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What do you guys think about the 780i board is it good or no good? I recently got the Abit IP35 Pro but I do not like the fact that I cannot utilize an nvidia SLI on it. I want to return this board and get the 780i board since it is an nvidia board and has tri slot for if i ever want to do that (but probably wont). Is the 780i worth it? I ask because the store that I am returning it at only has 780i's and 790i's.. they do not have any 680i or 750i FTW.

If I do get some good feedback on the 780i I am going to get it once they come in stock on Tuesday, but I wanted to see If it was compatible with thee HR-05 IFX/SLI. I wanted to put the Thermalright mosfet heatsink, and a thermalright HR-05 on both the NB and SB. Or is the stock cooling on this thing pretty efficient and not worth changing?
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I wouldnt get the 780i. I think the eVGA 750i FTW is proving to be the best SLI based overclocker. People are even selling off their 780i to get one! It also has2 full PCI-E X16 slots, which other 750i boards do not have.

Here is a great review:
Xtremesystems.org

These boards run a 470 FSB with quad cores:

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470 FSB & Quad-Core



Intel Q6600@ 3.29Ghz (470x7)
4GB Gskill PQ @ DDR2-940Mhz / 5-5-5-15 (Linked)
Vdim = 2.0v
vFSB = 1.35v
SPP = 1.5v
Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit







CPU-Z











Everest










Prime95 @ Small FFTs






Seems like the EVGA 750i motherboard also performs very well with Quad-core processors !!

470 FSB with Quad-core is really awesome!




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post #3 of 25
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What about the ASUS Striker II Formula 780i? See the thing is I got my motherboard from Fry's and they only have the XFX, eVGA, and Asus 780i's, then they have the 790's which I do not want because I would have to get DDR3.. I am just trying to prepare for the new cards coming out because I am going to step up to a GTX 280 and I want to have SLI capabilities for the future.
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post #4 of 25
I myself have helped a friend with a 780i board. it was a headache and gave him a lot of problems. The chipset runs too hot and the boards a finiky. Thats why I switched to Intel chipsets. I can say that I did have an ASUS 680i and learned from that experience to stick with NVIDIA reference boards like eVGA. The XFX and eVGA are the same boards, just rebranded. So I wouls recommend them over the ASUS.

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post #5 of 25
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Okay well going from what the guy at the Fry's store said is that he has had 3 people return the eVGA 780i and nobody has returned the XFX 780i so he recommended that I got the XFX one. The only reason i did not get it is because I it was out of stock . On Tuesday they come back in, but and I think Im going to take this brand new Abit IP35 Pro to return it because i cannot put 2 nvidia cards in a non nvidia board from what he told me. He said to run SLI on this board I need crossfire cards, is that right?
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Okay well going from what the guy at the Fry's store said is that he has had 3 people return the eVGA 780i and nobody has returned the XFX 780i so he recommended that I got the XFX one. The only reason i did not get it is because I it was out of stock . On Tuesday they come back in, but and I think Im going to take this brand new Abit IP35 Pro to return it because i cannot put 2 nvidia cards in a non nvidia board from what he told me. He said to run SLI on this board I need crossfire cards, is that right?
Yeah, only the NVIDIA chipsets can run SLI. The Intel chipsets can run crossfire. It has nothing to do with the phtsical hardware. it is just a licensing issue that NVIDIA owns the rights to. So if you want to run 2 or more NVIDIA cards, you have to get a 650, 680, 750, 780 or 790 chipset board.

The P35, X38 and X48 Intel boards will run 2 ATI cards.
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post #7 of 25
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btw isn't your motherboard made by Asus? Also how does the DD3 run, i heard the technology is not perfected quite yet?
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post #8 of 25
780I runs to hot.Even stock it run's hot.Thermalright wont fit the north and south bridge.You can use Viperjohn waterblock kit or some other water block to cool the north bridge.There isnt anything else out there cept for adding fan's to cool it and it still run's 50c stock.


if I had it over to do again id get a DFI x48 or a Rampage.Im guessing you want DDR2 for cheap ram.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136049
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post #9 of 25
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Damn well I figure If I want to plan for the future than I should get a 790 board, but the only crappy thing is I cannot return my memory because I cut the UPC code for a rebate. So the DDR3 would cost a lot.
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I am getting the same benchmark scores with my DDR3 ram as some decent DDR2 1066 ram when it is tweaked with the Rampage bios. From what I've read, the Nehalem cores will utilize the DDR3 ram better with their on-chip memory controller. But those will require a new socket, and therefore, a new motherboard. I would stick with DDR2 as long as you can.
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