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December 9, 2013 12:04:42 PM

I bought this motherboard since it was on sale for $60. But later after researching, I realized that it has PCI 2.0 and only one 16x pci port. Is this mobo good? I will be using fx 8320 along with radeon r9 270. And in the future (3-4yrs) I might run crossfire. So would this mobo do the job for me?
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a b V Motherboard
December 9, 2013 12:14:28 PM

it does not crossfire very good. Its like my M5a97 r2.0 in that it has 2 PCIe x16 slots, but one at x16 and the other at x4, meaning the other card gets less bandwith or something, its just not optimized with crossfire in mind. A board that has 2 pcie at x16 and x16 is ideal, or at least one at x16 and the other at x8 will be a big improvement. With that said, what monitor and resoltion do you game at, and what kind of games.
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December 9, 2013 12:21:01 PM

Beezy said:
it does not crossfire very good. Its like my M5a97 r2.0 in that it has 2 PCIe x16 slots, but one at x16 and the other at x4, meaning the other card gets less bandwith or something, its just not optimized with crossfire in mind. A board that has 2 pcie at x16 and x16 is ideal, or at least one at x16 and the other at x8 will be a big improvement. With that said, what monitor and resoltion do you game at, and what kind of games.


Play latest games at high setting on 1080p. Could you please recommend any good motherboard so that i can return this and get that. i will be building my pc after my finalss so i have like weeks left
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a b V Motherboard
December 9, 2013 12:28:56 PM

any board with pcie 3.0 likely has the updates needed for proper crossfiring too.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
this board DOES NOT have pcie 3.0 and is probably on the cheaper end of what you are looking for, and thats the bottom line. it has a good chipset, and 2 pci x16 lanes so if you do decide to run a second r9 270 it will be good and could handle it. The gains from pci 3.0 over 2.0 arent really noticeable yet...techpowerup shows gains of maybe 1% but this could change in 5 years time. its hard to future proof past 2 or 3 years these days
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a b V Motherboard
December 9, 2013 12:36:06 PM

also just understand how it works and it will help you on your search. PCIe 2.0 does 500 Mb/s and PCIe 3.0 has double, at 1GB/s. So PCIe 2.0 x16 is in theory the SAME as PCIe 3.0 x8, if you actually do the math and multiply it out. So now you can know what to look for and what makes the most sense.
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December 9, 2013 12:36:12 PM

Beezy said:
any board with pcie 3.0 likely has the updates needed for proper crossfiring too.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
this board DOES NOT have pcie 3.0 and is probably on the cheaper end of what you are looking for, and thats the bottom line. it has a good chipset, and 2 pci x16 lanes so if you do decide to run a second r9 270 it will be good and could handle it. The gains from pci 3.0 over 2.0 arent really noticeable yet...techpowerup shows gains of maybe 1% but this could change in 5 years time. its hard to future proof past 2 or 3 years these days


By that time i might just replace the motherboard? or would that be a hassle??
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a b V Motherboard
December 9, 2013 12:42:22 PM

honestly with your setup, i think you will be fine for another 3 years, its very similar to mine, and i game on my 32" VIZIO at 1366x768. I play at high and ultra on everything right now, but im willing to patch if i can to make the game run better, and at medium settings too. but i dont feel i will have to do that any time soon at all, those are my greatest lengths i go before i feel the need to upgrade again. i feel confident in at least 3 more years :]

Fx 6300
m5a97 r.20
8gb ram gskill
620 antec gamer psu
asus hd 7870 dc2
ssd +tb drive
coolermaster evo 212
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