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April 27, 2013 4:35:54 PM

Hello All,

I've had this computer build sitting here as I am waiting for the money for it. I have Two GTX 680 4GB GC Editions that I am going to run in SLI.

The Mobo I have is the ASUS SABERTOOTH z77 Thermal Armor which I just found out only does 2 way SLI. I was concerned because see myself not to far in the future upgrading to 3, maybe even 4 of those GTX 680s.

Would it be better to use this one for say I think 4 or 5 months minimum and then get a new one, or find a 3 or 4 way SLI board. Because my rig is already at $2300, and I don't plan to go more than $3000 total as with the 3 monitors it is currently $2900.
April 27, 2013 4:48:47 PM

Any thing more than a 2 way sli or crosssfire will cause alot of driver errors in lower tier games and you will need to wait days weeks even months for the driver support for new games,Even at that sometimes two can even cause problems.So in short it isn't worth upgrading your motherboard at all.
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April 27, 2013 5:27:29 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
My son has the WS which is $80 more than the Sabertooth.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It has 4 PCI-E slots
4 (x16/x16/0/0 or x16/x8/x8/0 or x8/x8/x8/x8)

The pick up you get for the 3rd card in SLI is no where near what ya get going from 1 to 2....going to 4 would be hard to justify

http://uk.hardware.info/reviews/2661/6/nvidia-geforce-g...



I see that with the higher resolution settings get better with more cards. I'm going to be running ArmA 2: OA with DayZ, and ArmA 3, with more games like that. And also BF3, Garrys Mod, and Counter Strike. I think with ArmA and GM it would definitely benefit with the GPUs right? I just find it unbelievable that the SLI cards are worse than single cards, there has to be something behind this.
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April 27, 2013 5:38:27 PM

I found this which at the last post goes so into detail with it. I'm not too into extremely winning or so, and I love scenery in games, I pay good attention to it. Also, I don't think my eyes can see something in about 5 to 10 ms difference, so that isnt much of a problem. Plus I come from a world of 5ms 60hz monitors on VGA and games averagely running from 20-30 frames, so those little tiny details will take me a while to adjust to.

With the drivers, it'll be fine. Worst comes to worst, I'll just unplug the SLI and/or run one card instead of two or three, not such a big deal.

With that said, would that Motherboard you said be the best fit? Also I noticed that the bottom PCIE inset is very close to the edge of the board, I'm assuming that a 2 slot GTX 680 won't fit in there right?
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April 27, 2013 6:18:32 PM

3xSLI on the Z77 Sabertooth:

http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=372962

I can't personally verify the information in this link, however it appears you CAN get 3xSLI working. Interesting points:
- HyperSLI
- Ivy Bridge required?

Other:
*If you use the small ASSISTANT fans, I strongly recommend you use the Thermal Radar software and setup a USER profile that allows you to STOP the fans.

I have my ASSISTANT FANS setup to only turn on at 45degC (basically never). They are annoying, whiny little fans otherwise. So basically they'll turn on if my case gets too hot for some reason. They're also setup to always turn on for 1 minute when I shut off my PC.
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April 27, 2013 6:25:17 PM

photonboy said:
3xSLI on the Z77 Sabertooth:

http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=372962

I can't personally verify the information in this link, however it appears you CAN get 3xSLI working. Interesting points:
- HyperSLI
- Ivy Bridge required?

Other:
*If you use the small ASSISTANT fans, I strongly recommend you use the Thermal Radar software and setup a USER profile that allows you to STOP the fans.

I have my ASSISTANT FANS setup to only turn on at 45degC (basically never). They are annoying, whiny little fans otherwise. So basically they'll turn on if my case gets too hot for some reason. They're also setup to always turn on for 1 minute when I shut off my PC.


Yeah, it's probably better just to hit up a 3 or 4 way PCIE 3.0 x16 board. And I'm going to be wearing Tritons for my speakers so the fans are no problem, I wouldn't mind them otherwise.
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April 27, 2013 7:46:06 PM

I found this:

ASRock Z77 Extreme9 LGA 1155

And I compared it to the EVGA Board for $10 more, and it has more SATA cables, a extra PCIE slot, and Intel K-Series unlocked CPU;
Hyper-Threading Technology support

Plus, I'll be saving $18 when it's combined with the i7-3770k :)  though now my rig is $2261, total $2951 and not over $3000 :) 
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April 27, 2013 9:36:38 PM

GOM3RPLY3R said:
photonboy said:
3xSLI on the Z77 Sabertooth:

http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=372962

I can't personally verify the information in this link, however it appears you CAN get 3xSLI working. Interesting points:
- HyperSLI
- Ivy Bridge required?

Other:
*If you use the small ASSISTANT fans, I strongly recommend you use the Thermal Radar software and setup a USER profile that allows you to STOP the fans.

I have my ASSISTANT FANS setup to only turn on at 45degC (basically never). They are annoying, whiny little fans otherwise. So basically they'll turn on if my case gets too hot for some reason. They're also setup to always turn on for 1 minute when I shut off my PC.


Yeah, it's probably better just to hit up a 3 or 4 way PCIE 3.0 x16 board. And I'm going to be wearing Tritons for my speakers so the fans are no problem, I wouldn't mind them otherwise.


GOM3RPLY3R said:
I found this:

ASRock Z77 Extreme9 LGA 1155

And I compared it to the EVGA Board for $10 more, and it has more SATA cables, a extra PCIE slot, and Intel K-Series unlocked CPU;
Hyper-Threading Technology support

Plus, I'll be saving $18 when it's combined with the i7-3770k :)  though now my rig is $2261, total $2951 and not over $3000 :) 


Hi,
I'm a little confused about something. Do you physically have the Z77 Sabertooth in a box, installed, or is it just on a parts list?
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April 27, 2013 9:55:52 PM

photonboy said:

Hi,
I'm a little confused about something. Do you physically have the Z77 Sabertooth in a box, installed, or is it just on a parts list?


Parts List.
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