Foxconn launches 680i board

Written by Wil Harris

January 18, 2007 | 15:00

Companies: #foxconn

For those wanting the leading SLI experience, multimedia enthusiasts, extreme gamers and overclockers, FOXCONN, the global leader in the design and manufacture of computer, communications and consumer electronic components, unleashes the N68S7AA-8EKRS2H motherboard with the revolutionary NVIDIA® 680i SLI chipset driving a range of Intel multi/single-core processors. The N68S7AA-8EKRS2H’s highly-scalable LGA775 socket supports the groundbreaking Intel® Core™2 Extreme/Intel® Core™2 Quad, Intel® Core™2 Duo/Intel® Pentium® D, or single-core Intel® Pentium® 4 processors for an optimum balance of performance and energy efficiency. With a multi-core CPU, massive 1333 MHz Front Side Bus and up to 8 GB of dual-channel DDR2 800/667/533 MHz system memory, the N68S7AA-8EKRS2H sets new benchmarks to meet the needs of performance hungry overclockers and gamers. Along with
the blazing performance, comprehensive I/O support and a full arsenal of FOXCONN, Intel, and NVIDIA innovations fuel any enthusiast’s existing or upcoming computing needs.

The N68S7AA-8EKRS2H efficiently supports highly threaded applications, extracting the most out of the four or two processing cores to boost overall system performance. It can easily handle the most intense 3D gaming, graphics rendering, or high-definition video playback, and comes ready for performance enthusiasts with the dynamic FoxOne™ Windows and BIOS overclocking technology. With the 680i SLI chipset and FoxOne, FSB, CPU, memory, PCI Express slots and other system settings can manually or automatically be adjusted to match performance needs. The NVIDIA nTunes utility is also supported that also offers dynamic overclocking of system parameters as well as SLI GPUs.The NVIDIA 680i SLI chipset utilizes two 64-bit memory controllers and a 128-bit interface to support the increasing number of 64-bit OS/applications as well as legacy 32-bit support. The N68S7AA-8EKRS2H also supports SLI-ready memory modules with EPP that are proven to increase memory bandwidth on NVIDIA® SLI™-based platforms.

Equally potent is the N68S7AA-8EKRS2H graphics subsystem featuring three PCI Express® x16 slots running at true x16 implementations. The PCIE x16 slots deliver over 4 GB/s of upstream and downstream data traffic and are NVIDIA SLI-ready to enable extreme gamers, graphic artists, and other performance users to scale graphics using two SLI graphic cards. With NVIDIA SLI, games and graphics come to life with unprecedented clarity and detailed precision. The N68S7AA-8EKRS2H is of course ready to run the graphics-driven Windows Vista™ Premium operating system set to debut this season. The third PCI Express® slot can be used for new three GPU applications, a physics card or another PCIe card of your choice.

The N68S7AA-8EKRS2H secures digital media assets via a server-grade storage system that supports up to seven Serial ATA II hard disk drives (1 x eSATA) with up to 3 GB/s data transfer speed, native and tagged command queuing, and hot-plug functionality. Teamed-up with NVIDIA® MediaShield™ Storage Technology, the N68S7AA-8EKRS2H accelerates the creation of RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5 and JBOD configurations across SATA drives using a simple, wizard-based interface. The integrated RAID support enhances disk performance and promotes rigid data protection without the need for an additional RAID card.

Making sure gamers and multimedia users experience uninterrupted online gaming and digital content downloads, the N68S7AA-8EKRS2H offers dual Gigabit LAN ports. The N68S7AA-8EKRS2H incorporates the bandwidth-conditioning NVIDIA FirstPacket™ and DualNet® technologies to enhance connectivity by managing data, voice, and game content delivery based on user preferences. The NVIDIA DualNet® technology implements Teaming on the LAN ports, enabling them to work together to provide twice the bandwidth for large data transfers. This intuitive network innovation also provides network redundancy that eliminates connection downtime. This means users can now game online, FTP and Skype all at the same time without sacrificing transmission performance.

The N68S7AA-8EKRS2H comes with 8-channel high-definition audio, an S/PDIF interface and is packed with all I/O essentials including, 2 x PCIe x 1 slots, 2 x PCI slots, 10 high-speed USB 2.0 ports and 2 x IEEE 1394 ports to conveniently connect digital devices and consumer electronics. Adhering to the highest environmental standards, the N68S7AA-8EKRS2H is RoHS-compliant and guaranteed 100% safe for home use.
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