780i SLI Sneak Peek - 3-Way SLI and Chipsets

Article Index
780i SLI Sneak Peek
3-Way SLI and Chipsets
Tour the 780i SLI Motherboard
780i SLI BIOS and Final Thoughts

PCIe 16x Slots:

Every full length 16x looking slot on this board is in fact a 16x slot.  There are three of them that are spaced 1 slot apart.  As this board only supports triple SLI with 8800 GTX and 8800 Ultra cards, they will not be much room between the cards and you can write off every other slot on this board if you're planning on pulling some 3-way SLI action.

3way - SLI Slots
3way - SLI Slots

 

nVidia makes no mistake about labeling these slots and has a x16 beside each slot.

3 - PCIe 16x
3 - PCIe 16x



This next image shows the layout of the chipsets as well as their spacing and location.  It also gives you a good idea of the real-estate that is taken up by the 16x PCIe slots.

Slots And Chips
Slots And Chips

 

In the pictures below, you can see all three of the different chipsets that pull together and make this a 3-way 16x SLI PCIe 2.0 motherboard.

780i-SLI-N-A2
780i-SLI-N-A2

 

 570-SLI-N-A3
570-SLI-N-A3

 

 NF200-SLI-A2
NF200-SLI-A2

 

Unless you've got one of these bad boys, you can forget all about triple SLI on either the 680i, 780i or other future motherboards at this time.

 SLI Bridge
SLI Bridge - Front
 SLI Bridge - Back
SLI Bridge - Back

 

On the next page, we'll continue a look around the board before we jump into the BIOS to see what's new.