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The nVidia nForce 790i Chipset is the a chipset introduced by NVIDIA.

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excellent overclocking tools, easy to use

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ideal for using old IDE drives and floppy drives

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runs very stable, perfect for a system that runs 24/7

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excellent compatibility with a wide range of video cards and drives

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easy to install in a case, mounting holes are perfect

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Cons

system is very selective about memory, need to stick to the Recommends/Tested list

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some quality control issues, needs to be checked and exchanged right away if not 100%

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The nVidia nForce 790i Chipset is the first chipset introduced by NVIDIA that takes full advantage of the maximum offered FSB (Front Side Bus) speed of all Intel 45nm Dual and Multi core processors; 1600MHz. Boards equipped with the 790i SLI chipset offer socket LGA 775 support for complete compatibility with all Intel Penryn (Yorkfield & Wolfdale), Core 2 Extreme, Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, and Intel Pentium Family processors. The 790i SLI chipset also supports compatibility with dual gigabit LAN interface chipsets, Azalia high-definition audio chipsets, and storage capacity with SATA, eSATA, PATA, IDE and USB compatibility. The chipset also supports 3-way SLI which may be broadcasted through 3 PCI-e x16 Gen 2.0 slots. The 790i also intruduces support for Dual Channel DDR3 200MHz EPP memory. Some more popular boards featuring the chipset include the eVGA nForce 790i Ultra SLI, Asus Striker II Extreme, XFX-MB-N790-IUL9, and the Asus P5N64 WS Pro.

Key Features
  • Full use of 1600MHz FSB Intel 45nm dual and multi core processors
  • Hybrid SLI support/ Tri or Quad-SLI
  • Socket LGA 775: Support for Intel Penryn, Core 2 Extreme, Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, and Pentium Family processors
  • 3-4 PCI-e x16 Gen. 2.0 slots all working at x16 speeds
  • Dual Channel DDR3 2000MHz EPP memory support
  • Additional Support Features
    • Dual gigabit Lan chipset
    • Azalia 8 or higher HD audio chipsets
    • SATA, eSATA, PATA, IDE, and extra USB support

Models outfitted with 790i Ultra SLI chipset

  • eVGA nForce 790i Ultra SLI
    • 1600MHz FSB support (Native)
    • Dual Channel DDR3 2000 MHz (8GB maximum)
    • Graphics Options: Hybrid SLI through 3*PCIe x16 slots with Tri-SLI (GeForce 8 Series) or Quad-SLI (9800GX2) support
    • 7.1-Channel HD Audio outputs
    • UltraDMA133 support
    • Dual Gigabit LAN Connection
  • Asus Striker II Extreme
    • Intel EM64T/EIST Hyper-Threading Technology
    • 1600MHz FSB support (Native)
    • Dual Channel DDR3 2000MHz (Overclocked) Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
    • Graphics Options: Hybrid SLI support for 3-Way SLI through 3 PCI-e x16 ports (Operate as x16, x16, x16 under SLI mode)
    • Marvell 2 gigabit LAN chipset
    • ADI AD1988B 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
    • MSRP: $499
  • Asus P5N64 WS Pro
    • Intel EM64T/EIST Hyper-Threading Technology
    • 1600MHz FSB support (Native)
    • Dual Channel DDR3 2000MHz (Overclocked) Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
    • Graphics Options: Hybrid SLI support for Quad-SLI and Tri-SLI modes through 4 PCI-e x16 ports (Operate as x16, x16, x16, x4 or x16, x16, x16 Under SLI modes)
    • Marvell 2 gigabit LAN chipset
    • Onboard Wireless LAN card with 802.11g/b support
    • ADI AD1988B 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
    • MSRP: $189.99
  • XFX-MB-N790-IUL9
    • 1600 MHz FSB support (Overclocked)
    • Dual Channel DDR3 2000 MHz EPP 2.0 Memory (8GB maximum)
    • Graphics Options: Hybrid SLI through 3*PCIe x16 slots in Tri-SLI
    • 8 Channel analog and digital audio
    • Dual Gigabit LAN Connection
    • MSRP: $349.99
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