XFX 780i SLI Motherboard
Close up - Board layout
The board - a close up
The XFX 780i SLI is a good looking board by motherboard standards. With a black PCB and some pretty funky colours the board will really stand out in a case with a window.
Looking at the board from a layout perspective the only small niggle I have spotted is the USB ports that sit right in the middle of the board. If you're buying this board for Tri-SLI then you will no doubt lose these ports which may or may not bother you.
Most other connectors are on the edge of the board as they should be which is great and shows some thought on layout has gone into the board.
The cooler on the XFX 780i SLI is an interesting number made for Nvidia by Coolermaster, one of the giants of the case and cooling industry. This has resulted in an interesting and fairly effective cooler that keeps the very very hot Nvidia chipset at a bit below boiling point (which is pretty low for an Nvidia chipset!).
One of the best features of this oddly shaped cooler is that the CPU area is very free of obstacles. I installed a large Noctua NH-U12P on the board and there seemed to be plenty of room for manoeuvre. Speaking of the CPU area, you can see where XFX and Nvidia have put the money as there are solid state caps all around the CPU area showing the boards quality in this here.
The PCI-E area is an important one on this board, being a Tri-SLI board. XFX have gone with a PCI-E 16x (2.0), PCI-E 1x, PCI-E 16x(1.0), PCI, PCI-E 16x(2.0), PCI configuration which gives you two full PCI-E 2.0 16x slots and one PCI-E 1.0 x16 slot. Normal SLI is achieved via the 1st and 3rd PCI-e 2.0 slots with the extra-long SLI connector included in the box.
As you can see, there's power and reset switches on the board itself, along with a POST LED readout which is fantastic. This is certainly what enthusiasts want to see on their boards and it's good to see this catered for.
One thing that is a slight let-down is that solid state capacitors aren't used throughout the board, which is a bit of a downer, but as the caps are still high quality Japanese capacitors, I'll let XFX off with that one.
Overall the layout and build quality of the board is pretty decent. The layout niggles are just that, niggles and the boards colour scheme is striking and easy to understand.
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