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680i VS 780i... only PCi-e 2.0 difference?

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April 3, 2008 7:06:19 PM

Im bout to build a my new pc after bout 2monthes of looking for almost every pieces and im still unsure if i sould be gettin 680i or 780i... is it me of the only difference is that 780i got some pci-e 2.0 ports? (which are pretty much useless for now right???)
im gettin E8400 and wanna SLI 2 gf9900 prolly
all that with 4x2gb ddr2 800 and prolly a soundcard (x-fi xtremgamer)
so what would be the benefit for me to take 780i instead of 680i??? 780i is still about 250$ which is pretty expensive for a motherboard!
ima use that comp for gaming mostly, online FPS, and also as a home theater (along with my samsung 226bw and logitech Z-5500 ;) 
Tx a lot in advance for your opinions/expertise
April 3, 2008 7:33:37 PM

The 780i is what the 680i should have been at launch. Many problems with the 680i have been fixed through BIOS updates and board revisions but there still are issues which will never go away.

PCI-E 2.0, 3 16x PCI-E slots and 45nm Quad support are the major differences but there are a bunch of changes which improve stability and overclocking.

I have been looking forward to the Evga 780i SLI FTW but I'm starting to get the feeling it will never be available.
http://www.evga.com/about/pressrelease/default.asp?id=4...

This is arguably the best 680i board available but I as well as most other's would suggest a 780i
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...
April 3, 2008 7:48:48 PM

ok so there is more than just 2.0... there are a few fixed bugs and are you telling me that the 680i doesnt support 45nm (i.e my E8400)? or maybe it need a bios flash?
tx for your answer AUsch
April 3, 2008 9:06:04 PM

The only 45nm support I've seen so far is the E8400, the other Dual cores might be supported but none of the Quads will and if you think you might want to upgrade to a Quad in the future you won't be able to with the 680i.
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