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Asus is the one that has issues with overclocking quads (680i chipset) not eVGA and XFX.
cool, thanks for clarifying
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Yes, SLI is my end goal. nVidia has just seemed to grow on me. And my only real apprehension I guess with the XFX and EVGA is I keep hearing they have issues overclocking quads. Is that only the 680i chipset? Is that not an issue with 780i? And why did someone say EVGA is a best friend of nVidia but someone else said they're practically the same because they use reference boards? If XFX=EVGA, then woudn't XFX=best friend of nVidia as well? If so, then how would I choose one over the other? The only reason I ask is because I currently have an XFX LT because it was a little cheaper than the EVGA, plus it came in a bundle with a Q6600. So I got XFX graphics. I have not been completely displeased with the graphics or customer support from XFX. But being as I already have an XFX 8800GT, I would like to pair the brand with itself and get an XFX 780i if it'a all the same. But if EVGA is better, then I will get it. Money is not my concern with this next board as it was with my first. At this point, I'm trying to pick the perfect board, and I'll shop for best price from there. Thanks for all the help, keep it coming!!
EVGA man...I have had the 680i and now the 780i and my quad is screaming. ASUS was a ***** on my Quad. XFX is also a great co. but IMHO evga is the way to go.
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I thought I wanted an MSI, because of the two ESATA ports as well as the dedicated sound card. Then I saw this deal on Newegg for an open box for $169, and I was about to pull the trigger. Then I read the reviews, and thought about the fact that they have so many open box available, and wondered if I would be as unsatisfied as all the other people that have returned those. Plus I need one if not two open PCI slots should I choose to run SLI 8800GT's with HR-03's attached, and that was the first time I realized that the MSI only has one PCI slot.

So now I don't know what to get. I've heard that ASUS boards aren't great for overclocking quads. But the Striker Formula looks really nice, albeit almost the most expensive. I currently have XFX, which as I understand, is almost identical to EVGA. (Why even have two different brand names? Oh well.) I would get 790i if I didn't have to purchase eight more gigs of RAM at higher prices. I plan on removing all stock cooling and decking out with as much Thermalright as possible.

I've heard nothing but awesome stuff about DFI and overclocking, but unfortunately, from what I can see, they don't do the nVidia chipset thing? That blows, IMO.

Any suggestions, anyone? Money is not an issue. I just want a great motherboard.
As many have seen some of my posts already, I highly recommend against getting a NVIDIA 700 series chipset based motherboard right now.

The video corruption issue is the biggest thread (biggest by posted and 2nd biggest viewed) discussed in the eVGA forum. And if you have the issue, it has got to be the most annoying issue to ever to exist.

And unfortunately, this isn't the only issue with the motherboard I am experiencing. However, I would be happy if eVGA/NVIDIA just fixed this issue.

*sigh*

Tae
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As many have seen some of my posts already, I highly recommend against getting a NVIDIA 700 series chipset based motherboard right now.

The video corruption issue is the biggest thread (biggest by posted and 2nd biggest viewed) discussed in the eVGA forum. And if you have the issue, it has got to be the most annoying issue to ever to exist.

And unfortunately, this isn't the only issue with the motherboard I am experiencing. However, I would be happy if eVGA/NVIDIA just fixed this issue.

*sigh*

Tae
He could just find a local place that allows 30 days to return it, since he should see the issue immediately if his board does cause it.


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Don't listen to the rest, LISTEN to the BEST...

EVGA 780i p02

Best CUSTOMER SERVICE / RMA in the business.... BAR NONE.....

Don't listen to the ASUS "fangirl's", IMO pure garbage...

Or, you could listen to the ASUS "fangirl's":

--Go p/up a ASUS MB + ThermalTake BigWater + KOOLANCE 100% Aluminum radiator + 1/4
tubing = The best ASUS, a DEAD ASUS....
Did he just make fun of asus fan girls and then say to get an Asus MB? Its like lines heard at a sweet sixteen party for computer people.

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Yes, SLI is my end goal. nVidia has just seemed to grow on me. And my only real apprehension I guess with the XFX and EVGA is I keep hearing they have issues overclocking quads. Is that only the 680i chipset? Is that not an issue with 780i? And why did someone say EVGA is a best friend of nVidia but someone else said they're practically the same because they use reference boards? If XFX=EVGA, then woudn't XFX=best friend of nVidia as well? If so, then how would I choose one over the other? The only reason I ask is because I currently have an XFX LT because it was a little cheaper than the EVGA, plus it came in a bundle with a Q6600. So I got XFX graphics. I have not been completely displeased with the graphics or customer support from XFX. But being as I already have an XFX 8800GT, I would like to pair the brand with itself and get an XFX 780i if it'a all the same. But if EVGA is better, then I will get it. Money is not my concern with this next board as it was with my first. At this point, I'm trying to pick the perfect board, and I'll shop for best price from there. Thanks for all the help, keep it coming!!
It doesnt matter, the XFX and the EVGA 780i are identical, in fact you can use each others BIOS if you wanted to. I think for these mobo's both xfx and evga have lifetime warranties, which an open box product wouldn't have by the way. Evga also has the step-up program, XFX doesn't. You can pay extra to have evga send you a replacement mobo even before you send yours in the mail, I don't know if XFX does this though.

I have had my mobo stable at 500 FSB and freerollerx has had his evga at 600fsb.

But if you absolutely have to have an xfx check this out.
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