Joined on 12/08/04
Pros: Booted right up out of the box, benchtested w/a stock Intel cooler. Board ran a e6750 2.66 easily at 3600mhz, also all the CPU multipliers (6-7-8) ran perfectly. Had 470fsb at 6 multiplier no problems. The board is well made, accessories are excellent and it comes w/a Creative X-Fi card. Has an external Cmos button and reset and power switches on the board..sweet.
Cons: None that I can thing of, only had the board for 3 days. oh yeah..wish I could give it a 6..:)
Overall Review: If you're going to watercool..you'll need a Northbridge cooler (Koolance GPU200) a Southbridge cooler (Enzoech heatsink/fan combo fits perfect), a Pci-e chip cooler (any low profile heatsink (Enzo fits if you mod by removing 2 legs and redrilling holes) and a mosfet cooler (Thermalright HR09 fits perfect after flipping holdown retainers over to reposition spring pins)
My 780i DOA
Pros: Looked pretty..was shiney..just didnt boot..codes F6 and 19 after all tech support suggestions were tried. Memory controller or bios issue?
Cons: I had already registered this board with eVGA for instant RMA just in case..as it turned out..I got a full refund from Newegg (they're the best!) and had them send me the MSI P7N Diamond instead.
Overall Review: While waiting for RMA..I visited the eVGA forums..lots of problems with DOA boards. Also..the board I received had a serical number tag OVER the original factory tag. Made me wonder if eVGA isnt re-certifying or remanufacturing boards that didnt make it past QC..??
OCZ for Life
Pros: Best TIM material I have used to date. Using it on CPU, Northbridge, Southbridge and GPUs. How good is it? I set world records in Futuremark 3DMark03/05 and 06 for the 8600GTS cards in SLI..all using OCZ freeZe.
Cons: Wish I had discovered this product years ago..?
Overall Review: Managed to get my e8500 to 4700+mhz, max CPU temps loaded, 56-60C. Graphics cards fully loaded, 58 & 62c. Great product, dont hesitate to try it.
Pros: Super overclocker. Running e6750 2.66@3500 stable, have o/clocked to 3800 w/watercooling. Runs everything. Hardware Raid
Cons: Udate to bios 1.2 or 1.3 to run 1333 mhz CPUs. Live update bios will crash if you dont disable bios virus protection.
Overall Review: Hardware raid simple..set a jumper, load Windows...done. No drivers needed.
Pros: Real hardware RAID with the onboard Silicon chip. Four PCI-e slots if you need them Great bios (compared to others) Plenty of Sata connectors (8)
Cons: N/Bridge fan noisy..I removed the heat pipe assy (I use a Swiftech Compact H20 watercooling system and installed a Swiftech N/B cooler on the North and South bridges (quiet) Doesnt want to see all my OCZ Platinum DDR2 PC6400 unless memory speed set to 667 in Bios. 2 sticks is fine all the time.
Overall Review: Running P4 3800@ 4400 stable. Raid 0 w/two WD 160gb RE drives. 2 7600GT's SLI'd. Rock solid. Read the owner's manual..visit the MSI forums and enjoy the board.
Pros: Have owned Abit/Asus/Etc..this is the best motherboard/system I have built. Overclocks like a dream..3.0 630 does 3.8Ghz w/XMS PC1000 memory. 2 6800's in SLI and got 7920 3DMark05 and 19200 3DMark03. Absolutely stable at 3800mhz w/water cooling.
Cons: Had problems setting up Nvidia raid due to my own stupidity..have to burn the Raid drivers to a floppy/CD/or USB from the MSI C19 master disc. Once I figured it out..loaded up a fresh install of XP w/no problems.
Overall Review: Cant go wrong with this board.