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EVGA 790i SLI FTW Review

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ATX form factor of 12 inches x 9.6 inches

Microprocessor support

Intel Core 2 Extreme, Intel Core 2 Quad, Intel Core 2 Duo, Pentium EE, Pentium D, Pentium

Operating systems:

Supports Windows XP 32bit/64bit and Windows Vista 32bit/64bit

Contains NVIDIA nForce 790i SLI MCP and SPP
System Memory support

Supports dual channel JEDEC DDR3-1600MHz and SLI-Ready memory up to 2000 MHz. Supports up to 8 GBs of DDR3 memory.

Ten USB 2.0 Ports

ØSupports hot plug


Ø Ten USB 2.0 ports (six rear panel ports, two 10-pin onboard USB headers)


Ø Supports wake-up from S1 and S3 mode


Ø Supports USB 2.0 protocol up to 480 Mbps transmission rate

Onboard Serial ATA II
Ø 300MBps data transfer rate

Ø Six Serial ATA II connectors from south bridge with support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, RAID 5, and JBOD


Ø Four Serial ATA II connectors from JMicron’s JMB362 (one rear panel port for eSATA, three onboard)


Ø Supports hot plug and NCQ (Native Command Queuing )

Onboard LAN

Ø Dual LAN interface built-in onboard


Ø Supports 10/100/1000 Mbit/sec Ethernet

Onboard 1394
Ø Supports hot plug

Ø Two 1394a ports (one rear panel port, one onboard header) with rate of transmission at 400 Mbps

Onboard Audio
Ø Azalia High-Definition audio
Ø Supports 8-channel audio
Ø Supports S/PDIF output
Ø Supports Jack-Sensing function
Triple PCI Express x16 Support
Ø 2 x16 PCI Express 2.0
Ø 1 x16 PCI Express 1.0

Ø Supports 4 GB/sec (8 GB/sec concurrent) bandwidth


Ø Low power consumption and power management features

Green Function

Ø Supports ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface)


Ø Supports S0 (normal), S1 (power on suspend), S3 (suspend to RAM), S4 (Suspend to disk - depends on OS), and S5 (soft - off)

Expansion Slots
Ø Two PCI slots
Ø Two PCI Express x1 slot

Ø Three PCI Express x16 Graphics slots




  • NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology: Dramatically scales performance by allowing two graphics cards to be run in parallel. Only available on select PCI-Express models.
  • USB 2.0 Support: A standard plug and play interface providing easy to use connectivity for USB devices. Designed to support the new PCI Express 2.0 bus architecture, offering a future-proofing bridge to tomorrow’s most bandwidth-hungry games and 3D applications by maximizing 5 GT/s of bandwidth (twice that of first generation PCI Express). PCI Express 2.0 motherboards are fully backwards compatible with existing PCI Express products for broad support of PC peripherals.
  • Nvidia Native Gigabit Etherrnet: The industry’s fastest Gigabit Ethernet performance, eliminates network bottlenecks and improves overall system efficiency and performance.
  • Third PCI-Express Expansion Slot: Provides future support for 3 GPU applications
  • NVIDIA StreamThru Data Transport System
  • Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
  • NVIDIA nTune Performance Application
  • NVIDIA Firewall Technology
  • NVIDIA nForce Networking
  • NVIDIA ForceWare Unified Software Environment (USE)
  • Standard Serial ATA
  • Extreme DDR3 Speeds with SLI-Ready Memory, including EPP2.0:  DDR3 is a new PC technology that enables high memory speeds on desktop PCs. NVIDIA® nForce® 790i SLI® MCPs are the fastest DDR3 platform delivering extreme speed and increasing overall system performance. Including SLI-Ready Memory with EPP 2.0 for easy, one-click, hassle-free optimized memory performance.
  • Overclocked FSB Speeds: Through overclocking, nForce 790i SLI MCPs can deliver FSB speeds well beyond specification. The front side bus (FSB) is specified to run at 1600MHz to support existing and future FSB speeds.
  • Support for ESA:  ESA provides real-time and complete PC performance management. Tested by a comprehensive certification program for system compatibility and reliability, ESA-certified components and applications bring you unprecedented control to manage and tune thermal, electrical, acoustic and operating characteristics to maximize your PC’s performance.
  • NVIDIA MediaShield Storage:  NVIDIA® MediaShield™ Storage is a suite of features that safeguards your most important digital media assets; always reliable, scalable, and accessible. Includes support for RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5 configurations and up to six SATA 3Gb/s drives.
  • NVIDIA FirstPacket technology: Be the ‘King of Ping’ with NVIDIA® FirstPacket™ technology. Get the crystal-clear phone conversations and online gaming performance you expect. FirstPacket technology assures your game data, VoIP conversations, and large file transfers are delivered according to preferences set by you in an intuitive wizard.
  • High Definition Audio (HDA): High definition audio brings consumer electronics quality sound to the PC delivering high quality sound from multiple channels. Using HDA, systems can deliver 192 kHz/32-bit quality for eight channels, supporting new audio formats.


The information onthis page was compiled from information at both EVGA and Nvidia's websites.

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