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GIGABYTE GA-N680SLI-DQ6 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

  • NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI
  • Core 2 Quad / Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo
  • DDR2 800
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Learn more about the GIGABYTE GA-N680SLI-DQ6

Model

Brand
GIGABYTE
Model
GA-N680SLI-DQ6

Supported CPU

CPU Socket Type
LGA 775
CPU Type
Core 2 Quad / Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo
FSB
1333/1066MHz

Chipsets

Chipset
NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI

Memory

Number of Memory Slots
4×240pin
Memory Standard
DDR2 800
Maximum Memory Supported
8GB
Channel Supported
Dual Channel

Expansion Slots

PCI Express x16
2
PCI Express x8
1
PCI Express x1
1
PCI Slots
3

Storage Devices

PATA
1 x ATA100 2 Dev. Max
SATA 3Gb/s
10
SATA RAID
0/1/0+1/5

Onboard Video

Onboard Video Chipset
None

Onboard Audio

Audio Chipset
Realtek ALC888
Audio Channels
8 Channels

Onboard LAN

LAN Chipset
Marvell 88E1116
Second LAN Chipset
Marvell 88E8052/88E8056
Max LAN Speed
Quad 10/100/1000Mbps

Rear Panel Ports

PS/2
2
COM
1
USB 1.1/2.0
4 x USB 2.0
IEEE 1394
1 x IEEE 1394a
S/PDIF Out
1 x Optical
Audio Ports
6 Ports

Internal I/O Connectors

Onboard USB
6 x USB 2.0
Onboard 1394
2 x 1394a

Physical Spec

Form Factor
ATX
Dimensions
12.0" x 9.6"
Power Pin
24 Pin

Features

Features
To use a DDR2 800/667 memory module on the motherboard, you must install a 1333/1066/800MHz FSB processor

Packaging

Package Contents
GA-N680SLI-DQ6
Driver Disk
User Manual
Rear I/O Panel Shield
IDE/PATA Cable
FDD Cable
SATA Cables
SATA Power Cable
eSATA Cables
eSATA Cable Bracket
SLI Bridge
SLI Retention Bracket

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Anonymous
  • 7/27/2007 6:29:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid Motherboard

Pros: Very stable, runs cool, 10 sata ports for future expansion. Quad core and 1333FSB ready. I previously had one of the 680i AS*S board and I had a world of problems which eventually led to me leave for a new company and I was skeptical at first but now I see Gigabyte as a solid motherboard manufacturer. Most of the good stuff is already said in previous reviews so I won't repeat

Cons: Having to research that you had to press CTRL+F1 at the main bios screen to get the memory timings.

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  • Harold H.
  • 7/23/2007 9:26:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA Pro Gamers Choice

Pros: I have read what the whiners said in dissing this board, some most unfairly. Maybe some of them got rev. 1, and it had problems, I don't know, but this is the cream of the crop, for any gamer who understands timing, and ocing, and wants the prettiest SLI board on the block. Yes, it is a complicated board, but it was made that way. Its a board that you get out, what you put into it. I personally have been using Gigabyte boards exclusively since the Pentium III, with never a hitch, but when you put in the last plug and the covers are on, and you power up, it fires, you really do feel a sense of achievement. This is a high end system, for the high end game builder who wants unlimited options. If you want a board that offers a challenge, and a feeling of satisfaction when your done, this board is for you.

Cons: This board is not without its cons, Planning a head is a must. Not all custom coolers will fit, the back fan may have to be downsized. A good case is a must, and a heavy duty power supply is a must. The bios is different if you aren't use to gigabyte bios, and it took some time for me to figure it all out even knowing Gigabyte bios. This is system that one must read the manual to understand, and it takes some other research as well to figure it all out. Its not any easy board, but it is a very good board. If you want easy. this is not the board for you.

Other Thoughts: AthenaTech model A602 case, w/Antec’s TruePower Trio 650W, and 3 Antec Antec 75009 92mm Case Fans . GA-N680SLI-DQ6, with Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz. OCZ Platinum 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500), Scythe SCNJ-1100P 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, (2) Western Digital Caviar WD1600BB 160GB 7200 RPM 2MB Cache in Raid 0, (2) Lite-on DVD -RW, one (20x) with DVD Ram and Lightscribe, other 16X, (2) Western Digital My Book Essential WDG1U2500N 250GB. Logitech G15 keys, and MX 518 mouse. Viewed on Sony Trinitron 22" E540 with Creative G500 310 Watts RMS 5.1 GigaWorks ProGamer Speaker System. Let the games begin.

