As we explain in our review of Nvidia's new nForce 680i SLI chipset, a number of companies including Biostar, BFG Tech, ECS, EVGA, and XFX will offer nForce 680i SLI motherboards designed and manufactured by Nvidia itself. Other motherboard manufacturers, meanwhile, may choose to tackle the new chipset in their own way. One of those manufacturers is Abit, which has announced its new 680i-powered IN9 32X-MAX motherboard.
The IN9 32X-MAX strays from the Nvidia design slightly, putting more Serial ATA ports near the memory slots, altering the placement of the 24-pin ATX power and floppy connectors, and relocating other miscellaneous components. The I/O panel loses FireWire connectivity in favor of two 300MB/s external eSATA ports and a CMOS reset button. Most noticeably, though, the IN9 32X-MAX includes a custom copper heatpipe-based cooling system that takes care of the board's north bridge, south bridge, and processor power regulation circuitry. Abit has also packed the board with its μGuru fan monitoring and overclocking features.
Abit doesn't quote a price for its board, but considering EVGA's nForce 680i SLI board is sitting at $269.99 on Newegg, Abit's offering likely won't be cheap.
|Gigabyte has two A320 boards for bread-and-butter Ryzen builds||15|
|MSI GTX 1080 Ti Armor 11G is the first custom card on e-tail shelves||8|
|Google points deep-learning machines at audio effect subtitles||5|
|Throw a Quadro card on Gigabyte's Z270X-Designare||11|
|Deals of the week: an RX 480 4GB for $150 and more||26|
|Dell UltraSharp 32 8K embarrasses 4K monitors||68|
|EVGA readies a Hybrid Waterblock for Nvidia GP102 cards||10|
|Elgato Stream Deck lets streamers play news desk||7|
|Puppy Day Shortbread||27|
|Well, so much for Common Courtesy Day...||+29|