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post #1 of 22
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I'm about to RMA my sig board and then sell the replacement. I have the itch to upgrade and the 780i looks very tempting. I don't know much about the newer mobos out there because my 680i has served me well(until now) so I haven't paid attention. I'm looking for SLI support and quad support as well, I'm going to keep my current hardware, however, I don't mind switching to DDR3. I was also considering the 790i, what are the differences between it and the 780i? Hopefully someone can help me with this tough decision. Oh, it must be an awesome overclocker too!
Thanks for your time,
brown bird
Edited by brown bird - 7/6/08 at 12:13am
post #2 of 22
I'm pretty sure the only major difference between the 780i and the 790i is that the 790i can take DDR3 RAM (790i takes up to ddr3-1333 and 790i ultra up to ddr3-2000). I've been looking into getting one of the two you suggested and i guess it really depends on whether or not you want ddr3 RAM. if you don't see much of a need for it I would get a 780i. oh and also if you were to get a 780i, get an evga or xfx one because of there reference design. apparently the asus and the msi dont oc well and have a lot of bugs. Hope that helps a bit
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Originally Posted by airdraft View Post
I'm pretty sure the only major difference between the 780i and the 790i is that the 790i can take DDR3 RAM (790i takes up to ddr3-1333 and 790i ultra up to ddr3-2000). I've been looking into getting one of the two you suggested and i guess it really depends on whether or not you want ddr3 RAM. if you don't see much of a need for it I would get a 780i. oh and also if you were to get a 780i, get an evga or xfx one because of there reference design. apparently the asus and the msi dont oc well and have a lot of bugs. Hope that helps a bit
I heard the EVGA 780i had some video corruption issues, but I think they were fixed with a bios update. I also hear the ASUS version is a nice overclocker. If RAM is the only difference I may go with the 780i rather than the 790i. Thanks for your input.
Edited by brown bird - 7/2/08 at 11:44pm
post #4 of 22
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Need more input!
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Have you looked into this board ? I almost went with for my sig rig,but don't need sli at this time.It's solid all the way around just doesn't have 3 pci-e slots,but is cheaper.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188026
 
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Have you looked into this board ? I almost went with for my sig rig,but don't need sli at this time.It's solid all the way around just doesn't have 3 pci-e slots,but is cheaper.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188026
Not quite what I'm looking for, might as well keep my current board. I think no matter what the 780i and 790i are the big dogs for SLI, I'm still trying to choose between the two. Thanks for your input though!
post #7 of 22
Your welcome and if you've the money go for the 790i it got great reviews over at MaxiumPC.GL
 
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Before you put down your good hard earned cash on a 790i board go to the EVGA forums and look at the issues the 790i's have. People including myself are having major lockup/screen freezing issues. If you look at the DDR3 that is been "Approved for compatability" it does not include alot of name brand manufacturers, and the ones it does list are not carried at newegg, tiger, zipzoom etc.
I have returned 1 board to the retail store I bought it from but the 2nd has the same plus a few differnent issues so I bought a Gigabyte board and some ddr2 to get me by untill the issues with the 790is are fixed.
Hope this helps.
Note: My settings were at stock and had problems , not all people that have purchased these boards have had problems but if you do some research you will find a large group of the people who bought these boards have.
Edited by Chevtek - 7/6/08 at 9:41pm
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^Hmm, I guess I'll have to do some more research, thanks. I'm starting to like the looks of the X38/X48 chipsets as well...so confused.
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im in the same boat right now - I acutally kinda built my machine except (stupidly) I bought a Asus p5k3 deluxe... figured id give ddr3 a shot and it had two open x16 pci-e slots so I assumed that SLI would be easy...

Sadly I just recently realized that it wont support sli ... sucks because I have a 9800gtx

its a outstanding board - just no sli and i want that ability to upgrade - hoping newegg will replace it for me.

The 790i Is looking like a nice board espeically since i already have 4gigs of ddr3 ready for it...

Apparently the ddr3 is only like 10% better than ddr2 but if you look at the sppeds that the can transfer data at ... ddr3 doubles ddr2. (ddr2=400-800mbps and ddr3=800-1200)

I really think getting a ddr3 board would be smart now - especially since it may take off some time soon...
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