NVIDIA was founded in 1993, and is best known for building kick ass video card chipsets. Over the last few years they’ve branched out into different markets including the consoles (Xbox 360, PS3), handheld graphics market, and notebook graphics. They entered the motherboard market in 2001 with the release of the original nForce series of motherboards which introduced features like GeForce 2 MX class integrated graphics, SoundStorm and other features into the motherboard market.
EVGA is best known for building NVIDIA video cards and their excellent technical support, but they have recently gone into making motherboards based upon NVIDIA chipsets as well. EVGA has built motherboards based upon the nForce 650i SLI, nForce 680i SLI and now the new nForce 780i SLI chipsets. The board on the test bench today is the nForce 780i SLI board from EVGA. It’ll be interesting to see how the new chipset will fare against the Intel X38 and P35 platform and how the 780i SLI fares against the older 680i platform. There a few new feature sets with the 780i, but beyond that there are not many changes with the it so performance increases should be minimal.