EVGA 780i SLI Motherboard Review :: Conclusion

02-10-2008 · Category: Motherboards

By Ben Sun

EVGA 780i SLI Motherboard Review

NVIDIA’s new motherboard chipset builds upon the successful 680i SLI chipset from last year. The competition from Intel in the motherboard market is about to get very heated with the release of the Skulltrail platform for the high-end enthusiast and the X48, P35 and X38 chipsets offering higher performance with almost the same feature set (sans SLI). The 780i SLI adds support for the new PCI express 2.0 specification via bridge chip and the 45nanometer Intel CPUs to NVIDIA motherboard chipsets. Performance of the new 780i SLI chipset is in line with the earlier 680i SLI chipset, meaning that for those that want a performance increase might be a little disappointed as there doesn’t seem to be an increase that going to another chipset should gain the user. All in all this is very lackluster in appeal to those owing a 680i board, and may only garnish mediocre sales to new users.

EVGA has done an ok job of bringing the reference board features to the nForce 780i line. The problem is there’s always something around the corner and the nForce 780i is soon to be replaced by NVIDIA’s nForce 790i with support for Intel’s latest Yorkfield CPUs, DDR3 support and native PCI Express 2.0 support which are not present on the nForce 780i. One thing that has always impressed me about EVGA is their support department. EVGA offers a Limited Lifetime Warranty on every video card and motherboard that has been sold since November 1st 2006. After registering the product on their website, the motherboard is covered through the Limited Lifetime Warranty. EVGA is the only mainboard manufacturer that offers a Lifetime Warranty on their boards meaning that they go the extra mile for the customer just as they do with the graphics cards. The thing is this motherboard is a filler product as Triple-SLI is not a real motivator for most to buy a new board, I mean, c’mon the cost alone on three cards is rather excessive and that is the only real appeal to the board as an upgrade. Also with the release of the 790i just around the corner this board will become obsolete before it even gains any momentum further making the 780i a non attractive product for most buyers. This is not a knock at EVGA as they only make what NVIDIA gives them and everyone has filler products, this is one of those products, enough said.