XFX nForce 750i SLI Motherboard Review :: nForce 750i SLI Features

01-09-2009 · Category: Motherboards

By Doc Overclock
  • Intel LGA-775 Processors
  • 1333MHz FSB (Up to 1800MHz in OC Mode)
  • 800MHz DDR2 (Up to 1200MHz with EEP 1.0)
  • 2-Way SLI
  • PCI Express 2.0
  • NVIDIA Control Panel
  • Rear Panel DEBUG LED
  • Rear Panel clear CMOS Button
  • SPDIF Out
  • External SATA (ESATA)
  • Multi-Function PS2 for Keyboard and Mouse


XFX nForce 750i SLI Motherboard Review

Part Number MB750I72P9
Manufacturer XFX
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Downloads BIOS
Drivers
Manuals
Chipset NVIDIA nForce 750i
North Bridge nForce 750i SLI
Socket LGA775 Socket
Processor Types Quad Core, Core 2 Extreme, Core 2 Duo, Pentium 4, Pentium D
Number of CPUs 1
Front Side Bus 1333/1066/800/667MHz
Memory Type DDR2
Memory Channels Dual
Maximum Memory 8GB
External Graphics PCI Express x16 x2
IGP None
South Bridge nForce 430i
Audio 8-channel
IDE 133/100/66
SCSI None
SATA 3.0 GB/s
RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5, 10
LAN 10/100/1000 4 LAN Ports
Firewire IEEE 1394a
USB USB 2.0
Expansion Slots  
BIOS AMIBIOS
Form Factor ATX

XFX nForce 750i SLI Motherboard Review

The XFX nForce 750i SLI motherboard supports all current LGA-775 CPUs with a FSB of 1333MHz or less officially. If you set the overclock setting in the BIOS, the board will support up to 1800MHz when the CPU can reach it. Note that the NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI chip does not officially support 1600MHz FSB CPUs but overclocking can utilize these CPUs on most nForce 750i boards.

The memory controller on the nForce 750i chipset supports up to 800MHz DDR2 memory officially. The memory controller supports Extended Performance Profile Memory that uses a portion of the SPD information area in the memory to allow higher operating frequencies. The XFX board can support up to 1200MHz DDR2 memory when EPP 1.0 memory is utilized.

NVIDIA has enabled SLI for the Intel X58 chipset which is the only non-NVIDIA motherboard chipset to support SLI. SLI stands for Scalable Link Interface which allows two or more video cards to work together to increase gaming performance. The XFX nForce 750i SLI motherboard has two PCI Express x16 slots that will operate in x16 and x8 mode for the first and second respectively. As no video card maxes out PCI Express 2.0 x8 bandwidth to a noticeable degree this is an acceptable compromise solution compared to having two x8 cards as the nForce 750i chipset does not support x32 lanes to do x16 x16 operation. One cool feature of the XFX board is the ability to clear the CMOS without opening the case. The rear IO has a Clear CMOS button that allows you to clear the CMOS by pressing it. Another special feature of the board is the external DEBUG LED. This gives you readouts of the various error messages that you may encounter upon booting the computer. These two features allow the user to run the computer out of a case and overclock with ease.