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The XFX MB-N780-ISH9 is a "high-octane" motherboard, which supports TRI-SLI straight out of the box through 3 PCI-e x16 slots.

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Pros

Plenty of Fan connectors for cooling the board down

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Memory Overclocked easily if using SLI-Ready OCZ 800MHz Memory

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Dual BIOS option for reverting back after a bad Overclock

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Easily Overclocked

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built in fan for the North Bridge (Removable)

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Cons

Board finicky with a bad PSU. Not tolerant of spikes in power.

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I/O Panel does not line up in all Cases. Some adjustment needed.

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The XFX MB-N780-ISH9 is a "high-octane" motherboard, which supports TRI-SLI straight out of the box through 3 PCI-e x16 slots; yes, that means three high end graphics cards installed at once. The N780 also supports up to 8GB Dual Channel 800MHz DDR2 ram (4 slots), and has an LGA 775 socket for support with Intel Penryn 45nm, Core 2 Extreme, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, and Pentium processors up to 1333MHz FSB. There is however a general consensus that the BIOS must be updated to version P07 at the least for those installing an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 processor. With that said, the N780 also provides 8 channel High-Definition audio outputs, and a dual gigabit LAN which can be used to get twice the normal bandwidth. Of course there is also IDE, 2 PCI, 1 PCI-e, 3 PCI-e x16, 10 USB, 2 RJ-45, 1 1394a firewire, and 6 SATA ports. The N780 was first released on December 22, 2007 and retails at an MSRP of $199.99.

 Features

 

  • CPU support: 1333MHz FSB; Intel Penryn 45nm, Core 2 Extreme, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, Pentium
  • Chipset: NVIDIA nForce 780a SLI
  • Socket:  LGA 775
  • Memory Support:  Dual DDR2 800/ 667/ 533MHz (8GB maximum)
  • Graphics Options: 3*PCIe x16 with 3-way SLI
  • Audio:  8-Channel HD Audio
  • 10 USB 2.0 Ports,  4 x1 PCI-E Slot (3 x16), 6 SATA connectors
  • Dual Gigabit LAN Connection
  • Dimensions: 0.4 x 0.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Weight: 6 Pounds
  • Release Date: 12/22/2007
  • MSRP: $199.99
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