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  • Christopher T.
  • 7/21/2007 10:24:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJudgedredd

Pros: this board is vary stable
this is my second 680I board and ill have to say by far the best

runs real cool 24C for me on water with a QX6700 at 3.20

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: could have include the PCI USB bracket

i bought this board to replace a Asus Striker Extreme that had problems this was my second ASUS board and and my Last gigabyte has allways been good to be nothing but gigabyte from now on

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/4/2007 9:29:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsHorrible BIOS configuration!

Pros: Keeps your CPU about 10C lower than other Boards without water cooling.

Cons: I have been building computers for 17 years and the BIOS configuration on this board does not allow you to manually configure memory case latency and when I tried to up my memory voltage the board displayed an error stating voltage failure. In addition, there are no decent settings to adjust fan RPM’s. The creator of these BIOS is still living in the 1990’s. If you need to manually set BIOS configurations, don’t buy this board.

Other Thoughts: I witched out the board with a BFG nForce 680i SLI and all is well and the BFG NVIDIA BIOS allows me to configure just about everything.

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  • Troy E.
  • 7/1/2007 8:58:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsVery disappointing show

Pros: None

Cons: This board failed in 3 hours of usage. While attempted to work with this board, I ran into so many issues with the heat sinks that are on this board. You have to install a very small heat sink, fan combination, or small water cooling block, as my Apogee water block does not fit. You can do the recommendation of removing the heat sinks from this board, but then why the heck are you buying this board? Talk about throwing your money away. During the process of getting the OS loaded the system would sporadically reboot itself for no reason. Also, BIOS updates are a mess. Just not with this board, Gigabyte has always had a problem with updating their BIOS. Over clocking this board requires some math, so good luck with that.

Other Thoughts: In an attempt to RMA this board with Newegg, they stated that this board has been discontinued by the manufacturer, thus I got a 100% refund. But apparently after more research, there are 2 versions of this board. So if you are interested in this board, I suggest you make sure you get version 2. Most likely the people with positive comments have version 2. As a side note, I went with equivalent eVGA instead, much better board, simple to install, configure, BIOS updates are a breeze, and $100 less.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/30/2007 1:39:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe best 680i choice!

Pros: Wow, where to start, the best mb ive ever had! no problems, everything worked great. I was very very worried about buying a 680i board after all the fuss over the standard nvidia model, but gigabyte got it right! they were late in the game, releasing their board months after everyone else, but they were smart. They let everyone else fight the problems while they learned. They have fixed almost every issue with the 680i mb's. I say almost because I have yet to run a quad core in it and don't want to attest to soemthing I have not tried. I've heard that it works tho. evxa's board are bad about burning up emory, and evxa doesn't look interested in fixing the problem either, but my gigabyte had no problems with 2 gb's of dual channel 1066 corsaxr dominatory memory! No post errors, no anything bad, at all. Perfect install. The heat pipe works great. THE BEST PRO? all the main connectors are on the edge of the board, making the wires easy to hide.

Cons: speaking of heat pipes, the south bridge runs right under my 8800 gts...I don't see any heat issues, but I'm not happy about it. As everyone has said, this mb overclocks with + and -. Might sound confusing, but once you do it, it's easy to use. There are plenty of overclocking resources on this board if you need help. The OS based overclocking software is ok, good for beginners who want to stay out of the bios...but limited.

Other Thoughts: OOh! another pro, solid capacitors. Supposedly they last up to 15 years with no problem. We'll see. I've had liquid capacitors go bad on my old pc's and customers computers, so I'm happy to see a change. Keep the liquid capacitors cool ppl! clean the dust out, buy an extra fan.

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  • Kenneth A.
  • 6/26/2007 10:47:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot all it's cracked up to be.

Pros: 4 High-Speed LAN connections, solidly built motherboard, color coded periphereal connections (instead of stamped metal), dual BIOS redundancy and multiple profiles, hard drive (system restore) recovery capabilities built in, just don't forget to leave a sizable amount of unallocated space on the hard drive before installing everything. Oh, and nice box, I almost stuck it on my shelf. Hope I didn't pay for that.

