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Differences between 780 and 790i?

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What is better and why?
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Main difference: 790i = DDR3 support; 780i = DDR2 support.

Here a side-by-side comparison of the specs (from Newegg) of two very similar boards, except the chipset:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131274

My vote: 780i, since DDR3 isn';t worth the money yet.
    
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Chozart already points out the major difference. Here is the info among various 7xx chipset.
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780i if you enjoy running essentially the same HOT chipset as 680i ala 780i.

Quads are overclocking higher on the 790i than 780i and 680i.
So unless you have a QX cpu thats quite important.
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Other than your previous statement, how do you like your 790i, cog?
I can step up for around 80$, but the mem prices are holding me back at this point.
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And that's what it really boils down to. If money is no objective, the 790i is your pick. If money is an objective, or you need to cut corners too much, the 780i is your choice. Personally, I would pick the 780i if that means I can go SLI right away.
    
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790i is a terrific motherboard but the amount of money you may need to spend on new peripherals such as the DDR3 can be something that may put you off. One thing that is important is that it supports up to 2000Mhz o/c-ed Ram!!
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