For the last month or so the hot discussion in the computer enthusiast community has centered around motherboards based on the Intel P35/ICH9R chipset. We're certainly not going to try to either support or dispute any of the rationale used by our enthusiast brethren in making these statements. In our own testing we have found the P35 boards to be quite capable. We're also well aware that the release of any new product coupled with the marketing hype that surrounds it can readily turn today's hot property into yesterday's news. All of us that adorn the enthusiast title are guilty of wanting and in many cases getting the latest and greatest as soon as possible after the product hits the market.
If everything you've said thus far is true then why even bother to bring all of this up? Good question! First, we were extremely curious why the NVIDIA 680i based motherboard which 60 days ago was the 'holy grail' of overclocking lost so much popularity in the enthusiast ranks, seemingly overnight. Secondly, we were curious to see if the 680i as advertised truly supported the new 1333MHz standard and if so how it performed in a head-to-head comparison against the P35. For the record, this is an article for informational puposes and not a review thus we will refrain from scoring any products being tested.