Through testing both the EVGA and XFX 780i reference motherboards we saw consistently lower benchmarks than on our Intel chipset platforms. In my experience we could not point to DDR2 being the “culprit” every time. This motherboard just seemed to have some slow points to it, but to say these are going to visibly manifest themselves in real world usage is hard to say, especially on the gaming side. In our multimedia applications, which are real world timed scenarios, four minutes slower is simply four minutes slower. Now unless you are sitting around all day and encoding video after video the moment one finishes, you are likely to never notice the 780i boards be a tad slower. And those of you that game at level that are GPU-limited (like most of us do) you will never see the differences.