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Auswak
10-31-05, 01:42 AM
The FREE EVGA SLI Motherboard is back!

http://www.evga.com/articles/images/258-headerb.jpg

You read that right.

IT'S BACK! - LIMITED TIME OFFER: FREE SLI Mainboard (P/N: 133-K8-NF41-AX) w/ Purchase of 7800GT Card

Back by popular demand, and for a limited time only, EVGA is offering a steal of a deal, AGAIN! For those purchasing an e-GeForce 7800 GT, you'll receive an nForce 4 SLI Mainboard FREE! You read that right, that's a $199.99 value item that you're getting free of charge when you purchase a 7800 GT card (P/N: 256-P2-N518-AX ONLY).

Also take advantage of the 7800GT offers available from EVGA: Card Pool Rebate Promotion and FREE COD2

:D

mx125race
10-31-05, 02:44 AM
I might be getting this once i get the money from selling some old pc parts...

or i could just be one of the winners on the free 7800GT drawing :confused:

marqmajere
10-31-05, 02:47 AM
It looks like a great deal. Thing is, there are cheaper 7800GT's to buy. I realize it's still a better deal, but to say we're getting a free board when the evga 7800GT's are $60+ more than the other 7800GT's just seems funny.

nrdstrm
10-31-05, 04:51 AM
Of course with EVGA your getting the Step Up Program and a Lifetime Warrenty :)

ViN86
10-31-05, 10:13 AM
...but to say we're getting a free board when the evga 7800GT's are $60+ more than the other 7800GT's just seems funny.
lifetime warranty + step up program + $140+ mobo > $60

i realize its not really 'free' per-say, but its a great deal nonetheless ;)

marqmajere
10-31-05, 12:02 PM
I didn't read about the lifetime warrenty or the stepup program. That's not a bad deal at all.

|JuiceZ|
10-31-05, 12:24 PM
Yup eVGA is a good partner ;)

Strahd
10-31-05, 03:14 PM
Can this MB be mounted upside down? Maybe I should just get rid of my Lian-Li V1200B :(

What kind of OC'ing can be done with it?

Redshirt #24
10-31-05, 05:59 PM
Usual perfect damn timing...always pops up when I'm broke... :(

mx125race
10-31-05, 07:34 PM
Usual perfect damn timing...always pops up when I'm broke... :(

same here...hopefully it lasts just a few more weeks, which is all i need...

ViN86
10-31-05, 11:57 PM
same here...hopefully it lasts just a few more weeks, which is all i need...
looks like you guys havent entered the world of credit yet, hehe :D

Redshirt #24
11-01-05, 09:33 AM
Hell, how do you think I got my TV? :D

Seriously, though...the motherboard itself. It doesn't actually suck, right?

rewt
11-01-05, 10:01 AM
It's a pretty good board. It has more overclocking features than most other mainstream boards. I've got my Venice 3000+ up to 2.6GHz with it (289x9). It does seem to be a little picky on memory timings though, especially if you plan on running a high HTT, 1:1 ratio with DDR500/600 then you might run into some minor issues (such as not being able to run 1T). Hopefully this will be fixed in a new BIOS release soon.

sytaylor
11-01-05, 10:23 AM
/me is trying to avoid over use of credit, just for financial prudence really.

I'll throw a few things on cards so long as I know I could cash my way out of it if I really needed to.

sabersix1
11-01-05, 06:49 PM
EVGA has the Best Deals, the Best Products, and the Best WARRANTY and Customer Support Ever! Thanks Auswak and thanks EVGA.

sirplayalot
11-01-05, 10:00 PM
Guys, when the deal was started earlier back, i emailed an EVGA rep and they told me that the card in this purchase is NOT included with a step-up program. He told me that i would not be able to trade this card in and buy a better one like their other retail cards do! I wish i kept the email but i didnt. :(

If anyone can confirm that would be great, but i remember that he told me it cant be used with the step-up program.

Rytr
11-01-05, 10:28 PM
Have been running this board since the review sometime back and it has been very stable. I have had a 3700+ up to 2.7GHz on air. Have run several PCI-E cards on it, including a GTX, with no problems plus a set of 6800 GTs in SLI.

KickAssCop
11-02-05, 03:09 AM
Can anyone provide me with more feedback on this motherboard. For example what kindof settings are you running Rytr that allowed you to hit 2.7 GHz. What HTT? DDR Ratio? etc etc. Thanks.

rewt
11-02-05, 04:33 AM
I've seen a case on eVGA forums where the board hit 326 HTT using Clockgen. I don't believe the board boots well with an HTT that high however, because of BIOS issues. At different memory ratios, non user selectable memory timings are tightened too far thus causing boot problems with some types of memory. Theres also a problem with the BIOS not recognizing and remembering HTT values beyond the 270/280 mark in some cases.

Rytr
11-02-05, 05:04 PM
I have been running this board for several months since the review and did several overclocking tests after the review. The most I was able to get the memory to was 245MHz at 1:1. I believe in that case HTT was at 4x as I was trying for 250MHz but was not successful at that ratio. I have it running 220MHz, 1:1, 5x HTT at the present which provides good performance with no temperature problems.
The board is running 24/7 but at the present I am still working with an Intel system tweaking it for gaming so I have not gotten back to the EVGA board. I will as soon as I can get a better graphic card setup. At present, it is running a vanilla 6600.

uOpt
11-02-05, 06:44 PM
Does this board support ECC memory?

What is the max CPU voltage?

Rytr
11-02-05, 09:25 PM
Does this board support ECC memory?

What is the max CPU voltage?

No, only unbuffered non-ECC.
CPU max. voltage 1.55V
Our review is located here:
http://www.nvnews.net/reviews/evga_nforce4_sli_edition_mainboard/index.shtml

marqmajere
11-02-05, 10:23 PM
Guys, when the deal was started earlier back, i emailed an EVGA rep and they told me that the card in this purchase is NOT included with a step-up program. He told me that i would not be able to trade this card in and buy a better one like their other retail cards do! I wish i kept the email but i didnt. :(

If anyone can confirm that would be great, but i remember that he told me it cant be used with the step-up program.


That kind of sucks. :thumbdwn:

rewt
11-03-05, 12:24 AM
CPU max. voltage 1.55V

Actually, with CPU 7-shift BIOS options, much more voltage is possible. You can get up to +350mV (.35 volts) without even touching the normal CPU voltage setting. On a CPU with default voltage of 1.4, adding +350mV would make it 1.75 volts. And thats still not maximum (although setting voltage that high is probably not recommended anyway). My 1800Mhz CPU runs prime stable @ 2600MHz with just an extra +150mV, potentially leaving even more overclocking headroom voltage-wise. CPU voltage (or the lack of it) is certainly not an issue with this board.

uOpt
11-03-05, 08:50 AM
Did anybody use this board with 4 GB of memory? Does remapping of the space between 3 and 4 GB to > 4 GB work as intended?