XFX 780i SLI Motherboard

Test Setup and Overclocking

Test Setup
 
To ensure that all reviews on Overclock3D are fair, consistent and unbiased, a standard set of hardware and software is used whenever possible during the comparative testing of two or more products. The configuration used in this review can be seen below:
 
 DFI LANPARTY UT P35-T2R (P35)XFX 780i SLI
Asus Maximus Formula (X38)
 Asus P5E3 Deluxe
Asus P5N-T Deluxe
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Quad Q6600 "G0" 2.4GHz 2x4MB
Memory Cellshock PC2-6400 DDR2-800 (4-4-4-12)
Graphics Card  Sapphire Ultimate X1950 Pro 256mb PCI-E
Hard Disk Hitachi Deskstar 80GB 7K80 SATA2 7200RPM 8mb
CPU Cooling Noctua NH-U12P
Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate (Latest Updates)
Graphics Drivers ATI Catalyst 7.4.44981
Motherboard Drivers Intel INF 8.300.1013
 
During the testing of the boards above, special care was taken to ensure that the BIOS settings used matched whenever possible. A fresh install of Windows Vista was also used between switching boards, preventing any possible performance issues due to left-over drivers from the previous motherboard install.

To guarantee a broad range of results, the following benchmark utilities were used: 
 
Synthetic CPU & Memory Subsystem
• Sisoft Sandra XII 2008c
• Lavalys Everest 4.0

File Compression & Encoding
• 7-Zip File Compression
• River Past ViMark

Disk I/O Performance
• HDTach 3.0.4.0
• Sisoft Sandra XII 2008c

3D / Rendering Benchmarks
• Cinebench 10
• 3DMark05
• 3DMark06

3D Games
• Quake 4
• Bioshock
• F.E.A.R
 
motherboard installed
 
Overclocking
 
Overclocking was not a good experience on the last Nforce 780i board I tested and so I was not looking forward to getting stuck in with this XFX board. Will it surpass the dismal performance of the other 780i boards? Let's take a look:
 
overclock
 
The board overclocked well, keeping up with the top-end boards tested and beating the other 780i board by a hundred or so MHz. Also note that overclocking on this board wasn't a drama and the motherboard reset easily after a bad overclock.
 
max fsb
 
Here again the XFX 780i SLI shows it's a decent overclocker with a not-to-be sniffed at 475MHz FSB on our quad.
 
Note that during all overclocking the 780i Nvidia chipset got very toasty and I am glad there was plenty of room to install a fan on it.
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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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