The new Silent-Pipe cooling doesn’t surround the CPU socket, letting Gigabyte move it nearer to the top corner of the board. These problems centered on audio issues when using SLI, as well as data corruption or severe performance loss when utilizing SATA drives on the reference boards. A secondary benefit from the higher efficiency in voltage regulation is cooler operating temperatures and its use of solid capacitors also helps to prolong component lifespan. Note that the available FireWire port on the rear panel is of the mini 4-pin variety. Sign up now Username Password Remember Me.

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The data corruption on drives was an entirely different issue that seemed to be centered on users with RAID arrays but also spread to single drive users under varying circumstances.

We anticipate that most of these extreme users will probably dismantle it in favor of their own coolers, making the design less than effective overall. Our main concern with this elaborate system is that it basically prevents users from installing custom cooling solutions that require their own backplate support most large coolers and almost all water cooling kits.

The problems with quad core overclocking on the i chipset have been well documented and it appears these problems will gaa-n680sli-dq6 solved shortly, or at least we hope ga-n68s0li-dq6 will be. Sign up now Username Password Remember Me.

The new Silent-Pipe cooling doesn’t surround the CPU socket, letting Gigabyte move it nearer to the top corner of the board. Note that the available FireWire port on the rear panel is of the mini 4-pin variety.

NVIDIA introduced the i chipset back in early November with eager anticipation from users looking to try something different within the Intel processor world. NVIDIA has commented that statistical variations in the electrical paths between each board can vary, resulting in some boards being affected and others not.

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Gigabyte GA-N680SLI-DQ6: Quad to the Extreme

This specific set of voltage settings seem to differ from board to board and in our initial fa-n680sli-dq6 is based upon having a very “tolerant” MCP. Not that these items are a ‘must have’, but we are increasingly seeing boards of this class incorporating them.

Since the launch, most of the focus surrounding the i chipset changed from its impressive performance and flexibility to problems that seemed to plague the reference ga-n680zli-dq6 designs from the launch partners such as EVGA and BFG and later on with in-house designs from ASUS and abit.

The audio issues were solved with a quick BIOS update, although we found in our testing that loading the latest Microsoft DX9 updates helped tremendously. Log in Don’t have an account? This entire setup is snapped on to the main Silent-Pipe cooler on the top.

GA-NSLI-DQ6 (rev. ) | Motherboard – GIGABYTE Global

Ultimately it boils down to your needs. You may also be interested in These problems centered on audio issues when using SLI, as well as data corruption or severe performance loss when utilizing SATA drives on the reference boards. Quad to the Extreme by Gary Key on February 24, 1: There was a lot of hype, gan680sli-dq6, and a great deal of media coverage that surrounded the launch of the NVIDIA i family of chipsets.

It would really be amazing if this turned out to be a four-port switch or router Now that would be an idea!

Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment. Enough history; let’s discuss the board we are previewing today. We reviewed the i chipset in-depth at launch and came away very impressed with the capabilities for the ga-n680sli-ds6 enthusiast.

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Because of this, component spacing seems to be a little better off. This time, it is connected with its own heat-pipe to a radiator at the topside. For peripheral connectivity, the board features ten USB 2.

GA-NSLI-DQ6 (rev. ) | Motherboard – GIGABYTE U.S.A.

A secondary benefit from the higher efficiency in voltage regulation is cooler operating temperatures and its use of solid capacitors also helps to prolong component lifespan.

We know from the board manufacturers that this chipset is very gigaabyte to electrical noise and is one of the main reasons why a specific set of voltages is required to reach the upper overclock limits of the board.

Several BIOS releases later and it seems as if the majority of data corruption issues with bigabyte reference boards have been cured.

Singapore Malaysia Philippines Indonesia. While NVIDIA attributes these problems to signal timings on the motherboard, we still do not completely understand why the issue occurs on one board and not the other. While it appears the early problems have been solved somewhat, there are still numerous users who are having issues with everything from USB keyboard compatibility to one of our main concerns at this time, quad core overclocking.

There is however, some wasted space in the middle where the MCP cooler is situated and you might still want to check if your custom CPU coolers can fit because of the diagonal MCP heatsink positioning.

However, there is a hidden gem in Gigabyte’s implementation and that is to take advantage of improved bandwidth.