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nVIDIA nForce 780i SLI mainboard review
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I was roughly a year ago when these green colored muffins from the liberal California region released a mainboard targeted for the enthusiast market under the label nForce 600, and obviously specifically I'm talking about nForce 680i SLI. Quite frankly, what NVIDIA does in that segment of the market to date has been a great success. Example; the minute I returned with the 680i mainboard we started using it, and for a complete year this mainboard became our primary platform to test enthusiast products like graphics cards, memory and processors on. To date pretty much all our graphics card reviews and all our Core 2 Duo/Quad reviews have been done on that platform, again... on a year old mainboard. That's how good nForce 680i really is.
What's the magic then you ask ? Well, four key factors; Scalability, overclocking, aesthetics and the richest feature set money can buy you. Granted, it's a really expensive mainboard series, but 98% of the people that bought one didn't regret it even for one second.
Now despite the fact that we could easily use the mainboard for another year on high-end tests, a couple of things did change. The industry has been moving forward and we now see slow adoption of PCIe 2.0, new Intel Penryn (45nm) Core 2 processors are close to it's release and then of course the launch of NVIDIA's 3-way SLI last week which for 780i meant adoption of (3x) 16x PCIe slots.
Touching the subject of Intel's new Penryn processors. The nForce 780i SLI mainboard as tested opposed to 680i is fully compatible with the upcoming Intel 45nm Duo & Quad core processors, but only the 1333 MHz processors are actually fully supported. I want to make this very clear.
TBA Penryn Family processors
Now why am I mentioning this so clearly ? Because the one processor in that table, the Core 2 Extreme QX9770 is not supported officially because of it's 1600 MHz FSB. nForce 700 carries full official support for 1333 MHz FSB based processors only, keep that in mind. And Murphy's Law always applies to us for some dark demonic reason... guess what we initially had arranged for this review ? More on that later though.
So NVIDIA has now upgraded and enhanced it's 680i chipset and is launching it's new series 700 based nForce platform. We'll peek at the enthusiast product today, the nForce 780 SLI for Intel processor, a mainboard interestingly enough still with DDR2 memory support. Today we'll bring you the an overview of the nForce 780i mainboard as brought to us by XFX. We'll slap it with the latest high-end gear around the proverbal ears and look very deep to see where performance is at.
The 780i mainboard is the nForce 680i replacement model, that means at standard "SLI Memory" compatibility, "FirstPacket technology", TCP/IP acceleration yet also ESA, PCIe 2.0 and also the option for connecting SATA drives in RAID configurations. But it surely doesn't end there though, hell no ... this is NVIDIA, you name it ... you got it.
In this review we'll have an overview of the technology and obviously the cool and hip features as I just mentioned above. Let's start up the actual review, next page please.
But first, I want to hear you say... "ooh".
In this article we'll cover all that you need to know about the nForce 790i Ultra SLI. This is the mainboard that applies to you guys. We'll do the review in Guru style. Meaning the real hands-on experience combined with all data you like to learn, gamers style. Obviously we'll test and compare a little as well. But first let me show you the technical specifications of the NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI before we attack it with red peppers and drive it to the extreme. NVIDIA made sure that the nForce 790 series is one of the if not the best overclocking platform available. But you will pay top dollar for it, yet by overclocking you will gain that invested revenue back, that's a guarantee.
NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI review - XFX
The industry has been moving forward and we now see slow adoption of PCIe 2.0, new Intel Penryn (45nm) Core 2 processors are close to it's release and then of course the launch of NVIDIA's 3-way SLI last week which for 780i meant adoption of (3x) 16x PCIe slots. Time for the good old nForce68-i to get an upgrade to the all new nForce 780i.
NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI Intel preview
Reason enough for NVIDIA to release the nForce 500 series for Intel's processors (Core 2 Duo as well). Today we'll be taking a brief look at the reference NVIDIA NFORCE 590 SLI mainboard. It by all means is test done with a reference board that is not 100% finished and unfortunately we did not receive a final product from a board partner like ASUS. Nonetheless .. even with this very Beta reference mainboard I was shocked by the combination of Conroe and NFORCE 590 SLI for Intel, in very positive way I must add.
NVIDIA nForce 590 + AMD FX-62
In this article will specifically test the NFORCE 590 SLI platform, yet obviously we'll also have a brief look at the entire NVIDIA NFORCE 500 series of chipsets. We also look at the New AMD64 Athlon FX 62 processor and this'll also be a meory review with Two Corsair DDR2 1066 MHz memory kist that have (Sli Ready) EPP functionality.