XFX 780i SLI Motherboard

Packaging and package

Packaging
 
XFX are aiming to impress with the packaging on this motherboard. Attractive swirling type artwork adorns the box, which is an impressive size.
 
box front  box rear
 
Inside we see a continuence of this quality:
 
inside box
 
With everything nicely compartmentalised, XFX have made this box feel special and certainly the motherboard is incredibly well protected.
 
Package
 
The package with the XFX board is also an aspect that shows there has been care putting everything together. We have:
 
* 6 x SATA cables
* 1 x Rounded IDE HDD cable
* 1 x Rounded IDE FDD cable
* 2  x Molex to dual SATA power cable
* 1 x USB backplate (4 x USB headers)
* 1 x Firewire backplate
* 1 x Backplate IO panel
* 1 x Extra long SLI connecter
* 1 x Tri-SLI connecter
* 1 x Driver CD
* 1 x Quick Reference Guide
* 1 x Motherboard Manual
* 1 x "I'm Gaming DO NOT DISTURB" door sign
 
package  SLI connecters
 
chipset fan  manuals etc
 
I don't think anyone can argue when I say that6's a very complete bundle, just as you should be seeing on a high end board like this. A top job by XFX.
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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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