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XFX gets on board

Graphics specialist XFX has taken its first steps into the motherboard market with the launch of its 600i series of boards.

Graphics specialist XFX has taken its first steps into the motherboard market with the launch of its 600i series of boards. The company claims it has created these products specifically with PC enthusiasts in mind.

Initially boards from the 600i series will feature either nVidia’s 680i SLI- or the 680i LT SLI-chipsets and have been designed to accommodate Intel CPUs.

680i SLI-based boards are designed for users interested in building high-performance PCs. These models are pitched squarely against boards based on Intel’s own high-end 975X chipset and support a maximum front side bus (FSB) speed of 1333MHz. It is compatible with all of Intel’s current LGA775 CPUs.

The 680i SLI also supports memory frequencies of up to 1200MHz and includes nVidia’s own Enhanced Performance Profiles (EPP) technology. When enabled, EPP automatically overclocks the CPU and memory. For EPP to function however, EPP-compatible memory is also required.

XFX claims its 680i SLI motherboards offer up to 22% better performance than motherboards based on Intel’s 975X and 965P chipsets.

Boards based on the 680i LT SLI chipset are designed for gamers on a budget, according to the company. This chipset, which competes in the market with Intel’s P965, features the same maximum FSB speed as the 680i SLI and EPP memory technology but offers a lower maximum memory speed of 800MHz.

XFX’s motherboards should be available across the region by the end of the month. Pricing has not yet been announced.

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