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Old 07-01-08, 06:32 AM   #13
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62% is 5 rated, 17% is 4 rated.

never take newegg reviews to heart.
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Old 07-01-08, 06:45 AM   #14
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62% is 5 rated, 17% is 4 rated.

never take newegg reviews to heart.
which would you go with?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188026
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Old 07-02-08, 11:39 AM   #15
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im in exactly the same situation as you Lfctony - thinking of getting an EVGA 750i (as I dont want to have to buy DDR3 so there's no point getting a 790 - and the 780 v 750 advantage appears to be 3-way SLI which I am not considering)..
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Old 07-03-08, 06:44 PM   #16
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Im about to go for the 750i myself.. but whats all this "Random Video corruption" I am reading about.. people are saying this board has a few bugs in it? anyone here run into that problem
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Old 07-03-08, 09:26 PM   #17
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Which one,what revision number?
Because this is the only one I can use that I've found and the reviews are mixed from crapp to great.

here, thnx

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813141005
That's the one. There should only be one XfX 780i board as far as I know. There is a 790i that looks similar other than it uses a slightly newer chipset and DDR3.

From the bottom of the box.

Ordering Code: MB-N780-ISH9
Ver 1.3

About the reviews too. You really need to just look at the negative and kind of guestimate if they know what they are talking about. A lot of times when you actually read a negative comment it's because the writer shouldn't be installing the product in the first place cause they have no clue what they are talking about. The other nice thing is that Newegg now puts a little thing that shows if they actually purchased the item or not. I swear a lot of the reviews are just people who don't even have the product but would like to express their opinions.

The other thing I have to love about reviews are the idiots who post the first review and either give it a 5 star with a comment like EVGA rocks, or they post a 2 star and say this is too expensive, I'm not wasting my money.

They used to be a lot more informative IMO, but now you have to read them and come to your own conclusion. What I like to do is just skim the negatives to see if there is a reoccuring theme. If you have 10 negative comments over a few pages where people complain about an issue, it is probably something relevent.
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Old 07-03-08, 09:58 PM   #18
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Im about to go for the 750i myself.. but whats all this "Random Video corruption" I am reading about.. people are saying this board has a few bugs in it? anyone here run into that problem
Is it something like where you'll be playing a game and then all of the sudden you'll get a pink screen or something like that and you have to reboot to make it happy? You could just even be sitting at the desktop and all of the sudden get a black screen. The pc is still responsive in the background and sometimes you'll even have the mouse on top of the screen.

If that's what your talking about I know it all too well. My friends rig with an Evga 680i, Q6700, 2GB Corsair dominator 1066, 8800GTS 512MB. I really think it's a G92 and motherboard issue. The pc was running that 680i board, an E6400, 2GB corsair, and a EVGA 6800GT for a few months before we made a couple of swaps. Ran like a champ for a few months without any issues. We made the changes, it worked for about a week, then it starting having the video corruption issues. Tried everything I could think of, drivers, bios updates, changed power plugs, reinstalled a couple of times, took everything out that wasn't needed, etc.

Finally we took one of my 8800GTX from my pc, put it into his pc, and it ran fine all night. I probably gamed for 6 hours on his box no issues. Put his 8800GTS into my then 3800+ X2, 2GB ram, DFI expert machine, card ran fine all night. Played around some more the next day, swapped the cards back, pc worked fine for about 4 days. Then went back to being dumb. Obviously at this point I'm scratching my head because everything works fine when we don't pair the GPU and Mobo together, but when those two are together they must fight like crazy. Played around a little more and all of the sudden it started working again. It has now been working without a hitch for a few months with the 8800GTS and 680i board together. Knocking on wood right now. It might not be those two that are even causing the issue though either, it could be something else unrelated like maybe the GTS draws too much power from one source and starts to have issues. The GTX has two PCI-E connectors so it shouldn't ever run out of juice. The power supply is an OCZ GameXStream 700W.

One more thing to note, another friend of mine has an EVGA 780i board with an EVGA 8800GTS 512MB card. His rig worked fine for a month then he told me he had the video corruption once, but it never happened again thankfully.
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Old 07-03-08, 10:09 PM   #19
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I've been perfectly fine here on 790i after I did two things; make sure my Q6600 G-0 is getting 1.46v real for 3.61GHz, and drop my DDR 3 1600 timings to Cas 9 Tras 24 2T.
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Well, I ended up with an MSI P7N Platinum, they didn't have any P7N Diamonds to give me after I returned the once that was DOA. Also, apparently the board was opened and used, missing the backplate and the little things that you connect to your case wires and then to your motherboard for easy installation, all five of them. My only gripe with this board is that only the first slot is PCIe 2.0 16x, and the other two are PCIe 2.0 8x. No harm done though, the performance is identical at this moment...
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Well, I ended up with an MSI P7N Platinum, they didn't have any P7N Diamonds to give me after I returned the once that was DOA. Also, apparently the board was opened and used, the backplate and the little things that you connect to your case wires and then to your motherboard for easy installation, all five of them. My only gripe with this board is that only the first slot is PCIe 2.0 16x, and the other two are PCIe 2.0 8x. No harm done though, the performance is identical at this moment...
Hmm... if your previous board had more than one full x16 slot, I don't think I'd settle for anything less if you paid for it.

That feature comes at a pretty huge price premium these days.
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Hmm... if your previous board had more than one full x16 slot, I don't think I'd settle for anything less if you paid for it.

That feature comes at a pretty huge price premium these days.
I got other stuff too, got a 320GB HD and 4GB of ram. I got the money I paid in full, just a cheaper board and a couple of things I was going to buy in 15 days anyway, since I'm building a PC for a friend...
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I got other stuff too, got a 320GB HD and 4GB of ram. I got the money I paid in full, just a cheaper board and a couple of things I was going to buy in 15 days anyway, since I'm building a PC for a friend...
Oh, that's not bad then.
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