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EVGA nForce 780i SLI FTW err... cheesecake?

EVGA nForce 780i SLI FTW err... cheesecake?

EVGA's nForce 780i SLI FTW board features a good selection of improvements over the standard 'designed by Nvidia' board.

EVGA has been working hard to capitalise on the momentum it built up during the early days of Nvidia’s nForce 680i SLI launch and during the show it showed us a special-edition nForce 780i SLI motherboard it’s working on.

It’s known as the nForce 780i SLI cheesecake FTW edition and features a whole host of improvements over the standard ‘designed by Nvidia’ board.

EVGA has recently acquired around 30 motherboard engineers and it says that it is planning to develop some of its own original designs moving fowards. We’re told that most of the engineers came from EpoX, which has now all but pulled out of the enthusiast’s motherboard market.

The board design we saw was a non-working sample that isn’t finalised, but it does give us an idea of where EVGA is heading with its 780i SLI cheesecake edition.

It uses pretty much the same basic layout as the standard nForce 780i SLI board, but EVGA has swapped out the standard capacitors for 100 percent solid state aluminium ones and has improved power regulation around the CPU socket by replacing the default six phase solution with an eight phase design.

In addition, the company has implemented a hybrid cooling solution that, again, isn’t quite finalised but it gives you an idea of what EVGA is looking to do. While it’s not quite as extreme as the cooling solution that Foxconn has implemented on its BlackOps board, it will cater for both air and watercooled configurations.

The current design has a few flaws that EVGA is aware of and will fix before the product launches in the next few months. These include the fact that the barbs aren’t user interchangeable and the fan will get in the way of any graphics card that has a plate on the rear (like EVGA’s ACS³-branded products).

Finally, EVGA also says that it will be implementing a further two SATA 3Gbps ports—in addition to the six supported by the MCP—onto the board via a third party chip, but the company didn’t detail which controller it would use and whether or not one of the additional ports would be eSATA. We’ll bring you more information as the board’s progress gets closer to volume production – for now, we’ll leave you with a picture of this piece of cheesecake which, of course, you are free to discuss in the forums.

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C-Sniper 10th January 2008, 21:11 Quote
that picture makes it look like the PCIE slot is inaccessable. why are they going with an Acronym for the name?
Mankz 10th January 2008, 21:25 Quote
Its a bad use of cheesecake.
Naberius 10th January 2008, 21:47 Quote
I have always liked EVGA, ever since the days of the M-ATX SLi motheroard (hopefully they wil make anoher one), they seem to direct their products in the right direction, sorting out what is useful for buyers from what they don't need.

Can't wait to see this on the market.
Jojii 10th January 2008, 22:02 Quote
changing memory when you have one of those new gt x2 cards should be fun
sotu1 11th January 2008, 01:58 Quote
errr...cheesecake?! someone care to explain!? i'm hungry now...
samkiller42 11th January 2008, 02:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by sotu1
errr...cheesecake?! someone care to explain!? i'm hungry now...

Its a forum thing, the mods i think got fed up with people using FT W far to often, so eachtime you put FT W it replaces it with cheesecake.

Onto the mobo, looks good, just hope it doesnt have as many issues as the 680i did (the one Tim couldn't get to work but i could:))

Sam
AuDioFreaK39 12th January 2008, 02:06 Quote
Is this FTW as in For The Win?

I can just imagine on tech forums like bit-tech: "Hey which mobo should I get?"

Some random nub: "eVGA 780i SLi FTW"

"lol thanks!"
r4tch3t 13th January 2008, 04:11 Quote
Not the nicest looking board, but the extras are nice. However this is another board with the floppy connector 90 degrees instead of the IDE. Meh I'm all SATA now.
Amon 13th January 2008, 05:40 Quote
Looks like it's quite hefty and the fan looks unnecessary. They couldn't move the northbridge up a bit?
tuaamin13 28th April 2008, 13:40 Quote
If you've ever been around the EVGA forums, people are like "oh no, I'll be waiting for the FTW" version of the motherboard! While all those northbridge options seem nice (assuming they can fix it), and stability is always good, I'm not sure it's going to be worth the premium unless it comes in at the current 780i price and the 780i current drops.
Tim S 28th April 2008, 13:43 Quote
waiting for the cheesecake version, rolf that sounds awesome :D
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