XFX 780i SLI Motherboard
The XFX 780i SLI is a board of ups and down, just as we have found with previously reviewed 780i boards. Performance at stock is fairly inconsistent with some great results mixed in with some average and some poor performance.
The layout and build quality of the XFX 780i SLI board is very good, with only a few minor niggles marring an otherwise solid board. The cooler on the XFX 780i SLI is as good as other 3rd party coolers we've seen on other 780i boards, although that Nvidia chipset gets ridiculously hot almost no matter what you put on it.
the board is fairly expensive, but with a fantastic raft of extra's and considering it is a top-end board, this isn't a deal breaker.
During overclocking I was far more impressed with the XFX 780i SLI than on previous 780i boards I have personally looked at. Overclocking was as easy as it should be and almost (but not quite) rivalled Intel-based boards for overclocking.
Tri-SLI is a definate plus on this board, although personally I am aware there are issues with this. However, if you are in the market for a ultimate high-end Tri-SLI setup, you won't be far wrong in choosing the XFX 780i SLI board.
A "Recommended" Award for the XFX 780i SLI board.
+ Good overclocking
+ Tri-SLI support
+ Excellent bundle
+ Well designed cooler and layout
* Hot chipset
* Mediocre performance
- The 780i chipset doesn't perform
Thanks to XFX
for the review sample
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