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EVGA 132-CK-NF79-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

  • NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI
  • Core 2 Quad / Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Duo
  • DDR3 2000(OC)/1800(OC)/1333
  • Support for up to 2000 MHz SLI-Ready Memory with EPP
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Jeremy H.
  • 4/17/2013 8:45:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOne of the best ever

Pros: I owned this board for five years. In that time, never once did it have any kind of problem. This board survived dirty power, a failing power supply, keys being turned in its USB slots, being dropped, kicked, and climbed on by all manner of household creature (children, cats, etc).

In fact, it still lives!

Cons: None. None at all. Best board I've ever bought. I hope my new Sabertooth z77 can compare in the long run.

Other Thoughts: I just upgraded from this board, and it's old, so this is a bit of a post mortem. A buddy inherited this from me, and I came back here to dig up its manual for him.

EVGA and ASUS both have impressed me again and again over the years. My loyalty doesn't come easily. If it's a mainboard and it doesn't come from one of these two, then I'm not buying.

I hope ASUS can get back in the game now that EVGA has the spotlight. Dance! Dance! Compete! ...now kiss.

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  • Carlos A.
  • 4/27/2009 9:57:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNot bad at all

Pros: There is absolutely nothing wrong with this board. It worked flawlessly right of the box.
Overclocked nicely and offered several options.
Keep the BIOS at P07 and you should be all right.

Cons: Vdroop control. It needs to set the Idle voltage a little higher to compensate when the cores kick in. Not a big deal, but something to keep in mind.

Other Thoughts: I would buy another EVGA motherboard without thinking too much. By the way, the forums at their site are **very** helpful, the folks that frequent the forum are the nicest and most knowledgeable, they are happy and always willing to help.

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  • Forrest H.
  • 4/27/2009 8:51:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs8 month owner ship review

Pros: DDR3
Well built
Good layout
Powerful

Cons: You need to manually set a lot of the BIOS.
Memory timings are commonly a pain for people.

Other Thoughts: This board is not a board for someone who is setting up their first computer. You need to know how to set a lot of settings to get it to work at it's peak.
That said. If you know what to do you can make it sing and dance.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/27/2009 3:53:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAnother DoA Mobo...

Pros: Heard and read great reviews the specs are great

Cons: The board has been nothing but trouble i installed it and during boot got a RAM error and the system shut down, moved the RAM from DIMM slots 0 and 2 to 1 and 3 and got past that error during OS installation the system shutdown again, I have been reading that there has been many DoA mobo's' of this model being shipped and hope it is fixed soon to save others from the nightmare of having a brand new mobo not work.

Other Thoughts: This is a great board (going by the specs) when it isn't DoA.

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  • earl c.
  • 4/26/2009 12:43:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFrom EVGA support

Pros: Per the information outlined in the manual, the 790i ultra chipset only supports a two stick configuration above 1333mhz. If you plan to populate all the DIMMs you'll have to conform the settings to JDEC specifications of 1066-1333mhz. The boards 8GB total of ram.

Cons: This is by NVidia design and affects all 790 ultra. The grey slots 1066-1333 ddr3 dual channel. Black slots are for the fastest ram but only 4gb (2gb X 2)

Other Thoughts: I chose the fast OC path and have no regrets using the black slots. I just wanted to help others thta want 8gb to know they are limited to 1333 mhz. I am using Patriot 2K and they work great as I posted earlier.

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  • James M.
  • 4/23/2009 9:35:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThird times a charm

Pros: Board works great when you get a good one, but I happy with the results. I have yet to O.C. the board yet. So far so good.

Cons: It took three boards to finally be able to test the rest of my build. I gave a bad review earlier that didn't get posted, because of the 2 board failures, one doa and the other would not get past a C1 (Memory )error.

Other Thoughts: These are all the same components use on the first pair of board failures which all worked on the third board.
Be patient if something goes wrong, it was worth it.

