Included Extras and System Setup

The extras included in this particular motherboard from EVGA are somewhat slim but cover all the bases for what you’ll need to get your system up and running.

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EVGA nForce 650i Ultra Motherboard Review - nForce on a Budget - Chipsets 51

Besides a well written manual (that is native in English!!) and driver CD, the EVGA 650i Ultra motherboard includes dongles for additional USB ports and a serial port.  There is a single floppy and IDE cable, four SATA cables and four SATA power adaptors should you need to populate all the SATA channels on the board. 

System Setup

You’ll notice that in our testing this time around we moved the platform from Windows XP to Windows Vista 64-bit — a move that caused a few problems but better indicates the direction the PC world is moving.  Because of the shift to a new OS, most of the benchmarks we had run in the past are useless and thus our comparison might appear to be a bit odd: the EVGA 650i Ultra motherboard is going up against he likes of AMD’s 690G chipset and the Intel 945G chipset. 

While those chipsets aren’t really competing for the same market of users, we wanted to give users SOMETHING to compare our 650i Ultra tests to and these were handy and staring me in the face.  You can expect the performance of the 680i chipsets to be nearly identical for the benchmarks though, as the only place performance might differ is in the overclocking realm. 

NVIDIA 650i Ultra Test System Setup

CPU

Intel Core 2 Duo E6700

Motherboards

EVGA nForce 650i Ultra Motherboard

Memory 

Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C4

Hard Drive

Western Digital Raptor 150 GB – Review

Sound Card

Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Value

Video Card

ATI X1950 XTX

Video Drivers

Cat 7.2

DirectX Version

DX10

Operating System

Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit

AMD 690 Chipset Test System Setup

CPU

AMD Athlon X2 5200+

Motherboards

Asus M2A-VM RS690 Motherboard
MSI K9AGM2 RS690 MotherboardReview

Memory 

Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C4

Hard Drive

Western Digital Raptor 150 GB – Review

Sound Card

Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Value

Video Card

NVIDIA 7600 GT
Integrated Video Where Indicated

Video Drivers

100.65

DirectX Version

DX 9.0c

Operating System

Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit

Intel G965 Test System Setup

CPU

Intel Core 2 Duo E6400

Motherboards

Asus P5B-VM G965 Motherboard

Memory 

Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C4

Hard Drive

Western Digital Raptor 150 GB – Review

Sound Card

Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Value

Video Card

NVIDIA 7600 GT
Integrated Video Where Indicated

Video Drivers

8.1.1.1010

DirectX Version

DX10

Operating System

Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit

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