NVIDIA is getting ready to launch a cheaper version of the nForce 680i SLI chipset sometime this month named the nForce 680i LT SLI. The main differences between the 680i and the 680i LT will be that the 680i LT will support FSB1333 RAM, have 8 instead of 10 USB 2.0 ports, and will have 1 GigaByte Ethernet instead of two. Additionally, the 680i LT will probably be cooled by a traditional active solution instead of a heat-pipe array. The new chipset is meant to target hard-core gamers offering more affordability in comparison to other chipsets in the nForce 600 series.
NVIDIA is preparing to launch a cheaper version of their nForce 680i SLI chipset next month at CeBIT and the chipset samples will be ready by end of this month as VR-Zone has learned. DailyTech has reported earlier, this chipset support Core 2 Duo/Quad, FSB1333, DDR2-800 instead of DDR2-1200, 8 USB 2.0 ports instead of 10, 1 GbE instead of 2. VR-Zone learned that LinkBoost is removed from 680i LT and NVIDIA won't be too emphasizing on the overclockability of the 680i LT since they have learned a lesson from the huge FSB OC variations on the 680i. Also nForce 680i LT reference board will not have heat-pipes but just normal active cooling but the layout of the board is pretty similar.