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Old 01-14-2007, 12:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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To be succinct, some nForce 680i motherboards have SATA issues. Data seems to get corrupted for no reason causing BSODs and corrupted hard drive errors. Obviously there is a reason, but the problem to the end user may seem very sporadic. The problems are severe enough that they can render a new system build useless. Talking to NVIDIA about this, we came up with the answers to a few questions, but no solutions.

Yes, NVIDIA is aware of the 680i issue and has been able to recreate it in their test labs.

Yes, NVIDIA is working to fix this.

Yes, NVIDIA states it is not a hardware issue, but rather a driver issue so we are all hoping for a fix.

Shooting from the hip on this, and I am no driver engineer, but this sounds like a hardware problem to me. I hate to say it, but there seems to be a chipset problem here that is not apparent in every piece of silicon. I hope I am wrong and it is just a driver issue that can be fixed through a new driver drop, but I am not hopeful of this. After seeing Dan take his 680i build that was causing him severe problems, change out motherboards, and his problems then going away, it is hard for me to think that a driver caused the issue.

NVIDIA’s track record at HardOCP with storage controller solutions over the life of the nForce brand has been poor to say the least, but has been getting better as NVIDIA has moved forward. With their recent acquisition of ULI, we expected to see all storage issues related to the nForce chipset go away, but that has certainly not been the case.

sounds not so good to me...?

http://www.evga.com/community/messag...TOPIC_ID=21626
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I had no idea the 680i had problems like that. Hadn't heard a single thing, while lurking XtremeSystems.org forums.

I'm hoping a driver update will fix it, but until i hear that, i'm not going to be buying a 680i board.
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yeah i was pretty surprised, i mean i went with a 975x, but i hear so many people getting a 680i i hope they dont have the same probs.
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Like I said on the other post p23 bios are supposed to fix the SATA problems
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"Supposed to," but Vista was "supposed to" come out in the summer.
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True,

The drivers are no longer in beta however, so the odds that they don't work are slim.
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you make a mobo with those probs and i dont want a "fix". it shows alot about a product. i know everything has its flaws, but it still doesnt look good.
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If you look on the dates from the posts you see they are from November 2006. If you go to page 30 of 30 you see the posters thanking evga for fixing the problem, dated December of 2006. This is old news fellas.

http://www.evga.com/community/messag...TOPIC_ID=23243

That is a link to download the final P23 BIOS

That will clear up any old issues with this motherboard.
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exactly what I said.
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my point is, that it was released as garbage. your crazy to stick up for a company that put customers through that. second people are having problems with 680i boards and dont know why so if they read it they will find out how to reslove the problem.
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