Oh trust me, the generic NVIDIA engineered 680i boards aren't even close to the highly developed 965 boards out there.
As for the features, I'm not talking about BIOS, but the board itself, what it offers and its layout.
If you want to see what a real man's BIOS is like, check the DFI Lanparty ICFX3200-T2R/G.
Ok I've got a question for you, Jyuu, to do with the 8800GTX this time (or actually, nVidia in general). Have you noticed a tendency for nVidia cards to emit a very soft, high pitched noise only as you play games? I've never noticed it on an ATI card before, but my last two nVidia cards have made this noise (that includes this one, it's ever so faint but it's still there).
I might end up taking it back to the shop for a replacement.
Nope, all my recent previous NVIDIA cards (6800 Ultra, 7800GTX, 7800GTX 512MB, 7900GTX, 8800GTX) have been very quiet compared to my ATI ones (X800, X850XT-PE, X1900XT, HD 2900XT).
The X800s and X1900XT were particularly loud. They sounded like jet engines.
Maybe I should clarify, it has nothing at all to do with the fans on the cards. It's a high pitched buzzing noise that occurs when the card is very active, such as while playing a game, or sometimes when scrolling up and down in Internet Explorer or whatever other browser you use (but strangely enough, not when I'm playing videos. It's usually so faint that it's barely noticeable, but my 7800GTX grew louder slowly over the course of its lifetime. Now the noise is actually loud enough to annoy me slightly while playing games, unless I'm wearing headphones of course.
You have a faulty cap or two.
Well, that's annoying, but how sure are you? I've been trying to research this problem ever since I first got my 7800GTX, to no avail. Nobody on the internet seems to know the answer. Here are a list of some things that people have claimed cause the problem:
- faulty power supply (except I've got a Corsair 520HX, which is supposed to be a high quality PSU)
- ground loop causing interference with speakers (which is not it, because turning my speakers off doesn't help at all)
- copper inductors on the motherboard near the CPU socket vibrating
- faulty MOSFETS on the motherboard
Caps caps caps.
Granted, I haven't seen any video card do it, but I've seen motherboards and power supplies with faulty caps that did it.