Nvidia's High-End Chipset Under Fire for Problems

Nvidia Corp., a leading designer of graphics processor and core-logic sets, is about to face criticism from enthusiasts for the problems that occur with the company's latest premium-class chipset. Apparently, the core-logic's I/O controller has issues with Serial ATA and RAID (redundant array of independent disks) capabilities.

Users in several forums, particularly, in EVGA and Nvidia tech support forums, report about "lock up" and "disk error" issues with Serial ATA hard disk drives and RAID capabilities of the Nvidia nForce 680i SLI core-logic that sells for $120 per two chips alone. Some end users even cannot install Windows XP operating system, whereas others could not use their systems flawlessly for long and some even report data corruption.

Even though the majority of users have stable mainboards, the number of those, who purchased mainboards based on Nvidia nForce 680i chipset and now report instabilities seems to be significant and the problem – widespread. The issues do not seem to have relation to overclocking or Serial ATA working modes. In fact, users reported problems with RAID in case of previous-generation Nvidia nForce chipsets as well, but, perhaps, earlier the problems were not faced by a significant number of users.

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Quote - trparky said @ #10.1
As I pointed out in an earlier comment, try turning off NCQ in the Device Manager.

Please don't give me advice unless you read the EVGA thread. No offence but I've been trouble shooting this for over 2 weeks now and that was done on day 1 not day 14.

This has been an issue since the nForce 4 days. First everyone blamed Maxtor and Seagate, then Maxtor and Seagate blamed nVidia, then nVidia blamed Maxtor and Seagate. It's been a blame-game since the very start.

A friend of mine has been having problems with his nForce chipset for years, I was wondering how long it would be until it got more mainstream attention. He had to turn off some of the more advanced features of his SATA controller to get rid of all the errors, so now his SATA performs like a regular ATA -- great.
I love their graphics chipsets but yeah, this stuff sucks.

oh f...ing great ... i just bought a evga 680i :/

edit: the issue is with just SATA in RAID mode? or even normal SATA operation is affected? Are IDE drives affected? Guess I will have to stick my SATA drives in icyboxes for the time being.

SATA, IDE, RAID, are all effected. You still get the errors even if you use a PCI SATA/IDE card or do/don't install NVIDIA drivers.

Sometimes the computer will even lockup installing Windows. It's a MCP error not the South bridge.

Quote - g0wg said @ #13.1

is there anything useful in the thread in EVGA's forum? like when they are gonna release a bios?

NVIDIA have said it's a "Driver Issue" perhaps they mean Software/Bios because we already know it's nothing to do with the Drivers. An EVGA support staffer told one consumer (over the phone) that there would be a fix released in the first week of January however in the support Forums a different EVGA staffer refuted this claim as incorrect.

January? wth! Nice way to "upgrade" lol. I guess I will stick to my nf2 for a little bit more then, unfortunately i already ordered a E6300 and 1GB of ram :/.

PS: evga's forum is down for me

Lol, i had hard drive corruption errors on NF4 and it was widely reported. Several bios and chipset updates later, I can safely install nforce ide/sata drivers and everything would work ok, but not with nvidia firewall enabled. Thats still a no no as it brings back the hard drive corruption problems. To this day its not fully fixed. And now nforce 680i has the same problem. Different chipset, i thought they would have nailed it by now.

Works fine for me. 2 Seagate 7200.10 320gb drives worked fine with both raid 0 and raid 1.. Presently running raid 0.

EVGA 680i.

A lot of people would also make the claim that Intel's chipsets are crap as well. People that jump on new tech the very second it comes out deserves to have problems with it. No one can ever be patient and wait to see how it's doing before buying.

Oh just freaking great, they've inherited the m5288 timeout error that still has not been fixed in some ULi M1575 boards (including my CFX3200).

For crap's sake, can't they get their chipsets done right. I've had my run-in with disk corruption/PC lockup problems in April because of this nForce4 chipset.


The Abit NF7-S was notorious for having S-ATA 'issues'.

Admitedly it was a Silicon Image add-in chipset but it still negatively impacted nVidia's ability to produce a stable S-ATA platform due to association.


I'm running an NF7-S for almost 2 years on the same format now. But I'm running IDE hard drives in RAID via the SATA adapters. It did take me alot of driver troubleshooting to find one that wouldn't corrupt files though.

Every part of a PC is starting to boil... I think there's a problem with either heat dissipation, cooling or the loss of heat by composites...

Just thought I would mentioned that NVIDIA have now released a BETA Bios for owners of the EVGA 680i board. Which they say fixes this problem!! *WOOT* :D


This patch should work on any 680i board that uses the reference design. IT WILL NOT work on the Striker or the DFI or any similar boards that are not using the NVIDIA reference board!! you have been warned!

Nvidia and ATI now should focus in performance but also in energy, thos new vcard and chipset consume more energy, emits more heat and if it continues like that not even water cooling willl help to cool down those beasts


It hasn't fixed it for everyone. Who knows what they actually 'tweaked' in this BIOS. Some people can't overclock anymore, others are still getting corruption. This issue is far from over and I sure as hell would not buy this board at the moment. At least wait until it is re-reviewed by some reputable sites, using the new 'Final fixed BIOS'.
Just remember that nvidia NEVER actually fixed the problem with nforce4 boards, they just botched a workaround.
History seems to be repeating itself with the 680i!

I think i've seen just about enough from nvidia.

I think i'd go AMD/AMD/AMD now if i were building a new machine.


or Intel/Intel/AMD

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