Updating bios xfx 680i lt
What comes to mind when you think of the word ‘value’?
Do images of cheap construction or poor build quality come to mind?
Looking at the picture below we see that installing a card, in this case a Creative Audigy 2 ZS sound card, in the bottom slot causes a very cramped situation should you want to use the USB headers on the board.
While using the next PCI slot up was a possibility, I prefer to give the GPU as much room as possible to breath.
That’s a great price for a motherboard as we are seeing more and more motherboards priced well over 0 USD.
Not only that but I have easily been able to find this board for under 0 USD!
Not only do the boxes serve to protect but they also serve to inform.
That a company well known for world class video cards is going to offer a motherboard packed with features at a price many of us can afford? That’s because, at XFX®, we don’t just create great digital video components–we build all-out, mind-blowing, performance crushing, competition-obliterating video cards and motherboards.” “Oh, and not only are they amazing, you don’t have to live on dry noodles and peanut butter to afford them.”XFX is a division of PINE Technologies, a leading manufacturer of state-of-the-art processing components. Performance Based on NVIDIA n Force 650i Ultra Chipset Supports Intel Core 2 Extreme, Intel Core 2 Quad, Intel Core 2 Duo, Pentium EE, and Pentium processors 1066/1333* Mhz Front Side Bus Memory 4 x 240-pin DIMM sockets Dual Channel DDR2 Maximum of 8GB of DDR2 533/667/800MHz Expansion Slots 1 x PCIe x16 2 x PCIe x1 3 x PCIStorage I/O 1 x Ultra DMA133 1 x Floppy disk drive connector 4 x Serial ATA 300MB/sec RAID 0, 1, 0 1, 5Integrated Peripherals 8-Channel (7.1) High Definition Audio 1 x Gigabit LANMulti I/O 1 x PS2 Keyboard 1 x PS2 Mouse 8 x USB 2.0 ports (4 external 4 internal headers) Audio connector (Line-in, Line-out, MIC)Form Factor ATX Form Factor Length: 12.0in – 304.8mm Width: 9.6in – 243.6mm As we can see from the list Nvidia does a good job of packing features into this chipset while keeping costs low.In order to run your memory in dual channel mode, using two sticks of similar memory, you insert each one into the same colored socket. white & white or black & black) This is common practice in the industry but what differs here is that the numbering of the slots is not in the usual order.By using the same colored slots your memory would ordinarily be numbered 0 & 2 or 1 & 3. Again, this is a minor point but if you weren’t paying attention and you looked under a program like CPU-z or n Tune you may think you installed your RAM in the wrong sockets and aren’t getting the full potential of your memory.I say curious because while many manufacturers are aware of the popularity of overclocking few have gone so far as to say it right on their packaging that this unit can handle some overclocking goodness. Looking at the layout of this board we see XFX adhering to the reference design right down to the last transistor.
This is a good thing in my opinion as everything is well spaced out.It is quite a bit larger than the boxes my Asus motherboards of yore have come in.