Unfortunately, there wasn't much that was groundbreaking in the new nForce 780i. It was more like a 680i in disguise. There were indeed more PCI Express lanes and 2.0 support, along with 3-way SLI and even support for 45nm processors. But these were hardly any changes in the North and Southbridge and new additions like the PCI Express 2.0 was actually enabled through a third chip, the nForce 200.
As we concluded at the end of our review, "the nForce 780i SLI is really a band-aid solution by NVIDIA to update their current offering with a product that can support PCIe 2.0 and their 3-Way SLI configuration before the nForce 790i SLI."
The wait however was quite worthwhile and "NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI truly lives up to the hype." For those who needed SLI and wanted to get Intel's latest, the only answer would be NVIDIA and the 790i series looks to be just what the enthusiasts ordered.
With a significant improvement over the competition, this new mainstream chipset looked set to stay for a while, especially as it is expected to be Intel's last LGA 775 chipset before the company moves to its next generation micro-architecture. Consumers however may not upgrade that soon. Additionally, some of ASUS' new features like Memory OC Charger and the older but still golden ExpressGate were around to make it quite the modern motherboard.
The exciting new Intel X58 is a fitting finale to our ten year coverage and there will no doubt be more changes in this field. We too will continue to keep you up to date on the latest developments.