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does anyone know if evga meant taht teh limited supply of 780i ftw's was only gonna be from there site yesterday or if its gonna be limited even at places like newegg later this week?
i looked at some of teh old pics of teh ftw with teh hybrid cooler and i don't think a true'll fit, what do you guys think?
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I had this board with all the rest of the same components currently on my pc (except the ram of course.) Raid worked fine, all sata devices worked fine, everything worked dandy and it overclocked like none other. I still wish I had that 780i in fact....
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ok, i want to get a 780i but have heard a lot of problems about them, is it worth getting one?
If you desire SLI, in my opinion yes. However, I believe an X38 with a 48xx card(s) provides a better value (something to definitely think about if you're building a rig from scratch).

Here's what I can tell you from my experiences with my EVGA 780i, however:

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will it have any problems with a sata dvd burner?
None here. SATA DVD burns great.
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will it have any problems with vista 64?
Running Vista 64 flawlessly.
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will it have any problems with a raid?
RAID 0 Array running flawlessly (quite fast, actually.)
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will it have any problems with an e8400 and oc'ing it?
I don't think so. The 780i supports Intel 45nm CPU's. Just make sure you're running the latest BIOS.
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will it have any problems with a 9800gtx, and maybe go sli someday?
Very doubtful you'll see any specific problems with 9800GTX SLI on this board, that's what these boards are for. I currently have 1 GTX and another one sitting here waiting to be installed (waiting on memory TIM pads in mail).
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how prevalent is the vid corruption thingy?
I've heard there were some problems, but they've supposedly been fixed with a BIOS release. Keep in mind, people with problems are more likely to report them on forums, people without problems (I'm guessing the vast majority at this point) are less likely to say anything. That's just how it works.

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Ironic you should say that. Maybe its my skillset but the evga 780i is the easiest board i ever overclocked.

set ram voltage, set vcore, crank up fsb and you are good to go.
I agree that overclocking with the later EVGA 680i's (had one) and the 780i are relatively easy, IMO. You may run into a few FSB holes, but in my experiences they are few and far between.

I don't know why some people seem have such a negative stigma towards 680i/780i chipsets. I admit they've had a few issues, but I believe subsequent BIOS fixes have alleviated the vast majority of the problems. I haven't experienced any specific issues (with my 680i or 780i) save for one BIOS update I needed on my old 680i to recognize my G0 CPU. And sure, the FSB is 'only' generally capable of around 480-490MHz stable compared to 500-550MHz stable (or sometimes higher) of the P35/45 and X38/48 - but in my experiences I have absolutely no need for an FSB that high. Too much heat and too much strain on the CPU for normal use. 450x9 on my Q6600 is over 4GHz - my chip itself isn't even capable of that with any V-Core I'd like to try. All in all, my 680i and 780i have been a pleasure to use.

So yeah, nVidia chipsets aren't AS GOOD right now, but certainly not BAD in my opinion.

Sorry if other people have run into problems, maybe I've just gotten lucky?

And before anyone labels me a *shudders* "fanboy" (lol) - I don't think being honest and relaying my experiences is indicative of that title. To be honest, if I were to build a new rig at this time, I'd go for an X38 motherboard with ATI Crossfire because I do think it's a better choice right now.

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akmudded, you might want to have a look at my evga 780i overclocking guide (in my sig).

I was very impressed with the board.

that said, as mentioned above the evga 750i is also excellent and much cheaper.
The 750i may indeed be a much better option if you are not looking to spend more on features (if you don't need them). I believe the 750i has only 1 Ethernet port (opposed to 2 on the 780i) and 4 SATA ports (opposed to 6). Just keep that in mind.

Sorry for the long post!
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thanks for teh post man, im thinkin about gettin teh 780i ftw, just wonderin' if there's gonna be limited quanities at etailers like on evga's site?
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The only website I have seen besides the evga, is NCIX, and they are selling it for $309.

I remember when the 780i first came out, evga had them for the cheapest price, even though they only had them for a day or two before selling out, so the evga website is actually your best bet.
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Wait for some result from the new EVGA 780i FTW edition. It should perform better than the old 780i. It may have been fix problems that the old 780i had.
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