EVGA 780i SLI Motherboard Review :: EVGA nForce 780i SLI Motherboard

02-10-2008 · Category: Motherboards

By Ben Sun
EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 Spec Sheet
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Part Number132-CK-NF78-A1
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ChipsetNvidia nForce 780i SLI
North BridgeNvidia nForce 780i SLI
SocketLGA775 Socket
Processor TypesQuad Core, Core 2 Extreme, Core 2 Duo, Pentium 4, Pentium D
Number of CPUs1
Front Side Bus1333/1066MHz
Memory TypeDDR2
Memory ChannelsDual
Maximum Memory8GB
External GraphicsPCI Express x16
IGP None
South BridgeNvidia nForce 200
SATA3.0 GB/s
RAID0, 1, 0+1, 5
LAN10/100/1000 x2
FirewireIEEE 1394a
Expansion Slots
Form FactorATX
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Here are EVGA’s specs for their nForce 780i SLI board:

  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Extreme, Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, Pentium EE, and Pentium Processors
  • Chipset: NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI
  • FSB 1333/1066/800/533
  • Memory: Dual channel DDR2 533/667/800 and support for up to 1200MHz SLI-Ready Memory with EPP X4 DIMMs, Max 8GBs
  • Expansion Slots: 3 x PCIe 16, 1 x PCIe x1, 2 x PCI
  • IDE: ATA133 x1
  • Serial ATA (SATA)/RAID: Serial ATA II x6 with RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5, JBOD, external SATA ready
  • Audio: 7.1 channel, Azalea
  • LAN: Native Gigabit Ethernet x2
  • USB 2.0: x10
  • Firewire: IEEE1394a x2
  • Back Panel I/O Ports: 1x PS/2 keyboard, 1x PS/2 mouse, 1x 1394a, 6x USB 2.0, 2x RJ45, 1 set 7.1 channel Audio jacks (6 jacks+ 1x S/PDIF output)
  • Internal I/O Connectors: 2x USB 2.0 headers supporting 4 ports, Serial port header and 1394a header
  • Form Factor: ATX (12” x9.6”)

Additional Features:

  • NVIDIA MediaShield storage technology
  • 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Dual GigE with teaming
  • TCP/IP acceleration
  • NVIDIA FirstPacket technology

As you can see EVGA follows NVIDIA’s reference design in terms of features almost to a tee in terms of features available on the motherboard. The board is an ATX board with full expansion options. An angled heatsink/fan covers the MCP with a heatpipe leading out to the outside heatsink, providing adequate cooling for the motherboard chipset.