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HELP NEEDED! Z87 ASUS Sabertooth 2-Way SLI GTX Titan

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August 8, 2013 9:04:53 PM

During the process of building my computer, I realized I needed to "start over" due to absolutely terrible cable management. I unplugged all of my power cables, and motherboard cables. As I went to pull out the GPU (Which was in the second PCIe slot, the PCIe slot end snapped off and now the PCIe slot doesn't work. As I do not want to pay to have this board repaired, I was wondering. Can I run my GTX Titans in SLI in slots 1 & 3? Will that result in performance decrease? Is the SLI bridge long enough? Some PLEASE help!
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August 8, 2013 9:11:48 PM

Third slot is PCI-E 2 and runs at 4, so think it might work, but slowly, not sure what bridge you have so would just have to try, doubt if you'sd be happy even if it does work, might be slower than a single card at x16
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August 8, 2013 9:39:45 PM

From what I have read Nvidia cards do not work at x4 although I have never tried it. And even if it does I am not sure it would give you the results you want. Although I can't really see much of a situation where SLI Titans would even be needed anyway.

That being said you have already spent a but load of money on two Titans so your best bet would be to have the motherboard repaired or get a new motherboard. Either would be cheaper than a 1/3 of the cost of one Titan so it seems like it would be worth it to get your SLI back up and running.
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August 9, 2013 7:20:48 AM

Tradesman1 said:
Third slot is PCI-E 2 and runs at 4, so think it might work, but slowly, not sure what bridge you have so would just have to try, doubt if you'sd be happy even if it does work, might be slower than a single card at x16


I was reading the manual and noticed that all three of the slots on the Sabertooth are PCIe 3.0 x16. Could I have read wrong? If I didn't, and I am correct, could I still do slots 1 & 3? Or would that cause some sort of problem with the SLI bridge.
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August 9, 2013 7:50:30 AM

Yes the third slot IS PCIe 3.0 x16, BUT when you use multiple GPUs, they kinda get shared.

Tradesman1 was right. If you used the 2nd card in 2nd slot, the total configuration would have run at x8/x8.
but if you use 2nd card in 3rd slot it runs at x16/x4. And YES there would be a drop in performance. You would not see the FULL potential of GTX Titan in 2-way SLI.
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August 9, 2013 2:31:11 PM

varun706 said:
Yes the third slot IS PCIe 3.0 x16, BUT when you use multiple GPUs, they kinda get shared.

Tradesman1 was right. If you used the 2nd card in 2nd slot, the total configuration would have run at x8/x8.
but if you use 2nd card in 3rd slot it runs at x16/x4. And YES there would be a drop in performance. You would not see the FULL potential of GTX Titan in 2-way SLI.


What do you recommend I do to get my motherboard repaired? Call ASUS? Send it back to Newegg? Buy ANOTHER one? Go to a local shop? (I don't know of any) I would like to get the cheapest option, but at the same time I don't want it to be done cheaply either.
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a c 1725 V Motherboard
August 9, 2013 3:04:53 PM

Asus is the best bet, the Egg won't do anything if you damaged it....check with Asus and see what they'll do and how long it will take, could call or email them
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September 13, 2013 4:22:24 AM

Tradesman1 said:
Asus is the best bet, the Egg won't do anything if you damaged it....check with Asus and see what they'll do and how long it will take, could call or email them



You are probably right. but Amazon replaced mine straight away, no questions asked.

P.S.
There are some GREAT new Mo-Bo`s out now.
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