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Monday, April 30, 2007
EVGA 680i LT Motherboard

3. The Package

The EVGA 680i LT costs around US$210, making it still too expensive for the ordinary user. Enthusiast users will probably find the price very appealing, compared with other 680i based proposals:

All included accessories are well packaged:

Below is a list of what's in the retail package:

The EVGA 680i LT includes:

  • 1x EVGA 680i LT motherboard
  • 1x back faceplate
  • 1x SLI connector
  • 1x Floppy cable
  • 1x ATA133 cable
  • 1x USB2.0 expansion module
  • 1x CD-ROM with drivers
  • 1x Diskette with RAID drivers
  • 1x printed quick installation guide in 4 languages

The board itself is well laid out and all parts can be easily identified:

Let's zoom in on the CPU area:

We can clearly see the active cooling solution (heatsink+fan) for the northbridge. The nearby components are low profile so there shouldn't be any problems if you decide to use any of the larger 3rd party cooling solutions. The motherboard has four banks for memory modules, providing up to a maximum of 8GB (4x2GB).

What's rather unusual and frankly, not well placed, is the on/off - reset switch connections that connect to the front of the case. They are placed next to the memory banks and if you add the additional power supply connection on the motherboard, it's very difficult to get access. So when your installing the motherboard, remember to connect the wiring from the front panel first, before installing any memory.

Using the Intel default fan, you will not have problems with the nearby northbridge fan. However, with larger coolers, it might be a squeeze. In our case, we tried the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro. In order to get everything to fit, we had to move the northbridge fan over a bit:

Moving to the south area of the board, we can see the air cooling system of the southbridge and the 2x SATA 2 connectors.:

The EVGA 680i LT SLI supports 2x PCI-E x16 slots. As we explained in a previous page, the EVGA 680i board has three (3) PCI-E lines for a future Physics card. There is enough room for large sized VGA cards so no complaints here:

There are several I/O internal slots available for extra USB, Front Panel connectors, etc. The back I/O panel has the usual connections:

  • 1x PS/2 Keyboard
  • 1x PS/2 Mouse
  • 1x RJ45 port (1GBit LAN)
  • 1x S/PDIF Out (Coaxial + Optical)
  • 1x 1394a (Firewire)
  • 4x USB 2.0
  • 6-Channel Audio I/O




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