Excerpt: Gigabyte cranks up the specsmanship for its GA-N680SLI-DQ6, which offers no fewer than 10 SATA ports and four Gigabit Ethernet ports. Yep. Four. What you’d ever need four Ethernet ports for, we don’t know. The N680SLI-DQ6 also sports a honking heat pipe that actually wraps around to the back of the motherboard to a heatsink.
Summary: The N680SLI-DQ6 doesn't appear to be selling online at the moment, but Gigabyte says the board should be available soon with a suggested retail price of $309. That's hardly chump change, but it's not entirely unreasonable considering that Asus' flagship Striker Extreme sells for . And the Striker doesn't have nearly the same array of Serial ATA and Gigabit Ethernet options as the DQ6.
Excerpt: It's no secret that Intel's Core 2 platform is the hottest thing since the Beatles, and companies are lining up to make chipsets for this king of the desktop processors. SiS has already got chips available, Intel has as always had its own platform chips and even AMD/ATI has its Crossfire 3200 Intel Edition. Although, in our opinion the best player in the performance and enthusiast chipset realm is nVidia.
Conclusion: Compared to other motherboards we tested, this one is actually faster, even when compared to the 680i SLI LT. Especially in real-life situations like games, to a point where results get a bit confusing, confusing being a positive thing. Now we can only wonder if there are a couple of more horse powers left in the BIOS, drivers and the package alltogether, because we feel like there is.
Summary: If you're a gamer, and especially if you host LAN parties, you'll be interested in the features this Gigabyte board offers: full-speed SLI, four LAN ports and up to ten SATA ports, including four eSATA ports.
Pros: Heat-pipe cooling, silent cooling, four eSATA ports, full-speed SLI, four LAN ports, overclockable
Cons: Slow WorldBench score compared to competing boards we've tested
Conclusion: Competition has always been fierce in the PC component market and with core logic designs getting more and more advanced, it has become a battleground of outdoing the competition in terms of features. Gigabyte can be credited for bringing full solid capacitor designs into the mainstream, but their advantage only lasted a few months as every other major manufacturer is now switching to similar designs.
Summary: Системную плату Gigabyte GA-N680SLI-DQ6 можно порекомендовать всем, кто хочет построить мощный игровой и мультимедийный компьютер с широкими возможностями последующей модернизации.
Pros: Производительность платы оказалась ожидаемо высокой. BIOS системной платы содержит развитые средства для автоматизированного «разгона» параметров ЦП и памяти. На базе Gigabyte GA-N680SLI-DQ6 можно построить компьютер с мощнейшей дисковой подсистемой. Не менее впечатляюще выглядит и коммуникационная подсистема.