Cut-down nForce 680i motherboard spotted

— 9:52 AM on March 2, 2007

We heard rumors that Nvidia was cooking up a cheaper variant of its nForce 680i SLI chipset dubbed the nForce 680i LT SLI about a month ago, and now the folks at VR-Zone have gotten their hands on a picture of what looks like an nForce 680i LT SLI reference board.

The mobo's layout is mostly identical to the reference nForce 680i SLI design, with a few notable exceptions. Nvidia appears to have taken out its heat pipe-based chipset cooler and replaced it with two active coolers—one on each core logic chip. Also gone is one of the 680i SLI reference's three PCI Express x16 slots as well as two USB ports, one Gigabit Ethernet port, POST code LEDs, and PCB-mounted power/reset switches. VR-Zone says the nForce 680i SLI LT will only support memory speeds up to 800MHz, compared to 1200MHz for the full-blown 680i SLI. Motherboards based on the new chipset will launch at the CeBit show later this month, VR-Zone adds, and they will be priced at $199.

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