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EVGA nForce 650i Ultra Review - Page 2 of 5

A CLOSER LOOK

The rear I/O connections are also bare with a large gap between the still present PS2 mouse and keyboard ports and the 4 USB 2.0 ports, partly caused by the vacated printer serial port. There ia a single LAN connection with LED indicator status lights, and an 8-channel, 192 kHz/32-bit High Definition Audio (HDA) (Azalia 1.0) supporting S/PDIF output and jack-sensing.

Rear I/O Connections

The most notable difference of the EVGA nForce 650i Ultra motherboard is the lack of SLI support. There is no SLI switch chip like those on the SLI-equipped nForce 650i motherboard, so no dual x8 PCI-e slots. But you do have the one fully compatible full-length x16 PCI-e slot supporting 4 GB/s (8 GB/s concurrent) bandwidth at the top along with 2 PCI-e x1 slots, one above the x16 slot and one below.

In addition, there are 3 PCI slots below these. To the right of the bottom PCI slot are the two USB 2.0 on-board headers (aqua blue) that connect to the provided 4-port USB connector which connects to the back panel providing a total of 8 USB 2.0 ports.

x16 PCI-e and USB 2.0 Ports

Like other nForce 650i motherboards, the NF-430 Media Communications Processor (MCP) has proven to be reliable over the past couple of years. While not capable of providing all the features of the nForce 680i chipset, this model can more than handle the needs required by nForce 650i Ultra and should prove to be a good match.

NF-430 MCP

That's a brief once over of the board and as you can see there are no extras but that should not take away from or impede performance.

SATA 2.0 Ports, etc.

Next Page: Installation, Test System, and BIOS

Last Updated on April 25, 2007


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