Cons: Where do I start? Overclocking this board takes a long time if you are not very experienced, all voltages are given in relative amounts (+.1, +.15, etc.), who knows the standard voltages for every bus on the system? It runs WAY TOO HOT, you WILL NOT overclock this board and not use some type of active chipset cooler; the CPU fan speed control does not work, it is locked at a certain temperature no matter what I set it at, I had to disable it and run the fan fullspeed to keep the CPU cooler; the gigabyte raid controller only supports 2 disk arrays, so no 0+1 support on that controller; For the NVidia RAID controller, I have yet to find out how to rebuild an array on the fly without rebooting and reconfiguring it. 4 SATA ports face horizontally, backwards, expect it to be very difficult to plug anything in these ports. This shows a real lack of thought during the engineering process. This board is made for a stock cooler, the artic freezer 7 has to be modified to work.

Other Thoughts: I bought this board to support a xeon 3060 server. I needed 5 LAN connections. Its hard to find decent priced dual PCI-E lancards to work with todays newer motherboards if you need multiple LAN connections, so I saved money on LAN cards and bought this for it's 4 Highspeed LAN connections. If I didn't need the LAN connections there is no way in the world I would spend this much money on an over-rated, over-priced motherboard. Spend your money on a better product. I have my 2.4Ghz 3060 running at 3.15Ghz, 350Mhz FSB, all voltages are stock, CPU running at 50C full load.

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  • William T.
  • 6/18/2007 4:26:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice Board

Pros: Very nice board. Supports Quad core, runs great with 8gbs of inexpensive Patri*t memory. 10 SATA ports, 4 NICS onboard.

Cons: 1. Neither the drivers on the included disc, or the ones on their web site had the RAID driver for the NVidia RAID controller. I had to download the driver from NVidia's site.
2. The latest "F4" bios revision caused Windows to restart rather than shutdown, reverted to F3 now I have no problems, although I may be missing some OC ability for the quad core. 3. NVidia's LAN Management utilty for NIC teaming is not good.
ALl minor issues, but that is why a 4 rather than a 5 rating.

Other Thoughts: Very stable once I ironed out the above mentioned issues.
The utilities from Gigabyte for this board bite, they are basically worthless. Fortunately, there are others ways to do most everythin I need.

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  • Andrei R.
  • 6/13/2007 8:51:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsOne Board To Rule Them ALL !!!!!

Pros: Excellent performer and great overclocker. I’ve had this board for 4 months and I almost decided not to post a review – mostly because I didn’t purchase it from Newegg. But, after reading some of them, I changed my mind. This board is great. It has everything that you might ever need and more. People first complained about the 4 Ethernet ports, well u can “team up” 2 of them and build a stronger connection – check out NVIDIA teaming on their website. Then, people complained about the “weird” cooling. I bought the RCX-Z775-SL Rosewill pushpin cpu cooler ($ 40 from newegg) and overclocked my c2d e6600 from 2.4 to 3.2 GHZ, idles at 27C and under load at 33-35C – yeah the board’s cooling is awful. And btw, if you’re going for a wcooling setup, the backplate comes off in like 2 min (if u have a screwdriver of course). Regarding BIOS updates, if you don’t know what u’re doing, buy yourself a Dell- they have some good discounts btw. I flashed my bios 4 times – F2 to F3, F3 to F4E (beta versio

Cons: When overcloking this board, don’t leave the voltage settings “optimized”. It will drastically increase the voltage on your cpu and it will shutdown.

Other Thoughts: If you need more information, there’s a very good forum dedicated only for this awesome gigabyte board:

There are about 44 pages with useful information only for board – general tips, overcloking techniques, u name it , it’s there. Go and check it out, before you post any other reviews!!!
According to Everest Ultimate Edition, my system never had any BSOD’s. (system uptime - 87 days). That should also say something about this board.

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  • Nitin K.
  • 6/13/2007 3:44:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggsHad the same problem like the reviewer before me.

Pros: great looks, and lots of features. thats about it.

Cons: well for people that have been lucky to get a great experience with this board have nothing to complain, my board posted fine, after trying to update the bios via floppy method it told me everything flashed ok. but guess what it didnt my bios on boot up still said f3 while the one i flashed was f4. did this about 10 times, even downloaded the bios from the internet just to make sure i wasnt stupid. still didnt update the bios, it kept on saying my bios was still f3. so tried to update it through windows. well when i did that board never posted again.

Other Thoughts: all the fancy looks didint work for me, i am happy with the reference design

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