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nVIDIA NForce 680i SLI Motherboard
FEATURES- nVIDIA NForce 680i SLI Motherboard (Vista certified)
Intel Quad-core CPU Ready
Intel Core 2 Extreme/Core 2 Duo Ready
NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI
Dual-channel DDR2 800/667/533
SupremeFX/DTS Connect/Array Mic/Noise Filter
LCD Poster, EL I/O, Onboard LED, Onboard Switches
Overclocking, performance, unique features, and rich software
bundled are our 4 basic commitments to R.O.G (Republic of Gamers)
members. Striker Extreme provide a detailed BIOS option for
enthusiast tweaking, 8-phase capless power to ensure the SLI
performance reliability, and the unique gaming features, such as
LCD poster, EL I/O, Onboard LED, Onboard button,...etc. Once you
use it, you would love it. And rich software bundled is a special
characteristic, the hottest 3D game-Ghost Recon, 3dMark06 Advanced
Edition, and a one-year license Kaspersky anti-virus software, it's
a total gaming solution as we committed.
The Republic of Gamers consists only the best of the best. We offer
the best hardware engineering, the fastest performance, the most
innovating ideas, and we welcome the best gamers to join in. In the
Republic of Gamers, mercy rules are only for the weak, and bragging
rights means everything. We believe in making statements and we
excel in competitions. If your character matches our trait, then
join the elite club, make your presence felt, in the Republic of
Includes Motherboard, SLI bridge, ASUS Array Mic, ASUS Optional Fan,
3 in 1 ASUS Q-Connector Kit, UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable, Floppy disk
drive cable, SATA cables, SATA power cables, 2-port USB 2.0 module,
IEEE1394a module, EL I/O Shield, Thermal sensor cables, Cable Ties,
ROG key ring, User's manual.
* LGA775 Intel Quad-core Processor Ready
This motherboard supports the latest Intel Quad-core processors in
LGA775 package. It's excellent for multi-tasking, multi-media and
enthusiastic gamers with 1066/800 MHz FSB. Intel Quad-core is one of
the most powerful CPU in the world.
* LGA775 Intel Core2 Processor Ready
This motherboard supports the latest Intel Core2 processors in LGA775
package. With Intel Core microarchitecture technology and 1066/800 MHz
FSB, Intel Core2 processor is one of the most powerful and energy
efficient CPU in the world.
* NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI
The NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI chipset supports the NVIDIA Scalable Link
Interface (SLI) technology that allows two graphics processing units
(GPUs) in a single system. It's designed for enthusiast gamers, extreme
overclocking capability, ultimate gaming performance with SLI technology
support. It's definitely one of the fastest platform in the world.
* NVIDIA SLI Technology
NVIDIA SLI (Scalable Link Interface) takes advantage of the increased
bandwidth of the PCI Express bus architecture and features intelligent
hardware and software that allows two GPUs to efficiently work together
to deliver earth-shattering, scalable performance. For some applications
nearly 2X performance! (From www.NVIDIA.com)
* Dual-Channel DDR2 800
DDR2 is the next generation memory technology ! With the highest speed
up to 667MHz, DDR2 memory provides great performance for 3D graphics and
other memory demanding applications.
* 8 phase EL-Capless power design
The 8-phase cap-less Power design demonstrates two hardcore commitments
of ROG products: ultimate overclocking capability, and ultimate
reliability. The 8-phase power design yields unparalleled superiority in
the overclocking arena, while the EL cap-less design removes any worries
of capacitor problems once and for all.
The Crosshair Series' sophisticated design of heat-pipe directs heat
from the chipset to two VRM copper heatsinks where the temperature can
be dissipated by system airflow. This design promises ultimate
reliability and quietness.
* Extreme Tweaker
Extreme Tweakers is the one stop shop to fine-tune your system to
optimal performance. No matter if you're looking for frequency
adjustment, over-voltage options, or memory timing settings, they're all
* SupremeFX/Mic Array (ADI 1988b)
The SupremeFX audio card is designed to provide you the best game sound
experience. With 24-bit/192kHz full sampling in all surround channels,
no matter if you're hearing your game through headphones or 7.1 surround
speakers, we'll deliver the effects loud and clear!
When utilized with the bundled Array Microphone, there would be no more
noise or buzz to bother your conversation with teammates during exciting
game session. Just enjoy the extreme audio entertainment, and keep the
* DTS Connect
This feature is consists of two elements: DTS interactive and DTS
NEO:PC. DTS interactive re-encodes your stereo or multi-channel sound
into a DTS audio signal and send it out from your PC to any DTS enabled
system. While DTS NEO:PC turns your stereo audio such as MP3, WMA, CD,
and other sound format into a convincing multi-channel audio experience.
* EL I/O
Today's users demand more than good performance-they demand more heart
touching services like user-friendly features. The motherboard comes
with the EL I/O, an impressive design that increases convenience in
connecting devices on the back I/O. The cool EL lights up your I/O panel
under your desk, in the dark, or in a LAN Party. No more jamming devices
into the wrong connectors when you're in the dark!
