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EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 nForce 780i SLI 3xPCI-Express x16 PCI-Express 2.0 Socket 775 A1 Version Motherboard
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Product Description

The EVGA 780i SLI; features three 16x PCI express slots, PCI express 2.0, and full support for Intel 45nm Core 2 CPU's. The three 16x PCI express slots provide the best platform for NVIDIA 3-way SLI; the latest in SLI technology. The EVGA 780i is ESA (Enthusiast System Architecture) certified which provides the best monitoring and fine tuning of your PC.

The eVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 nForce 780i SLI 775 ATX Motherboard, A1 Version is based on theNVIDIA nForce 780i SLI Chipset chipset. It supports Intel Core 2 Extreme, Intel Core 2 Quad, Intel Core 2 Duo, Pentium EE, and Pentium processors. The card's NVIDIA SLI technology dramatically scales performance by allowing two graphics cards to be run in parallel, and its featured NVIDIA Native Gigabit Ethernet offers the fastest Gigabit Ethernet performance you'll find anywhere, eliminating network bottlenecks and improving overall system efficiency and performance.

The eVGA 780i SLI features three 16x PCI express slots, PCI express 2.0, and full support for Intel 45nm Core 2 CPUs. The three 16x PCI express slots provide the best platform for NVIDIA 3-way SLI, the latest in SLI technology. The EVGA 780i is ESA (Enthusiast System Architecture) certified, which provides the best monitoring and fine tuning of your PC.

A third PCI-Express expansion slot provides future support for three GPU applications, and NVIDIA RAID technology implements standard RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 0+1 techniques to maximize storage assets. NVIDIA RAID technology also introduces many innovations that simplify and optimize the management of RAID features and disk resources. NVIDIA's patent-pending isochronous StreamThru Data Transport System provides uninterrupted data streaming for superior networking and broadband communications. StreamThru assists in making streaming video and audio smoother and jitter-free.

Unified Driver Architecture guarantees forward and backward compatibility with software drivers and simplifies upgrading to a new NVIDIA product because all NVIDIA products work with the same driver software. And NVIDIA's nTune Performance Application enables the easiest, safest, and highest performing overclocking available for NVIDIA nForce-based PCs. What's in the Box
nForce 780i SLI motherboard, I/O shield, floppy cable, three 2-port SATA power cable, 1394 cable, 4-port USB cable, six SATA signal cables, comm2 bracket cable, IDE-ATA133 HDD cable, fan, 3-way SLI and SLI bridge, and floppy drive diskette.

Features:
  • SLI-ready motherboard with fast Gigabit Ethernet performance
  • Supports Intel Core 2 Extreme, Intel Core 2 Quad, Intel Core 2 Duo, Pentium EE, and Pentium processors
  • 3 16x PCI express slots; ESA (Enthusiast System Architecture) certified
  • NVIDIA RAID technology with standard RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 0+1 techniques
  • NVIDIA's patent-pending isochronous StreamThru Data Transport System for uninterrupted data streaming

Customer Reviews:

  • Wouldn't POST
    Nice board, sadly it wouldn't POST or display video. Tried different memory with no luck. Pulled the CPU and reinstalled it, still no joy. I had also installed a brand new Antec 550 watt PSU at the same time I installed the new MOBO. I always swap the PSU at the same time I swap a motherboard. While I'm sure this is a great MOBO if you get a good one, I didn't. I decided to reinstall my trusty Asus P5B Deluxe. The USB ports were failing one by one on that board, but it turns out my OLD PSU was going bad. The Asus board works perfectly with the new PSU. So I RMA'd the EVGA board and got a refund....more info
  • Buy from Someone Besides Amazon
    BUY THIS BOARD DIRECTLY FROM AN EVGA VENDOR or DIRECT FROM TIGERDIRECT. DONOT BUY FROM AMAZON UNLESS YOU WANT HEADACHES and DELAYS. Let their be no doubt, this is an excellant board with superb features. You are set to grow with this board, but with the 680i you are limited right from the start (although the 680i is a great board from those with limited funds). Additionally, I agree completely with the reviewer who states EVGA customer service is the best!!! It truly is. Conversely, Amazon and their customer service has a lot to learn about living up to their assurances and not allowing their customer service reps to blatantly lie to their customers. Bottom line, if they tell you something, you'd better get a name and check it out as I can assure you their word and image mean nothing to them. Additionally, if you need something in a hurry, you'd better go someplace else as Amazon has completely lost control of its shipping system and has no way, zero, of telling you if something has shipped or not. Don't believe the statements they make. i.e. "if you buy this today, you can have it delievered tomorrow". If you happen to get it, it's a complete fluke and they can't explain to you how it did, or didn't happened. Trying to communcate to someone in a position of responsibility is even more difficult to accomplish, if not impossible. Customer Service will not allow you to respond to their messages and the management team hides behind their chairs and refuses to talk to anyone, except maybe to instruct the Customer Service Reps to lie to the customers. BOTTOMLINE, their are many reputable places to purchase this board, Amazon is just not one of them. The customer service staff is a disgrace and the management (if they even exist) is even worse.
    BUY THE BOARD, its 6 STARS, but buy it direct from TIGER,EVGA, or a vendor who values their customer. Amazon is not one of them. If you'd like more details on this issue and the overall customer service problems at Amazon, stay tuned to your favorite pc magazine and the top blogs. It will be highlighted in the upcoming takes.

