While the nForce 750i SLI FTW is EVGA’s value-oriented SLI motherboard, they’ve tried to stuff as many higher-end features into the board as they can. Obviously since this board doesn’t carry a $250+ price tag, EVGA can’t throw in some of the goodies found on some of their higher-end motherboards, but they have managed to integrate a couple of components found in their pricier nForce motherboards into the nForce 750i SLI FTW board.
The most notable example of this is found in the motherboard’s cooling. EVGA borrows the exact same heatsink/fan unit that was originally intended for the nForce 780i SLI, for their 750i SLI FTW board. The cooler consists of two large heatsinks which are used to cool the chipset’s North Bridge and VRM circuitry. A single heatpipe is added for increased effectiveness.
The heatsink sitting atop the North Bridge is slanted at an angle away from the CPU socket to provide additional room for the oversized CPU coolers that are becoming increasingly popular nowadays. We had no problems fitting Scythe’s Ninja cooler to the motherboard for instance, as well as Orb-shaped coolers from Zalman.
Like the nForce 780/790 chipsets, an auxiliary fan can be mounted atop the North Bridge heatsink on the FTW board. Officially the fan is considered optional and isn’t required for operation at stock clock speeds, but without the fan in place, the North Bridge can run pretty hot (especially when running SLI!), so unless you have a system fan nearby we recommend that you mount the chipset fan to the motherboard. Unfortunately the chipset fan runs loud, so you will want to tweak the fan settings in BIOS so the fan will adjust RPMs based on temperatures.
A third heatsink is used to cool the board’s South Bridge. This heatsink sports a low profile so it won’t interfere with longer graphics cards like the GeForce 8800 GTX/Ultra and 9800 GTX/GX2.
Another feature found on higher-end motherboards that EVGA has managed to integrate onto the nForce 750i SLI FTW is the onboard power/reset/and clear CMOS buttons mounted alongside the bottom of the motherboard. With these handy buttons in place, the end user doesn’t have to worry about hooking up the front panel connectors for the power and reset buttons to test the board out real quick. EVGA actually adds one feature here not found on their more expensive nForce 780i and 790i SLI motherboards: a small LED at the center of each button, making it even easier to find these buttons when the motherboard resides in your case. The reset LED glows yellow and even displays hard drive activity when the system is powered on!
EVGA then finishes the package off with a button to clear CMOS. The clear CMOS button provides quick and easy access to reset BIOS after an unsuccessful overclocking attempt. This button definitely beats the old-fashioned way to clear CMOS: shorting jumpers or removing the system battery with the power disconnected.
We also really appreciate the two-digit POST code display. This particular feature makes diagnosing problems during bootup a snap. If the system locks up or hangs during a particular stage of POST, simply look up the two-digit code in the EVGA manual. Say for instance the motherboard hangs during memory initialization. The mobo will display the appropriate two-digit code on the POST display, and as a result, you’ll know that either your memory is bad, or it isn’t installed properly.