EVGA NForce 680i SLI Motherboard Review
The EVGA NF680i SLI Motherboard, made by NVIDIA
One interesting feature of this board is the 3 PCI-E slot offering.
A potential use of a third PCIe slot is for physics. NVIDIA GPUs enable physics
effects to be simulated and rendered on the GPU, delivering immense floating
point computational ability that results in great performance and visual effects.
Games can implement much more realistic smoke, fire, and explosions. Expect
to see far more physics simulations in DirectX 10 games running on GeForce 8800
GPUs due to it’s highly programmable GPUs. To read more about the new Generation GeForce 8800GTX, take a look at our review here.
The electrically x8 PCI-E slot in between the dual x16 PCI-E
slots to compute physics.
With this, it also opens up a 6 display potential, when NOT
running SLI. The above picture pretty much explains this. The even-more thrilling
fact is that the single display “curse” when running SLI is finally
broken with this configuration!
I lost count of the number of times I’ve heard people lamenting
about the lack of dual display with SLI, but this breaks the curse, albiet at
the cost of a third graphics card. Still, getting full SLI performance with
a secondary display chartering other applications on top of the game you are
playing is a real blessing. I wonder if even we can pull out a third display
by configuring the middle GPU to run dual display modes. This SLI + secondary
display will be implemented in the near future with a driver release and I’m
really looking forward to this!