    Good Luck, and Best Wishes in your pursuit of "Blazin'Speed"

    JohnBoy...more info
  • Good Motherboard for a gamer or amateur overclocker.
    Pros: This was my very first build, and was easy to work with. Works well with 45nm processors. Mine is has a e8400 overclocked to 4.05 Ghz, which was rather easy. My mushkin ram worked well and overclocked on it with stock voltage. Cools pretty well on air. Came with plenty of cables and a good manual (something that other brands don't always provide). Good forums and help at EVGA website.

    Cons: MCP fan blows directly on video card, which hurts your video card temps. Some top of the line CPU coolers will not fit. Sli seems to be a waste since they are incorporating to processors on one car now (eg. 9800 x2).

    Overall, I am happy with this board. It serves me well and performs like a champ. Minor cons, but still a good board....more info
  • Stable Premium Board; Manual is very good
    I installed this board with a Q6700 cpu, 8800GT, and 2GB RAM. It has run flawlessly without any qwerks. I love the alpha-numeric LED post code display (it will come in handy if you ever have a problem before the video process). I did have some problems with the optional Nvdia Network Manager software(HP Network printer would not install & possible problems with Orb) but I just uninstalled it and problem solved. 10 USB ports, 2 fire-wire ports, and 6 SATA ports is awesome. You will need to provide your own studs and screws for mounting. Very cool - my box runs between 30 - 35 C degrees with 1 video card. The manual is very clear and well organized - unlike some other mobo brands....more info
  • Best Motherboard on the market today.
    If you are a PC gamer then this is the motherboard for you.This board has a place for 3 PCI-E X16 Video cards,4GB of Ram and up,Floppy drive and a bunch of hard drives & Optical Drives.Other than what i have listed this board is great for another reason,you can overclock your CPU and Ram all from the Bios menu.It is very easy to Overclock with this board,all you do is punch in the speed you want for your Cpu or ram and there you go.I have a Q6600 2.4Ghz Quad core Cpu and i had no problem getting it over 3Ghz,very simple.Place 3 8800 Ultras and 4GB of Ram on this board and watch as even the most demanding game such as Crysis plays nice and smooth with everything at max settings 16Q Anti Aliasing and Max Resolution.If you want the best get this board....more info
  • Should have been called 690i

    nVidia in their current marketing scheme can't name anything correctly, but that's another story. Their really is alot of good with this board, more than bad. NOTE: This is a Foxconn board. It is made for XFX/Evga, and Foxconn is a middle to cheap mobo manufacturer. Not exactly ASUS here, but a good board and not as bad as some other Mfg's or even other Foxconn products.

    If you are new to overclocking or never had the proper tools to do so, this board is for you. Simply put, it is the most user friendly board I have seen in awhile. Very easy to assemble, good manual. The front case header wires are in the middle of the board (?) as opposed to bottom right as is custumary. Everything you need is in the BIOS. Simply press the "Delete" or "Del" key on powerup to go into the BIOS and explore. Yes you can get into some trouble, but usually the settings are green colored meaning "safe" or red colored when you exceed them. I owned the 680i too, and this is similiar with less bugs in it.

    They added a chip for the PCI-E 2.0, and 3 Way SLI. Only the 1rst and 3rd slots are PCI-E 2.0, the middle is x16. But really the bandwidth of 2.0 is barely touched even with the newer 2.0 video cards. Only GTX and Ultra cards can run 3 Way SLI too. The 9800GTX was just released, you can use these too.

