Closer Look at Nvidia nForce 680i LT SLI Chipset
Now that we have discussed the peculiarities of the DFI LANPARTY UT NF680i LT SLI-T2R mainboard, a very logical question arises: why is it built on the Nvidia nForce 680i LT SLI chipset, and not on a fully-fledged nForce 680i SLI? And what are the differences between the two? The table below may answer some of these questions:
Frankly speaking, I can’t notice any significant differences. According to this table as posted on Nvidia’s official website, they promise that nForce 680i SLI based boards would offer us better choice of overclocking friendly options and parameters, but these are pure allegations: it all depends on what you will compare it to. We have come across some mainboards based on this chipset that boast very mediocre overclocking options and sometimes even really poor ones. As for the fact that the top chipset supports 1200MHz memory, while the LT one – only 800MHz memory, I don’t think this feature is really important as we can manually set any memory frequency and timings we need. As for the factual chipset specs, they are simply the same.
So, why did they need to release a “lite” chipset modification at all? The answer to this question is given on Nvidia’s web-site, too:
So it looks like Nvidia nForce 680i LT SLI chipset model brings the performance level and features of the top-of-the-line chipset at the reference board price of less than $200. How did they manage that? To drop down the price they had to give up some of the excessive and not vitally important features. The reference boards lost the second network card and third PCI Express x16 slot, Power On and Reset buttons, POST code indicator pad, 2 USB ports (there are 8 instead of 10), the cooling system no longer used heatpipes in its design…
And what did DFI do about it? They returned back everything that had been removed, thus bringing the price of the end product to the level of an average Nvidia nForce 680i SLI based solution and even higher. The current price point for this mainboard sits around $300, give or take.
The owner of DFI LANPARTY UT NF680i LT SLI-T2R mainboard doesn’t really lose anything, from a formal standpoint: the mainboard’s features are totally comparable to those of its counterparts built on the top chipset model. Hopefully, they have also taken care of the theoretically weaker overclocking features of the LT chipset model, too. At the same time, if you have this board, you don’t gain anything either: you can easily find an nForce 680i SLI based mainboard these days for about $200-$250, but you will need to pay more for the DFI LANPARTY UT NF680i LT SLI-T2R. As for the manufacturer, they pay less for the LT chipset modification.