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Old 02-26-07, 04:33 PM   #1
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Thumbs down 680i is going to be the death of me.

Honestly. I think I've just about had it.

I should have just kept my mouth shut, because I've been praising this chipset for the last week and telling guys how stable it's been since changing my RAM to run at a 1:1 ratio w/ my FSB. Well, it had been. For about the past week and a half to two weeks it had been very stable--not a single BSOD or freeze to be found.

And now, for the last two days, it has been freezing up left and right with the EXACT SAME BIOS SETTINGS. I haven't touched a thing, and suddenly it is starting to crap out on me at every turn. I'm getting BSOD's, random game lockups, screen-freezes when web browsing, etc. It is now failing Orthos at this overclock within 2 and a half minutes when before it would run it for 6+ hours. It is beginning to seem to me that this freaking chipset has a mind of its own and cannot be tamed. I have even CLOCKED BACK EVERYTHING TO STOCK SETTINGS, AND THE STUPID THING IS STILL FREEZING AT EVERY TURN!

I am this close to just saying "The hell with it" and going back to my P5B Deluxe and a single card. I just don't think there's an SLI motherboard that is 775 on the market right now that is stable. This would be the third freaking 650i/680i motherboard I have gone through in just the last few months, and that's ridiculous. I am so pissed at Nvidia right now that I could scream.

I'm typing all this on my buddy's computer because mine is running a Windows repair right now on the off-chance that might have something to do with it, but I seriously doubt it. Because I've been gaming on it for over a week with no problems and suddenly it just started acting up on me.
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Old 02-26-07, 04:46 PM   #2
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Default Re: 680i is going to be the death of me.

Fking lame dude. Ya come back to the P5B deluxe with meeee!!
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Old 02-26-07, 04:47 PM   #3
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Default Re: 680i is going to be the death of me.

I recently sold mine on eBay, or I'd probably be installing it right now. I wonder if there's a way that I can cancel the sale.
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Old 02-26-07, 04:48 PM   #4
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I wonder what eVGA's RMA rate is with their 680i mobo. Because I've heard LOTS of people with problems. Much fewer problems with Intel chipsets.
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Old 02-26-07, 04:51 PM   #5
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I hear ya man.. I had a serious problem since I got it 2 weeks ago.. i finally solved it on Friday with a new power supply.. Who knew that an $250 nVidia SLI approved 850W power supply was not 100% compatible with the board..

a new problem developed on Sunday.. start her up and for some strange reason my bios memory got totally f-ed up.. It forgot all my settings, and hung when i tried to go into some sub menus.. it also didn't recognize any drives anymore and was missing items!..

so I pulled the CMOS battery out for a while and it was fine again.. but kind makes you hmmmm WTF is next!!!..

I've only owned this thing for a coupla weeks and never had so many problems with a system before!

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Old 02-26-07, 05:02 PM   #6
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I've built numerous systems over the past year or two, and never have I seen such a circus that is the 680i.

I had an eVGA 680i to start off with, and the southbridge ran hotter than a motehr#*(@*!er. Sometimes it would get up over 80C, and obviously I knew that wasn't right. I took the southbridge heat-sink off and saw that the thermal paste looked more like a hunk of play-doh a kindergartner had slapped on the chip, so I cleaned that off and applied my own and re-set the heatsink on the southbridge hoping it would help temps.

Temps went down about 5C but still got over 80C occasionally when in SLI mode. Eventually, it ended up dying on me. I'm guessing the overheating southbridge just finally fried.

Replaced the eVGA w/ an Asus P5N-E 650i. Spent several hours w/ assembly since I'm watercooled only to find out the board was DOA. Only motherboard out of about 6-7 that I have owned that I have EVER been shipped that was like that. The light would come on the motherboard, but it would never power up all the way. Sometimes I could get it to power on for a second or two, but it would immediately shut back down.

So, I said "screw that," and went back to the 680i. This time I tried a BFG board. Had some stability problems in the beginning. Couldn't get the BIOS to flash correctly because it wouldn't read my floppy drive and finally did using the Windows flash utility to the P24. Had some stability issues w/ overclocking my Conroe because the board doesn't like anything but a 1:1 memory ratio w/ the FSB. Finally ended up getting her stable @ 3.6. Passed Orthos for 6+ hours, dual Prime for 6+ hours, and Windows Memtest for 3+ hours.

Now it's failing them all 2 weeks later at the exact same settings.

If it turns out I ditch this board and don't decide to go with an Asus like the P5N32-E Plus, I will never, ever come within 50 miles of an Nvidia chipset ever again.
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Old 02-26-07, 05:05 PM   #7
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You could try the new Gigabyte 680i. I wouldn't though.
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Old 02-26-07, 05:25 PM   #8
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Default Re: 680i is going to be the death of me.

If I go w/ another SLI board, it'll be the P5N32-E Plus. It looks like that one uses the southbridge from the AMD 590-series but a 650i northbridge. People seem to be reporting much better stability/overclocking with that one from the brief reviews I've read so far.

I've spent a lot on this setup and really don't want to go back to a single card solution. So, I may give this thing one more shot before I completely give up on it, but it will not be one of the nForce 6 chipsets. I'm through with them. Nvidia has wasted enough of my time and money.
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If I go w/ another SLI board, it'll be the P5N32-E Plus. It looks like that one uses the southbridge from the AMD 590-series but a 650i northbridge. People seem to be reporting much better stability/overclocking with that one from the brief reviews I've read so far.

I've spent a lot on this setup and really don't want to go back to a single card solution. So, I may give this thing one more shot before I completely give up on it, but it will not be one of the nForce 6 chipsets. I'm through with them. Nvidia has wasted enough of my time and money.

Yeah I feel you man. I mean ****, you bought a few mobos already, 1200$ on gfx cards, dual waterblocks.. Sheesh. I spent maybe 1500ish on my rig and id be HEATED if it wouldnt work correctly.
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Old 02-26-07, 05:48 PM   #10
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am I lucky or what, I have not had any problems with the BFG 680i
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I never ran my Striker Extreme at 1:1 settings. I found the most stable settings to be 5:3 or 5:4 I can't remember. Mind you my memory was at 1120MHz 4-4-4-5 and my E6700 @ 3.5GHz. I never had one hitch at those settings.
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Old 02-26-07, 06:03 PM   #12
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I hate to say it Xion X2 but maybe you should turn down the overclock from 3.6GHz to 3.5Ghz. I'm really impressed that you could push the E6600 to a 1.2GHz overclock. That's just crazy. My E6700 could not get past 3.5GHz if I wanted it stable. But to me 3.5GHz was heaven. Smooth as butter.
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