    The memory standard is DDR2-1200. I will caution everyone going out and getting memory beyond 800 that the BIOS defaults to 800 for ALL MEMORY. You need to change that in the BIOS. Its fairly simple to change the timings and voltage, and as usual, follow the specs of your memory. There is some confusion about what qualifies as SLI memory. Anything that says SLI or EPP (Extended Performance Profile) qualifies. I am currently using Transcend DDR2-1200, you can get on the Egg when in stock. It's cheap, has huge heatsinks, is rated as 1200 MHz with 5-5-5-15 2T timing @2.2Volts. Think 2 gigs is like $100. It's not even rated as SLI Memory but BIOS sees it as such with 2 sticks. For some reason with 4 sticks the "SLI enabled" memory option in the BIOS disappears . Nice micron chips to boot! But this is just my opinion, use your own discretion. Running 4 banks of memory will also slow you down some too, if OC'ing is your main goal. My suggestion if you want to play with your memory, download Memtest 86 to a floppy and boot to that and see if your settings are stable. The test will take about 45 min to run full 9 cycles. I was able to get stable 1330 MHz on a relaxed 6-7-7-20 @2.30 Volts. Some people have screenshots of 1400 MHz too! So overall DDR3 has little to offer especially at some of the timings it has. Plus you save some money, although the cost of DDR3 keeps coming down every day, still doesn't justify the current pricing.

    CPU support for 45nm chips is nice when they materialize. The voltage increments in the BIOS allow for very fine adjustments. Think it's 0.005 Volts. I bought a factory sealed Q6700 on E-auction for $300 around Christmas and got it to 3.8 GHz on this board, not much higher for reasons I will state later. In the BIOS you have the option of "Linked" CPU to memory or "Unlinked" to set your own CPU FSB to memory MHz. I don't recommend going over 1.5:1 CPU FSB:Memory. But that depends on the chip you are using. I know the Q6600 can OC to 4.0GHz with a 9x multiplies and pushing the bus up alot.

    The problem with OC'ing this board, simply put, is overheating. This is something nVidia has been doing awhile, and is a trend they must stop. There are other boards that will OC better, just not with nVidia chipsets. nVidia make chips using older dies instead of newer shrinks to save money. The Northbridge or "SPP" has this huge razor sharp finned heatsink with a cheap little clip on fan that blows hot air onto your video card. You can adjust the Fan speed in the BIOS, I run at 100% but it is very noisy. Then again, I don't really care about the noise so much. The smaller Southbridge or "MCP" gets way too hot. I can't get stable 4 GHz OC because the BIOS temps on this thing get close to 80 C and shuts down. The chip will reside underneath you video card if you are using long cards (8800GT, GTS, GTX, etc) For these reasons, if you want maximum OCability, don't buy this board without liquid cooling. I'm using a Koolance Exos 2 system for the CPU and GPU. I don't want to buy the water blocks for the chipsets because I am upgrading to the 790i. Thanks eVGA ;). The 90 day step up works for this board, and if you purchase from Amazon, it is on the eVGA list of recommended e-tailers.

    I haven't tried 3 Way yet, can't afford 3. But I have a 9800GX2 coming. The scaling improvement of 3 cards over 2 is less than going 2 from 1. Although some of the benchmarks have some good scaling performance. So if you demand the best Video with mediocre OCing, this board is for you.

    One last thing about Amazon customer service. I read that rant that guy went on, and was not my experience at all. The price is cheaper than the Egg or alot of other places. Free shipping, no tax. Love it. I actually have 2 boards. This first was reported by UPS as damaged in transit. Called amazon (you really need to dig the help section for the phone call back option) and next day they sent me another. The other I threw in the garbage ;. The phone reps are foreigners contracted out, but are very knowlegeable and have been empowered to do more that alot of other companies would have. For these reasons, I really will check Amazon first when looking for my next and future builds. And like I said, eVGA will allow you to step up to new board like the 790i simply pay the price diffrence from what you paid for this ($239) minus the cost of the new part ($329) = $80. Great Mfg, great retailer.

    ...more info
  • beware of its size
    the 780i is a great motherboard for heavy gamers and graphic designers. i have a 9800gtx, an intel quad core, 4BG rams,and a 500Gb HDD all running smoothly. but be sure that you get a case the will accommodate its size, believe me it's a big motherboard. the bigger the case the better the cooling. a great thing about it is the 3 way sli support with is great for further enhancement, and of course the 8 GB ram support. however beware that it only supports 800 Mhz ddr2 rams and up to 1200 in sli mode, so don't bother and buy the 1066 or higher ramms. finally, it is a good motherboard that it delivers....more info