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ECS NF650iSLIT-A nVIDIA nForce 650i Motherboard Review

ECS NF650iSLIT-A nVIDIA nForce 650i Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The ECS NF650iSLIT-A motherboard supports every Socket 775 processor on a 533/800/1066 MHZ FSB, from the Celeron D to the Pentium 4/D/XE series, and of course the Core 2 Duo/Quad processors.
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External Mfg. Website: ecs Jun 20 2007   C. Sun  
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Overclocking with the nForce 650i

Overclocking Results:
Stock Max. OC
Motherboard Speed: 266 MHz

412 MHz

If you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard

PCSTATS has been pleasantly surprised by how well the last couple ECS motherboards have overclocked. How the NF650iSLIT-A board will handle is anyone's guess.

There are no multiplier adjustments in the BIOS so the Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 processor will max out before the motherboard does. Oh well, here goes nothing. The Corsair DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-8888C4DF memory was set to run at DDR2-533 MHz mode, this way it will not bottleneck the system.

Starting at 266 MHz FSB the clock speed was increased 5 MHz at a time. We quickly learned the board had absolutely no problems running past 300 MHz FSB. Continuing, the NF650iSLIT-A motherboard breezed past 333 MHz FSB (better known as 1333 MHz bus speed) without any issues.

To reach 350 MHz, the CPU voltage had to be increased to 1.35V. At 360 MHz the CPU voltage again had to be increased to 1.4V.

With no CPU clock multiplier adjustments the ECS NF650iSLIT-A reached a maximum speed of 412 MHz FSB before it hit the wall. That is pretty darn awesome! Note that the nVIDIA nForce 650i did not require any voltage bump to get to this speed, so the processor was holding the motherboard back for sure.


ECS has all the basic memory timing adjustments as well as a few "advanced" tweaks too. If you like to get the maximum performance out of your system, you'll definitely appreciate these settings here.

You can adjust the bus speed (divide by 4 to get FSB) and memory speeds independent of each other. The motherboard can be adjusted between 400-2500 MHz (100-625 MHz FSB) in 1 MHz increments.

As you can see here ECS gives the end user pretty good voltage options. The maximum CPU voltage is 1.6V, FSB voltage 1.4V, Memory 2.2V and the Northbridge 1.5V.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the ECS NF650iSLIT-A motherboard test system was configured for benchmarking, including the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions are indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this nVIDIA nForce 650i based system is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
Test System Reference System #1 Reference System #2
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (775) AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ (AM2)
Clock Speed: 9 x 266 MHz = 2.4 GHz 13 x 200 MHz = 2.6 GHz
Motherboard: ECS NF650iSLIT-A (NF 650i)

ECS PN2 SLI2+ (NF 680i SLI)
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X)
GigabyteGA-P35-DQ6 (P35 Express)
MSI P35 Platinum (P35 Express)
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 Express)
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (P965 Express)
MSI P965 Platinum (P965 Express)
Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 (P965 Express)

ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (VIA K8T890)
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150)
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI)
Videocard: MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E

2x 1024MB Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C4

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Intel E6600 Reference AMD Athlon64 FX-62 Reference
Software Setup:

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
Intel INF 7.22
nVIDIA Forceware 91.47

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
nVIDIA Forceware 9.35
nVIDIA Forceware 91.47


SYSMark 2004
PC Worldbench 5.0
Super Pi
SiSoft Sandra 2005
Doom 3

Quake 4

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Contents of Article: ecs NF650iSLIT-A
 Pg 1.  ECS NF650iSLIT-A nVIDIA nForce 650i Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  ECS NF650iSLIT-A Motherboard Gallery
 Pg 3.  — Overclocking with the nForce 650i
 Pg 4.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2004
 Pg 5.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Graphics)
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Office)
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Data Crunching)
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi, PCMark05
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3
 Pg 11.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Quake 4 / Conclusions

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