* Onboard LED
The upshot is that many users now rely on their intuition to promptly
set up devices in the dark. This patented feature, on-board LED, could
solve this problem. With the LED lights which designed at motherboard
close to the indication words that provides a compelling way to
efficiently identify the right way to set up without "flash lights".
* LCD Poster
When system malfunction occurs, LCD Notice Board automatically detects
for device failure and posts physical system errors on the LCD during
POST. No more reading "gibberish to find out what's wrong.
* Onboard Switch
With an easy press during overclock, this exclusive onboard switch
allows gamer to effortlessly fine-tune the performance without having to
short the pins or moving jumpers!
* Q-Fan Plus
The Q-Fan function automatically detects temperature and adjusts fan
speed accordingly to achieve quiet and efficient cooling. With Q-Fan
Plus, special temperature sensor cable is provided to detect temperature
on any device. When used with a optional fans, you may activate Q-Fan
function on up to 3 additional devices of your choice!
* ASUS Q-Connector
The Q-Connector allows you to connect or disconnect chassis front panel
cables in one easy step with one complete module. This unique adapter
eliminates the trouble of plugging in one cable at a time, making
connection quick and accurate.
* Bundled Software
- 3D Game: Ghost Recon
One of the most heavily nominated games, appearing in 8 categories,
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter picked up awards in the
following categories: Best Game and Technical Achievement. It's also
the first few games that support physics effect. Now enjoy your
realistic game with this motherboard.
- The Gamers' Benchmark
3DMark is the most popular and authoritative 3D benchmark application
used by professionals around the world. The 3DMark06 is the latest
version in the popular 3DMark series, including advanced SM2.0 and
HDR/SM3.0 Shader graphics tests and now including single, multiple
core and multiple processor CPU tests as part of the 3DMark score! The
accurate performance and image quality diagnostic tool, designed for
DirectX 9.0c, provides you with all the information you need to make
all other competitors look bad.
- Kaspersky Anti-Virus
Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal offers premium antivirus protection for
individual users and home offices. It is based on advanced antivirus
technologies. The product incorporates the Kaspersky Anti-Virus
engine, which is renowned for malicious program detection rates that
are among the industry's highest.
- InterVideo Media Launcher (OEM version)
ASUS motherboards, intensifying leadership in the IT industry, now
bundle the versatile InterVideo Media Launcher. This multifaceted
software set includes the latest multimedia software, bringing forth
the multimedia features of ASUS motherboards to the best! (OEM
* ASUS Overclocking Tools
- AI NOS
Applications such as 3D games and video editing demand a huge chunk of
system resource. Inject "nitrous oxide" into your CPU! The patented AI
NOS (Non-delay Overclocking System) technology intelligently detects
system load and automatically boosts performance for the most
demanding tasks. Unlike other dynamic overclocking techniques, AI NOS
reacts much faster to satisfy your unending need for speeds.
- ASUS O.C. Profile
The motherboard features the ASUS O.C. Profile that allows users to
conveniently store or load multiple BIOS settings. The BIOS settings
can be stored in the CMOS or a separate file, giving users freedom to
share and distribute their favorite overclocking settings.
- C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
When the system hangs due to overclocking failure, there is no need to
open the case to clear CMOS data. Just simply restart the system, the
BIOS would show the previous setting and then users can amend the CPU
* ASUS Special Features
- Array Mic
The bundled Superbeam Array Microphone receives only the sound coming
from the reception cone and ignores the sound coming from other
directions. This mechanism eliminates a large number of interferences
including neighboring speakers and reverberations. It also uses
advanced de-reverberation techniques to reduce echo and minimize its
effect on the speech engine. This feature can enhance speech-centric
application like Skype, online game, video conference and recording.
- Noise Filter
This feature detects repetitive and stationary noises like computer
fans, air conditioners, and other background noises then eliminates it
in the incoming audio stream while recording.
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
EZ Flash 2 is a user-friendly BIOS update utility. Simply launch this
tool and update BIOS from a USB flash disk before entering the OS. You
can update your BIOS only in a few clicks without preparing an
additional floppy diskette or using an OS-based flash utility.
The ASUS MyLogo 3 is the new feature present in the motherboard that
allows you to personalize and add style to your system with
customizable and animated boot logos.
- Music Alarm
Wake up to the music of your choice instead of the irritating sound of
an alarm clock. The ASUS Music Alarm gives you a personal wake-up call
with your favorite CD music when system is off.
- Stack Cool 2
Stack Cool 2 is a fan-less and zero-noise cooling solution offered
exclusively by ASUS. It effectively transfers heat generated by the
critical components to the other side of the specially designed PCB
(printed circuit board) for effective heat dissipation.
