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ASUS Z87 Pro - SLI, sound card and wi-fi questions

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April 2, 2014 2:27:09 AM

I've just ordered a pc rig for gaming (on three 120Hz monitors). It'll have two GTX 780 GPUs, an i7 4770K CPU with liquid cooling, and the aforementioned Asus Z87 Pro mobo, all in a massive Cooler Master box.

I've got some (stupid?) questions I probably should have worked out before ordering.

- At the pc shop where I ordered it, I didn't specify the GPUs are to be in SLI. Is it necessary to specify that? SLI is the only way to do it, isn't it?

- Both GPUs' outputs (hdmi, 2 dual link DVI, display port): they will stick out the back of the box once built, won't they?

- This mobo has an integrated sound card. I may, in the future, need an extra sound card (to use a Buttkicker transducer). The salesman told me it wouldn't be possible to add a sound card. Is the salesman right?

- This motherboard has integrated wi-fi to connect to the internet, yes? Can it connect wirelessly to a wireless keyboard and mouse?

- If I wanted to connect to the internet via ethernet cable, I'll just have to plug in the cable at the back. That right?

Your knowledge on these questions will be most appreciated.

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April 2, 2014 7:56:42 AM

Billy Pilgrim said:
I've just ordered a pc rig for gaming (on three 120Hz monitors). It'll have two GTX 780 GPUs, an i7 4770K CPU with liquid cooling, and the aforementioned Asus Z87 Pro mobo, all in a massive Cooler Master box.

I've got some (stupid?) questions I probably should have worked out before ordering.

- At the pc shop where I ordered it, I didn't specify the GPUs are to be in SLI. Is it necessary to specify that? SLI is the only way to do it, isn't it?

- Both GPUs' outputs (hdmi, 2 dual link DVI, display port): they will stick out the back of the box once built, won't they?

- This mobo has an integrated sound card. I may, in the future, need an extra sound card (to use a Buttkicker transducer). The salesman told me it wouldn't be possible to add a sound card. Is the salesman right?

- This motherboard has integrated wi-fi to connect to the internet, yes? Can it connect wirelessly to a wireless keyboard and mouse?

- If I wanted to connect to the internet via ethernet cable, I'll just have to plug in the cable at the back. That right?

Your knowledge on these questions will be most appreciated.


I'm not an expert but I'll try and help you out where I can:
1- Yes it will be in SLI configuration (only logical way to do it)
2- Yes both cards connections will be sticking out the back, in addition to your mobo own video connections (so you will have three separate DVI, HDMI, etc sticking out the back)
3- I'm pretty sure with a Z87 Asus Pro mobo you have 4 PCI slots (2 of which will be used by you GPU's) so you have 2 PCI slots left.... BUT the question is will you have the room to add a sound card in the remaing PCI slots, you mentioned you bought a full size cooler master case so I think you may have the room. But you will need to double check.
4- Yes the Asus Pro comes with both wifi and BT intergrated into the board.wifi for the internet and BT for your BT enabled keyboard and mouse
5-Yes you can use a wired Ethernet connection plugginh directly into the back of your mobo.
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April 3, 2014 12:58:57 AM

eastcoast593 said:
Billy Pilgrim said:
I've just ordered a pc rig for gaming (on three 120Hz monitors). It'll have two GTX 780 GPUs, an i7 4770K CPU with liquid cooling, and the aforementioned Asus Z87 Pro mobo, all in a massive Cooler Master box.

I've got some (stupid?) questions I probably should have worked out before ordering.

- At the pc shop where I ordered it, I didn't specify the GPUs are to be in SLI. Is it necessary to specify that? SLI is the only way to do it, isn't it?

- Both GPUs' outputs (hdmi, 2 dual link DVI, display port): they will stick out the back of the box once built, won't they?

- This mobo has an integrated sound card. I may, in the future, need an extra sound card (to use a Buttkicker transducer). The salesman told me it wouldn't be possible to add a sound card. Is the salesman right?

- This motherboard has integrated wi-fi to connect to the internet, yes? Can it connect wirelessly to a wireless keyboard and mouse?

- If I wanted to connect to the internet via ethernet cable, I'll just have to plug in the cable at the back. That right?

Your knowledge on these questions will be most appreciated.


I'm not an expert but I'll try and help you out where I can:
1- Yes it will be in SLI configuration (only logical way to do it)
2- Yes both cards connections will be sticking out the back, in addition to your mobo own video connections (so you will have three separate DVI, HDMI, etc sticking out the back)
3- I'm pretty sure with a Z87 Asus Pro mobo you have 4 PCI slots (2 of which will be used by you GPU's) so you have 2 PCI slots left.... BUT the question is will you have the room to add a sound card in the remaing PCI slots, you mentioned you bought a full size cooler master case so I think you may have the room. But you will need to double check.
4- Yes the Asus Pro comes with both wifi and BT intergrated into the board.wifi for the internet and BT for your BT enabled keyboard and mouse
5-Yes you can use a wired Ethernet connection plugginh directly into the back of your mobo.
Thanks a lot for your answers, eastcoast593
It's much appreciated!

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