XFX 650i Ultra Socket 775 Motherboard
Published: 5th June 2007 | Source: XFX | Price: |Conclusion
The XFX 650i Ultra motherboard is a lower-end nVidia-based board that does pretty well for the money you pay for it.
I was a little disappointed with the stability testing, but hopefully XFX will sort this out with another BIOS update, as they did with the slight hitch I met with the overclocking BIOS. Apart from our over-the-top stability test I wouldn't imagine a normal user finding a problem with stability as I have run the board 24/7 folding@home for the last two weeks, no problems.
The features are a little basic on the board but they do what you need of a motherboard with 4 SATA ports, a selection of PCI and PCI-e x 1 ports and space for one graphics card. Perhaps the worse thing to put off enthusiasts is the green PCB, although this is individual preference.
For £75ish you get a decent board with some good features from a trusted manufacturer, pretty good in my book.
Overclocking-wise the XFX 650i Ultra does pretty well. Although it did not attain a very high FSB, 3700MHz Max OC with the voltage adjustments as limited as they are is pretty nice.
Which brings me onto the biggest bug-bear of the board - voltage adjustments. I think XFX need to take a look at their BIOS options and add some more voltage, especially to the DDR2 options. 2.1v is fine for lower-spec RAM but any of the PC8500 would need something more juicy and this board does not provide it.
Having said all that, the price is right and the features are pretty nice, the XFX 650i Ultra gets a "Value for Money Award".
+ Great price
+ Decent overclocking
+ Good performance
+ Not a bad layout
- Ugly green PCB
- Very basic cooling
- Picky when overclocking at high FSB
- Very low voltage adjustment (especially memory)
Thanks to XFX for providing the review sample
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