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ECS NF650iSLIT-A Motherboard
Written by Gizmo   
Monday, 11 June 2007 22:36

Hardware Secrets have a go with this motherboard:

NF650iSLIT-A from ECS is based on the latest nVidia mainstream chipset for the Intel platform, nForce 650i, being a motherboard targeted to the average user that wants SLI and support for the forthcoming Core 2 Duo CPUs based on the new 1,333 MHz external bus.

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 It is important to know that when under SLI mode nForce 650i makes the two PCI Express x16 slots to run at x8 speed and not at x16. This is exactly the same behavior as other previous mainstream chipsets from nVidia like nForce 570 SLI and nForce 4 SLI. NForce 650i brings two advantages over these two older chipsets. First, it supports the new 1,333 MHz external bus that will be used by new Core 2 Duo CPUs yet to be released; Second, it officially supports DDR2 up to 800 MHz, while these other chipsets supported only up to DDR2-667.

Contrary to what occur on ASUS P5N-E SLI, on NF650iSLIT-A you don’t need to change the position of a small board in order to enable SLI mode, which is great. This motherboard from ECS has also two x1 PCI Express slots, while on ASUS model there is only one.

On nForce 650i chipset the north bridge chip is called C55 and the south bridge chip is called nForce 430i (MCP51) – this is the same south bridge chip used by several other nVidia chipsets. On this motherboard an active cooler cools down the north bridge chip, while the south bridge chip uses a passive cooler. This is another difference between ECS NF650iSLIT-A and ASUS P5N-E SLI, as on ASUS model the north bridge uses a passive heatsink and the south bridge does not use a heatsink at all.

On the memory side, ECS NF650iSLIT-A has four DDR2-DIMM sockets, supporting up to 8 GB officially up to DDR2-800. On this motherboard sockets 1 and 3 are orange and sockets 2 and 4 are purple. Configuring DDR2 dual channel on this motherboard is pretty easy: just install each module on a socket with the same color.

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