|Retail quad-core Penryn support was suppose to be one of the great new things about the nForce 780i chipset, even though the support problems was due to the layout of the NVIDIA reference board and not the chipset itself. Since a few companies have their own layouts, like DFI and ASUS, they decided to get to work on the retail quad-core Penryn support with their nForce 680i boards. And they seem to have solved it. Both DFI and ASUS have beta BIOSes with working retail Penryn support for their nForce 680i-based motherboards DFI LanParty UT NF680i SLI-T2R and ASUS Striker Extreme. It's unclear when these BIOSes will be available to the public, but it shouldn't take too long.
I wouldn't get too riled up over this as NVidia will have A LOT to do with allowing quad Penryn support on a non-reference board. It doesn't matter if both the ASUS and DFI boards have the ability...it's the FACT that NVidia's boards (EVGA and XFX made by Foxconn) do not.
I have not seen the beta BIOS posted or linked anywhere, nor any reviews/tests proving any of the statements in the article - so I wouldn't bet the bank on it just yet.
It's good discussion fodder though.