XFX 650i Ultra Socket 775 Motherboard

I/O and BIOS

I/O Connectivity

The I/O connectivity on the board is pretty basic, although has everything you need in the basic sense of it.

xfx 650i ultra connectivity

There's no Dual LAN, no digital sound, no eSATA and only 4 USB ports. Here's what you get:

* PS/2 mouse and keyboard ports
* 4 x USB ports
* Gigabit LAN port
* 8 Channel Analogue Audio ports

All in all a pretty basic affair leaving you wanting a couple more options. However, this is a fairly basic board that has a price-tag to match.

BIOS Setup

XFX have gone for a Phoenix Award BIOS setup on the 650i Ultra. The overclocking features are a little hidden in the "Chipset Features" of the menu (another reason for a good manual), but there are quite a few present with a decent(ish) range of voltages to play with.

xfx 650i ultra bios

Under system voltages we have the following options:

xfx 650i BIOS voltages xfx 650i voltage VTT

xfx 650i voltage ddr

A slightly weak 1.6v on the CPU, a very weak 1.4v on the NorthBridge and a pretty aweful 2.1v on the memory. The memory voltages really concern me as the top-end memory won't even run on this board as many are rated at 2.2v and above. Luckily the Mushkin I use runs very well at lower voltages.

xfx 650i overclocking xfx 650i ultra overclocking ddr

The BIOS adjustments are actually pretty decent, especially after I flashed from the shipping BIOS which would not save the settings I entered into it. The option to link or unlink the memory easily on the nForce 600 series is a pretty decent feature and allows you to use whatever RAM you feel you want to (while considering the poor voltage adjustments)

Apart from that the XFX 650i Ultra motherboard is a pretty bog standard nVidia 600 series affair. I was pretty disappointed with the voltage adjustment range and feel that this will really let down the board when it comes to overclocking.
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Most Recent Comments

05-06-2007, 12:17:42

JN
"XFX are well known for producing high-quality, high-speed graphics cards. Now they're stepping it up and getting into main-boards. I take a look at the 650i Ultra and see if they do as good a job"

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...135425942s.jpg

Posted on behalf of Kempez... Read Here

05-06-2007, 12:23:15

robump
Thats pretty cool, i went for evga 680i though, by the way your link to the forums on the review is dead.

When you review stuff do you just get given it to test?

Did you get my pm?

Thanks

Rob

05-06-2007, 12:40:11

ionicle
cool review, i didnt expect that board to do so well tbh

05-06-2007, 12:45:12

ali_james
Nice review, glad you pointed out the green! My 15quid Epox board is green

05-06-2007, 13:17:59

equk
Cool review

I find it wierd that people are talking about mobo's (or hardware in general) when they mention 'colour schemes' etc

Reminds me of this thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='XMS'
Agreed! it won't be long before we have colour coded processors, ram and graphics cards that match up with the relevant slots on the motherboard (or are Gigabyte already doing this with their technicoloured mobo's) :P
Not like the old days

05-06-2007, 14:39:06

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='equk'

Not like the old days
QT. I remember marveling at one of Abits first mobo's that used a brownish PCB and thinking how cool that was compared to the green ones. Of course the PCI slots were white and the AGP,RAM and PATA slots black.

05-06-2007, 16:49:03

BUFF
it's the same 650i Ultra nVidia reference mobo as eVga (& no doubt others) also provide.

bit surprised that it isn't significantly cheaper than a 650i SLI solution though.

13-06-2007, 06:28:44

FarFarAway
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='BUFF'
it's the same 650i Ultra nVidia reference mobo as eVga (& no doubt others) also provide.

bit surprised that it isn't significantly cheaper than a 650i SLI solution though.
Ye I was slightly surprised at that too

Not a BAD mobo, just nothing special
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