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djDEATH 10th January 2008, 11:02 Quote
seems to me that in all fairnes,s unless you really want to put that 45 nm Penryn into your SLI system, its better to stick with the 680i for now. Improvements don't seem great enough to spend all this money if you already have the 680.

What baffles me, and what is kind of annoying, is that i want to build an SLI system, but i'd like to stick with AMD CPU's more than anything else so i don't have to buy another one, and that leaves me with the rather old 590SLI. When will there be a decent 680/780i rivalling chipset from nvidia for AMD CPUs?? (680a doesn't count)

for me, the horsepower of my system will not be hindered by a 12% loss to Core2Duos, i'm happy to save the £100s involved in switching platforms to intel, and get a phenom 2.4-2.6 sometime in the new year (when the TLB bug is resolved with new stepping, and hopefully better overclocking potential). for now though, 2 8800GTs or GTSs sounds pretty tempting, but 590SLI is old hat, and doesn't give me AM2+ or HTT3. I sit and wait.
Bindibadgi 10th January 2008, 11:37 Quote
The next AMD chipset: 780a which features this NF200 chip and HT3/AM2+ for Phenoms is due out very soon!
Nictron 10th January 2008, 12:36 Quote
Could you please elaborate how you got your Sli working in Crysis?
Gunsmith 10th January 2008, 13:00 Quote
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Could you please elaborate how you got your Sli working in Crysis?

alternate frame rendering.

tbh the only reason the 780 was concieved was because of the massive **** up concerning the 9650 support. EVGA offered me a 780 upgrade for next to pittance, i am very tempted but my major concern is the onboard cooling solution. I watercool my north and southbridge's but with my mosfet's cooliong heatpiped into the main northbridge cooler im screwed for cooling them, what alternatives are available if any that is? also i didnt see any mention of triple sli support (a 3rd GTX is pittance these days) and i think im one of the few that really likes crysis single player a lot.
Nictron 10th January 2008, 13:41 Quote
I have tried AFR1 & 2 and AFR 3 under enhancer and I cant get SLI to function correctly, when enabling the load bars they show but when looking through something like a Tree opening the bars just drop down to 20% about, other areas it runs ok but it feels laggy compared to a single card, I would go as far as to say that Single card performs much better.

I have also installed the patch but no improvement in Sli at all. I did some benchmarks and I could not see an improvemwnt with SLi. Sli does work in other application though.
Bindibadgi 10th January 2008, 13:45 Quote
What drivers? I used 169.25's

Gun - EVGA does do a black pearl board for 680i using custom blocks, I don't know if the mosphet block from that would fit 780i.
Nictron 10th January 2008, 13:52 Quote
Yes 169.25 WHQL Vista 64Bit.
Bindibadgi 10th January 2008, 14:04 Quote
Dunno about 64-bit mate, I ran 32.
Nictron 10th January 2008, 14:18 Quote
I will try and run the 32Bit Bin file, and see what it does. Thx
Mankz 10th January 2008, 14:25 Quote
Its ennoying to see that all of the 680i series waterblocks won't fit.

I also wish they'd get rid of that ennoying little Blue Power LED on the Mobo and replace it with something a little less bright (on 680i too)
Bindibadgi 10th January 2008, 14:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mankz.
Its ennoying to see that all of the 680i series waterblocks won't fit.

I also wish they'd get rid of that ennoying little Blue Power LED on the Mobo and replace it with something a little less bright (on 680i too)

Just tape it over with some electrical tape - that shuts it up! :) I like having a single LED to tell me a board is on, but I don't care for multiple LEDs telling me things because once it's in a case I never look at it again.
Mankz 10th January 2008, 15:10 Quote
I'd quite like to see another board with the 4-LED boot sequence like on my Ultra-D. All of these Post codes just get me confunddled.
Orlix 10th January 2008, 15:53 Quote
I think it is kind of strange that the article states that EVGA will only deliver in the USA when they have an upgrade program to the 780i for €80 in Europe. Will EVGA only upgrade and not sell new boards?
Tim S 10th January 2008, 18:46 Quote
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I think it is kind of strange that the article states that EVGA will only deliver in the USA when they have an upgrade program to the 780i for €80 in Europe. Will EVGA only upgrade and not sell new boards?

At the moment, that's the case yes. XFX has exclusive rights in Europe until allocation improves - the same is true for the US market, but the roles are reversed.
Bindibadgi 10th January 2008, 19:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mankz.
I'd quite like to see another board with the 4-LED boot sequence like on my Ultra-D. All of these Post codes just get me confunddled.

2 digit POST codes are FAR easier to understand than LED arrays because they are universal - learn them once and that's all you need to know.
Gunsmith 11th January 2008, 00:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mankz.
I'd quite like to see another board with the 4-LED boot sequence like on my Ultra-D. All of these Post codes just get me confunddled.

2 digit POST codes are FAR easier to understand than LED arrays because they are universal - learn them once and that's all you need to know.

so true
haggisathome 11th January 2008, 00:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gunsmith
I water cool my north and southbridge's but with my mosfet's cooling heatpipe into the main northbridge cooler I'm screwed for cooling them, what alternatives are available if any that is? .

yep i feel for you , i am in the same boat . i just got a 6400 black edition as i think its very good for the price ..... i have stuck with asus mobo,s as i really like them and have not had any issues (all 6 of them) i talked to eddy from EK asking if he does or will do a mosfet block for the board i really want (asus crosshair) but he says the chipset is old now and wont be doing them :'(

hope its not to long till the new chipset
Bluephoenix 11th January 2008, 05:29 Quote
I'm looking forward to the striker II, and hoping the heatsink doesn't change much so I won't have to make another custom-cut waterblock for it.
Bindibadgi 11th January 2008, 08:59 Quote
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I'm looking forward to the striker II, and hoping the heatsink doesn't change much so I won't have to make another custom-cut waterblock for it.

I have one, review will be soon(ish).
djDEATH 11th January 2008, 12:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
2 digit POST codes are FAR easier to understand than LED arrays because they are universal - learn them once and that's all you need to know.

just like learning your times tables.
Gunsmith 11th January 2008, 23:55 Quote
tbh i cant see the mosfets getting any hotter then a 680i, i wonder if i could buil a passive cooler for them...

/me thinks
Bindibadgi 12th January 2008, 11:06 Quote
They are the more modern type of mosphets which run cooler, but there is more of them for it to be more efficient. You should be able to passively cool it I recon.

The waterblock looks gorgeous! ^^
Gunsmith 13th January 2008, 02:09 Quote
oh ****, i went hunting to find an exact layout of the board to see if i could fit a 3rd video card and still watercool the southbridge, look at what we have under the chipset cooler itself, christ i cant think of any none custom waterblocks that'll fit that. also, how hot does the pcie 2.0 to warrent sitting under the same damn cooler? D:

http://www.expreview.com/img/review/780isli//DSC_32091.jpg
Andreoid 13th January 2008, 02:34 Quote
ive a sb cooler that fits ^^
but only with graficcards with watercoolers ....cause the fittings of the sb ar so thick. ,. and ther is no space for an air cooled grafivvard
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