XFX 650i Ultra Socket 775 Motherboard

Introduction, packaging, package and Specification


XFX are a brand well known throughout the computer enthusiast realm for making pretty awesome graphics cards based on nVidia's GPU's. With such a high reputation comes ambition and XFX are now stepping into the field of motherboards.

The obvious choice for XFX is to go with nVidia's chipset technology, and this is what they have done. Today we have the XFX nForce 650i Ultra Motherboard. Bearing in mind that the 650i Ultra is a non-SLI version of the 680LI board, with less features for a cheaper price can XFX make their contribution stand out in a crowded market? Let's see...


Branded with the familiar green and white packaging the board will stand out on the shelves to enthusiasts who know and trust XFX.

xfx 650i ultra packaging xfx 650i ultra packaging rear

Inside the packaging compartmentalises everything to keep the mainboard nice and safe and, there's a fair amount of padding in there too.

xfx 650i ultra packaging xfx 650i ultra inside packaging

There shouldn't be any trouble with those pesky couriers then!


Inside the box XFX provide you with:

* Quick-start Guide
* Driver CD
* 1 x Black Rounded Floppy cable
* 1 x Black Rounded Dual-IDE cable
* 2 x Black SATA cables
* Single Molex to Dual SATA power adapter cable
* Motherboard I/O backplate

xfx 650i ultra package

Not a bad looking bundle, although slightly basic. Nice to see XFX going to the little bit more care with rounded cables though. The one main gripe I have is that a full hard-copy of the manual is not included. I feel this is essential with any motherboard and is an omission likely to get XFX more returns without one.


The specs of the board are as follows:

* Chipset
NVIDIA nForce 650i Ultra MCP




Integrated Gigabit LAN

* Socket
Intel Socket 775

* PCI Slot

* SATA Speed

USB 2.0 ports (8)

* Front Side Bus
1333 MHz with supporting CPU

(1) PCI-E x16, (2) PCI-E x1

* JEDEC DDR2 Memory
800 MHz

* Chipset
NVIDIA nForce 650i Ultra MCP

* System Memory
240-pin DDR2 up to 8GB (4)

* Audio
8-Channel High Definition Audio

* Native Gigabit Ethernet Connections

* Supported CPUs
Core 2 Extreme (dual and quad core), Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, Celeron D, Pentium 4, Pentium 4, Pentium D 9XX, Pentium D 8XX

* SATA/PATA Drives

* Highlighted Features
NVIDIA LinkBoost Technology , nTune Utility , Windows Vista Ready , NVIDIA MediaShield Storage Technology , TCP/IP Acceleration , NVIDIA FirstPacket Technology

* High Definition Audio (HDA)
8 Channel

* NVIDIA MediaShield™ Storage

The 650i Ultra is a stripped down version of the 680LT but there's still quite a few highlights, like the onboard 8 channel High-Def audio, 1333 FSB support, Gigabit LAN and a few others.

Let's take a focus on the board itself...
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Most Recent Comments

05-06-2007, 16:23:15

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?



05-06-2007, 16:40:11

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

05-06-2007, 16:45:12

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

05-06-2007, 17:17:59

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

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 daysQuote

05-06-2007, 18:39:06

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.Quote

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