XFX 780i SLI Motherboard

Conclusion

Conclusion
 
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.
 
At £167 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.
 
Komplett
 
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.
 
recommended
 
The Good
 
+ Good overclocking
+ Tri-SLI support
+ Excellent bundle
+ Well designed cooler and layout
 
The Mediocre
 
* Hot chipset
* Mediocre performance
 
The Bad
 
- The 780i chipset doesn't perform
 
Thanks to XFX for the review sample
 
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Most Recent Comments

31-01-2008, 16:25:23

Brooksie
XFX always do have lovely bundles..

Looks like the 780i isn't what was expected with the overclocking..Quote

31-01-2008, 16:26:10

FarFarAway
Well 3600ish is OK, remember it is chip and cooling dependentQuote

31-01-2008, 16:59:51

brad81
Hi guys!

First visit to the website to read your review was pretty informative!

I know that the P35 chipsets work well with the new (not so new now I guess) Intel Quads and the ATI/AMD Radeon cards. You stated earlier that for the sake of uniformity that you'd use the Radeon card. I personally believe that because of this the board wasn't shown in fairness to the other boards. Being an Nvidia chipset, would it have not been wiser to use a similar performing card to the Radeon?

Cheers,

BradQuote

31-01-2008, 17:07:36

FarFarAway
A graphics card should not perform any differently in theory under different chipsets. We don't use an Intel card

A "similar performing" card wouldn't perform the same and numbers wouldn't be comparable I'm afraid. Plus using an Nvidia card could also be construed as bias too so we use the same card for all boards.

I do understand your point but we try to make sure every review item is looked at as fairly as possible so we have to decide on one card to use, and this time around we went for an ATI X1950 Pro

EDIT: And welcome Quote

31-01-2008, 18:05:40

Rastalovich
A great read tbh. It is very true that XFX spend time on their packaging for all their products. (I have an XFX badged raid card, as well as the obvious, and it`s evident there too)

I know Kemp has something up his sleeve regarding a sli testing, I can sense it in the air

The sli has to be a big deciding factor in leaning towards these 780i boards (not to state the obvious).

So will it`s `good` to `nearly as good as` performances in other departments stand it in good stead.

Since I`m not a convinced SLI supporter, it`d be easy for me to not suggest these 780i boards to people - however, if their SLI performance is as good as proposed, u`d have to take them seriously and not just for the benchmark chasers.

Dissapointed with the audio outputs, would like to have seen eSata ports, but can understand why they were omitted.Quote
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