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB
MSI N260GTX-T2D896-OCv2 GeForce GTX 260
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX
OCZ NVIDIA SLI-Ready Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1800
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 2.5GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core

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  • Daniel M.
  • 4/18/2009 5:47:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsHas Some Issues

Pros: Lots of options and ports. Board layout is pretty good except for the 8 pin cpu port (see cons.) Good support and RMA is a fairly quick turnaround.

Cons: The 8 pin CPU port is hard to reach and just in an overall bad spot imo. My cpu cooler has to be installed first before i install the motherboard in the case. With the 8 pin cpu port where it is, it makes for a difficult installation of that cable. Other than that the layout is very nice.

Others are experiencing stability issues but i think this is due to overclocking and not so much the board itself.

I had to RMA mine already after only 6 months of use because the ethernet ports decided to quick working. I've never had a motherboard fail on me except when my power supply blew up and was the reason this board was purchased.

Other Thoughts: I can't comment on overclocking or SLI since i don't do it but it seems those are the main reasons some are having issues with this board. This is definitely an enthusiasts or gamers board.

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  • Derwin W.
  • 4/17/2009 6:14:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Motherboard

Pros: Terrific LGA775 Motherboard for overclocking. BIOS is clear and simple to use. Nice POST Code System to let you know if something need to be corrected. 3 PCI-Express 2.0 for Tri-SLI.

Cons: This motherboard is not ATI/Crossfire Compatibility.

Other Thoughts: I have Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 2.66GHz overclocked to 3.67GHz, Zalman 9700 NT for CPU Cooling, Corsair 4x2GB DDR3 XMS3 DHX 1333MHz Memory RAM (9x9x9x24), 2 BFG Tech GTX 285 1GB OCX, Western Digital 640GB Black 32mb Cache HDD, Corsair HX1000W Power Supply Unit, and Thermaltake Armor+ VH6000BWS

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  • Joe c.
  • 4/16/2009 10:24:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsSmooth as a babys bottom

Pros: I went from a 780i to 790i man what a deff!, this board is awsome. yanking the 780 out and putting the 790 in took longer than it did setting it up, once i got everything plugged in it booted up the first try, mem config was a snap no diff than the 780 .As per suggestion from some of the folks here I opted to use the Patriot Viper 2000mhz (in the black slots) it rocks to no end.I love this board. I like that they moved the USB plugs over by the SATA plugs so you dont have to worry about the GC smashing them down if your using Sli or Tri Sli like they did on the 780i.

Cons: NUN

Other Thoughts: cooler master Haf
2 WD rapts 150g's each Raid 0
500gig SG
4g's patr Vpr 200mhz
Intel quad xeon 2.6
Evga Tri-Sli GTX 260 SC

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  • earl c.
  • 4/14/2009 8:45:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsresponse to unstable board

Pros: In response to unstable board your GX2 is probably hot as a firecracker and locking up the board. I had 2 identical cards and sent one of them back for RMA. My problem immediately went away. 2nd if you esd the ram then goodbye charlie. groundstrap comes to mind. 3rd put the 1600 ram in the black slots and leave the other 2 empty if you want the full speed of this ram. You cannot exceed specs on 2 pair of ram on any board. Any ram maker will tell you that. P08 is the last bios flash but I did as a practice not because of lockups. I am using a 9650, 9800GX2, WD500AAKS, Corsair 850, Antec 1200 case, Patriot 2000 DDR3 4gb.

Cons: Most complaints on this board are from lack of training and experience. Not a board for the timid but well worth it for those that can exploit it.

Other Thoughts: You can't expect to overclock with warp speed on 1600 ram with dual channel. You get what you pay for. The 2000 Patriot kit maxes out this board and is well worth the cost. Any problems went away the moent I took this out of my sons hands and into my case. He settled for a ddr 800 board and is using a gtx 285 since the GX2 overheats his case. I have this board with GX2 in an Antec 1200. It took 12-15 degrees celcius off the temp and idles at 48 celcius. A good investment for dual gpus video card installs and 3 way sli to get rid of heat. Any board hates the heat plan ahead.

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