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I don't think that I even care about SLI anymore. With the new lineup coming from ATI and EVGA I think I could live without it. Why not get an awesome mobo and a single card that performs better than any current sli setup? Still confused lol.
post #12 of 22
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I'm ready to pull the trigger on this one: Link
Plus it has SLI/CF support if I understand correctly?
Opinions on this board anyone?
post #13 of 22
its a hot board with out a doubt and you could easily wait for the end of august - ati will release its 4870x2 then - that thing will be god (well thats what we hope) - probably cost 550 bucks too

Infact if you were really interested in making a fast machine - you could buy the 4870x2 - wait a few months and buy a 2nd one - CF the two and have quad crossfire set up - thing would probably out run a pair of GTX 280s ... probably even out run 3 GTX280s

I kinda decided (thanks to "NuclearCrap") to stay w/ one company - Nvidia and ATI continuously switch places as to who has the best card... I always liked Nvidia so im just going to stick w/ them - but as far as the $$ goes - your probably better off buying ATI right now...I have the feeling though that Nvidia is going to pull something out of their sleeve in the upcoming months that will blow us all away - and if I have a 790i I can be ready for it

Good luck making your choice - oh and keep in mind that the Rampage board your looking at only runs ddr2 - you might end up being eager to replace it in 6 months when ddr3 gets going - low end ddr3 ram costs about the same as high end ddr2 - its 10% faster and allows you to switch over to better ddr3 in the future.

Good luck.
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Some info on the 790i:
The 790i is a new is the first new chipset from nvidia in several years. The 780i is just the 680i chipset with a 3rd slot for 3-way sli. The new chipset has several new features that make SLI scale better. I have seen ~1000 point increase in 3dmark06 using close to identical conditions. There are reviews out there that show a performance boost in most games ranging from 2 fps - 15+fps due only to a board change.

Here is an Anandtech article on the 790i architecture.

As far as DDR3 goes, it has become so much cheaper right now and the performance boost it offers in memory intensive games and applications is quite good.

I did have problems with this board with early BIOS's, but the newer ones have been very stable. I have had luck with Teem Xtreem which I got from newegg(they are out now) and have been successfully using GSkill HZ's which newegg has for $154.99 and are quite a bit faster than ddr2 offerings. There are other decent kits available at around $80 but aren't as fast. Besides, newegg is pretty good about ram replacement if it is bad.

Other than the memory, the board had been very good. Very straight forward overclocking and fun to play with and quite stable.

Lastly the 790i is a better overclocker than the 780i. not that you would need it but I hit 585 FSB, and others have hit high 500's and into 600's.

Take a look at our 790i thread if you want more people's opinions of the board overclocking and messing with it.

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^Thanks guys I appreciate your comments and advice. I'm still leaning towards the Asus I linked to. I'm not sure that I want to be stuck with nVidia and SLI, I like the fact that I will be able to choose between SLI and CF. Also DDR2 will still deliver outstanding performance for years to come, besides I already have DDR2 RAM so I'll save some cash.
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I'm ready to pull the trigger on this one: Link
Plus it has SLI/CF support if I understand correctly?
Opinions on this board anyone?
No, unfortunately, this will NOT do SLI. only boards with an Nvidia chipset.
    
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No, unfortunately, this will NOT do SLI. only boards with an Nvidia chipset.
I thought it could do both? Can anyone else confirm this? I was under the impression that an intel chipset would allow both and an nVidia chipset only allows SLI?
post #18 of 22
the only board that i know does SLI and CF is the skulltrail and that will cost you nearly 700 bucks...

You are entierly right though - the ddr2 will still be in use years from now - regardless of how much ddr3 takes off..

CF right now would probably be a better and cheaper choice and will easily last you plenty of time (will work w/ all the next gen games and stuff for plenty of time to come)

Your choice though
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post #19 of 22
2xSLI + DDR2: 750i FTW ($189)
3xSLI + DDR2: 780i ($239)
3xSLI + DDR3: 790i ($319)

I have the 750i FTW and i love it. Price cannot be beat, and it gets my Q6600 to 3.6GHz easy.

Keep in mind, however, it only supports 4 on board SATA.
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Yeh the price for the 750i set up is really nice I agree ... in my position though - im stuck w/ 4 gigs of ddr3 (not that i dont like them... just cant rma them out of the 30days)

I dont want to sell them cause i wont get ***** for them and as for the 780i setup welll... also ddr2 only

So im just gonna get a 790i and hope for the best people have been seeing 2-15 boosts in frame rate just by switching to this board and keeping the other hardware the same...

** I saw that you have a Tuniq - how is it and what does your q6600 run at on a load?
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