything we have used. The features on the board are many, and allow you to set up just about anything you can think of or need.
The layout is the reference Nvidia design, so the issues that plague the eVGA version of the board will be no different than the other boards built on this design. I still think that the top right corner of the board around the SATA and front panel connector pins is way to tight and cramped. Other than that, I think the layout is pretty good. Performance on the board at stock setting is right where it should be. We all know that there is little difference at stock settings that will set any of these boards apart right now. So that leaves the bundle, overclocking and price to be the major factors in deciding which board to get.
Speaking of overclocking, this board was absolutely stellar, beating our old record with the particular Intel CPU that we have used. Price, well, that is a concern for any 680i SLI board. As you read in our eVGA 680i LT review, the 680i boards sit at the top of the price list, but the decision that has to be made is it is worth it to purchase a full 680i board over it younger brothers, the 680i LT or the 650i? My answer is no. The extra cost just dos not warrant the small increase in performance (if any) that you get.
Another question would be, what is the difference, if any between this board and the ECS PN2 SLI2+ that we reviewed a few weeks ago? Well, actually other than the way it is packaged inside, the documentation included and the cover art on the box itself, there really is no difference. Even the price of the boards is within $5, so if you are picking up a 680i SLI motherboard that is based off the reference design be sure to buy one from a company that you like and that has a good RMA policy.
Legit Bottom Line: The eVGA nForce 680i SLI 775 A1 is a great board, from a great company. It is a board that you should look at if you are wanting the top of the line in the nVidia camp. You get full features, a full bundle, full performance as well as the full price with this one.