Nvidia prepping a cheaper nForce 680i SLI chipset?
Motherboards based on Nvidia's nForce 680i SLI core logic chipset are still selling well above the $200 mark, but Nvidia reportedly has a cheaper variant of the chipset up its sleeve. According to DailyTech, Nvidia plans to introduce a so-called nForce 680i LT SLI chipset in early March. As with the 680i SLI, Nvidia will have its own reference motherboard manufactured and then sell it to partners. However, nForce 680i LT SLI mobos won't have the same goodies as their pricier 680i SLI-based siblings. DailyTech says Nvidia will limit the maximum memory speed supported to DDR2-800, cut the number of Gigabit Ethernet ports from two to one, and reduce the number of USB ports slightly from 10 to eight. The passive, heat pipe-based chipset cooler found on reference 680i SLI boards will be scrapped in favor of a fan-based model, as well.