* SATA on the Go
This motherboard supports the next-generation hard drives based on the
Serial ATA (SATA) 3Gb/s storage specification, delivering enhanced
scalability and doubling the bus bandwidth for high-speed data retrieval
and saves. The external SATA port located at the back I/O provides smart
setup and hot-plug functions. Easily backup photos, videos and other
entertainment contents on external devices.
* Dual RAID
The south bridge incorporate six Serial ATA connectors with high
performance RAID functions in RAID 0, 1, 5, 0+1, and JBOD. The Silicon
Image 3132 controller provides another two external Serial ATA
connectors for RAID 0, 1, and JBOD functions. This motherboard is the
ideal solution to enhance hard disk performance and data back up
protection without the cost of add-on cards.
* Dual Gigabit LAN
The integrated dual Gigabit LAN design allows a PC to serve as a network
gateway for managing traffic between two separate networks. This
capability ensures rapid transfer of data from WAN to LAN without any
added arbitration or latency.
* IEEE 1394a interface
IEEE 1394a interface provides high speed digital interface for
audio/video appliances such as digital television, digital video
camcorders, storage peripherals & other PC portable devices.
* High Definition Audio
Enjoy high-end sound system on your PC! The onboard 8-channel HD audio
(High Definition Audio, previously codenamed Azalia) CODEC enables high-
quality 192KHz/24-bit audio output, jack-sensing feature, retasking
functions and multi-streaming technology that simultaneously sends
different audio streams to different destinations. You can now talk to
your partners on the headphone while playing a multi-channel network
games. All of these are done on one computer.
The motherboard and its packaging comply with the European Union's
Restriction on the use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). This is in line
with the ASUS vision of creating environment-friendly and recyclable
products and packaging to safeguard consumers' health while minimizing
the impact on the environment.
-- SPECIFICATIONs -----------------------------------
CPU - LGA775 socket for Intel Core 2 Extreme/Core 2 Duo/
Pentium Extreme/Pentium D/Pentium 4/Celeron D Processors.
Intel Quad-core CPU Ready
Compatible with Intel 06/05B/05A processors
1333/1066/800/533 MHz (1333MHz available when CPU's
supporting 1333MHz FSB).
BIOS - 8Mb Award BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.3, Multi-
CHIPSET - NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI
- Supports SLI-Ready Memory Technlogy
MAIN MEMORY - (4) 240-pin DIMM sockets support max. 8GB DDR2 800/667/533
non-ECC and un-buffered memory.
Dual channel memory architecture
1200MHz SLI-ready Memory
EXPANSION - (2) PCI Express x16 slots, support NVIDIA SLI technology, at
full x16, x16 speed (blue).
(1) PCI Express x16 slot, at x8 speed (middle)
(1) PCI Express x1 slot
(2) 32-bit PCI 2.2 slots
SLI - Supports two identical NVIDIA SLI-Ready graphics cards (both
at x16 mode).
ASUS PEG Link
AUDIO - SupremeFX Audio Card
- ADI 1988B 8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Supports Jack-Sensing, Enumeration, Multi-streaming and
- Noise Filter
Coaxial, Optical S/PDIF out
ASUS Array Mic
VIDEO - None
ETHERNET - Integrated NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI built-in dual Gigabit MAC
with external Marvell PHY.
Supports NVIDIA DualNet technology
FIREWIRE - Integrated VIA6308P controller supports 2 x 1394a ports
STORAGE/RAID - South bridge supports:
- (1) Ultra DMA 133/100/66/33
- (6) Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s
- NVIDIA MediaShield RAID supports RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5 and
JBOD span cross Serial ATA drives.
Silicon Image 3132 SATA controller supports
- (2) External Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s port on back I/O (SATA
I/O PORTS - Back Panel: (1) LCD Poster
(2) PS/2 ports for Keyboard & Mouse
(1) Optical + (1) Coaxial S/PDIF Output
(2) External SATA connectors
(2) RJ45 ports
(4) USB 2.0/1.1 ports
(1) IEEE-1394a/FireWire port
(1) Onboard LED switch
Internal : (3) USB connectors support additional 6 USB
(1) Floppy disk drive connector
(1) IDE connector for two devices
(6) SATA connectors
(8) Fan connectors: (1) CPU/(1) SPS/(3) Chassis/
(3) thermal sensor connector
(1) IEEE1394a connector
(1) S/PDIF output connector
(1) Chassis Intrusion connector
24-pin ATX Power connector
8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
(1) EL I/O Shield Connector
OVERCLOCKING - Extreme Tweaker
Intelligent overclocking tools:
- AI NOS (Non-delay Overclocking System)
- AI Overclocking (intelligent CPU frequency tuner)
- ASUS AI Booster Utility
- O.C Profile
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
SOFTWARE - Includes Ghost Recon
" InterVideo Media Launcher (OEM version only)
Striker Extreme Support DVD includes Drivers, ASUS PC
Probe II, ASUS Update, ASUS AI Booster, Futuremark 3DMark
06 Advanced Edition, NVIDIA MediaShield RAID, Kaspersky
PCB SIZE - ATX Form Factor 12" x 9.6"