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  • DFI LAN Party UT NF680I LT SLI-T2R Motherboard Review
  • DFI LAN Party UT NF680I LT SLI-T2R Motherboard Review


    Board Layout and Features

    Digital PWM (Digital Pulse Width Modulation) power supplies are becoming the norm on high end hardware and the DFI NF680I LT comes with an impressive 6-Phase version with enough power to supply 200A of juice to the processor. A copper heatsink is attached to help dissipate the heat.
    Memory support is a typical 8GB of DDR2 at speeds of up to 800Mhz. Having used 1066Mhz memory for this review at a 1:1 clock setting we can attest that faster memory will run on this motherboard without any issues.
    The expansion slots come in a very nice configuration and take full advantage of what is available in the nVidia 680i LT chipset. The board comes with 3 16x PCIe slots but only 2 support a full 16 lanes of PCIe, The 3rd (located at the bottom of the board) is 8x and is designed for a spare video card or physics processor. An interesting thing to note is that you can connect 2 video cards with the supplied SLI bridge regardless of what 16x slots you choose to use. (however using the bottom slot will render SLI at 8x/16x and hurt performance)
    The only thing layout wise that I would change is to move the 4x PCIe slot down below the second 16x PCIe video slot. The reason being if you happen to be using a dual slot GPU cooler the 4x slot will become useless and negate having it there at all. On a similar cooling related note even with a standard GPU cooler if the 4x slot is populated airflow to the GPU cooler will be restricted.
    Dual Net is a new nVidia feature that enables to you bind 2 gigabit Ethernet controllers together for a faster network. The photo here shows the 2 PHY chips that convert the Ethernet "stub" into a real connection, in this case RJ45.
    The 680i LT supports 6 SATA2 connections however the "R" at the end of DFI model name denotes an extra 2 SATA2 connectors on an independent controller. The Silicon Image 3132 has been called into action here and converts the last "unused" PCIe 1x slot into 2 SATA2 drive connections with RAID.