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SLI and DDR3? none as yet... :(

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August 9, 2007 6:44:59 AM

I've had a look around, the entire internet, and I can't find a motherboard out there that supports both nVidea's SLI and DDR3 ram, which is a seroius deterant for me, since I want a board I can use SLI with, and have my ram and cpu running at the same fsb speed. With the new intel core 2 duo's and quad's running at 1066mhz and 1333mhz, to get a 1:1 ratio without overclocking, DDR3 ram is a must for optimal performance.

I'm just sad there isn't a board out atm that has both SLI and DDR3 :(  I thought this post might start up other's who are similarly sad about this. Or if you think SLi is a waste, then thats fine, to each his own, but I like it, but also want to buy a top end processor such as the Q6600 or E6850 which are relatively cheap and spend the rest of the budjet on SLI cards from what I've saved in the processor cost.

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a c 135 V Motherboard
August 9, 2007 7:31:00 AM

SLI is a waste if u play on resolutions LOWER than 1920x1200 ,
August 9, 2007 7:50:16 AM

A 1:1 ratio on a 1066mhz fsb processor would be DDR2 533,DDR2 667 for 1333mhz processors.
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August 9, 2007 8:06:47 AM

Maziar said:
SLI is a waste if u play on resolutions LOWER than 1920x1200 ,



Of coarse its not. With everything maxed out there are plenty of cards that cant handle stuff at like 1600x1050.

8x aa 16x af max settings, a single card would do that yes but not all tht well, going SLI though would keep those frames high.

I prefer playing at lower resolution but with extremly high AA quality because its just so much betyter for performance.
a c 135 V Motherboard
August 9, 2007 8:21:27 AM

Name a game that single 8800GTX cant handle on high on resolution up to 1600x1200 , of course a 8800GTS 320 may not handle everything maxed out on 1680x1050 , but if u SLI it , it will cost like a 8800GTX or even more , and a 8800GTX can play everyhing maxed out ,
August 9, 2007 8:27:37 AM

Maziar said:
SLI is a waste if u play on resolutions LOWER than 1920x1200 ,


I have a 1920x1200 monitor :p 

Dell 24" LCD.
August 9, 2007 8:29:42 AM

seeing as no one HAS yet actually ANSWERED your post.

There are no Nvidia motherboards currently out that support DDR3, the new chipset 7xx will of course will support PCI-E 2.0 and DDR3 as well as FSB 1333.

The only sets out now are Intel ones that dont support SLI but unoffically support crossfire, i believe there is one ASUS or someone like that who has 8x/8x line pathway which is more "official" support for CS but thats about it.

and when he says 1:1 he is correct a 1:1 ratio is 1066/1333 to the same FSB, being 533mhz to 1066 or 667 to 1333mhz, thats sync( half of what the FSB is)
a c 135 V Motherboard
August 9, 2007 8:36:25 AM

so 1920x1200 , well if u cant have DDR2 with SLI , then u have to wait for DDR3 and SLI , (X38)
August 9, 2007 8:40:43 AM

Xazax310 said:
seeing as no one HAS yet actually ANSWERED your post.

There are no Nvidia motherboards currently out that support DDR3, the new chipset 7xx will of course will support PCI-E 2.0 and DDR3 as well as FSB 1333.

The only sets out now are Intel ones that dont support SLI but unoffically support crossfire, i believe there is one ASUS or someone like that who has 8x/8x line pathway which is more "official" support for CS but thats about it.

and when he says 1:1 he is correct a 1:1 ratio is 1066/1333 to the same FSB, being 533mhz to 1066 or 667 to 1333mhz, thats sync( half of what the FSB is)


thanks Xazax310! Glad someone was paying attention and knows what they're talking about ;) 

My choice now is wait for the next Nvidia mobo to come out, the 7xx series
OR
just buy an ASUS striker/striker extreme/P3N32-E SLI (asus's three sli 680i chipset boards) with a E6850 or Q6600 and then upgrade the mobo and the ram later. I plan on getting 2x8800GTS OC edition (575mhz instead of 500mhz) with 640mb ram.


So I suppose it depends on how long I want to wait? When will the Nvidia 7xx boards be out? So far I haven't been able to find that out.


Current setup is definatly ready for the upgrade(/bin):
3.2ghz P4 w/ HT, 1gig 400mhz ram, GeForce6600GT :$ unfortunatly my mobo is AGP not pci, otherwise for now I would jsut buy an 8800GTS. I really do need a new pc, and I hate ATi, every time I've had one of their cards its died on me. And I'm not interested in AMD either.
a c 135 V Motherboard
August 9, 2007 8:50:23 AM

even if your mobo supported PCI-E , it wasnt good to put a 8800GTS with a P4 3.2 ,

well if u get 680i now , u can have DDR2 support and also 45nm cpu support ,but no DDR3 support :
http://event.asus.com/mb/45nm/
August 9, 2007 8:55:55 AM

Maziar said:
even if your mobo supported PCI-E , it wasnt good to put a 8800GTS with a P4 3.2 ,

well if u get 680i now , u can have DDR2 support and also 45nm cpu support ,but no DDR3 support :
http://event.asus.com/mb/45nm/



yeah, I'm aware of all that.

The only issue is that there is no chance for upgrading. If I wanted to optimise the ram with the mobo, which is part of the my original dilema, I'd need ddr3, which would require replacing the mobo once the 7xx series is out.

So hopefully SLi + DDR3 with intel isn't too far off :( 
August 9, 2007 9:31:30 AM

yeah, I read that article earlier today when I was looking for information. But from that it doesn't meantion any intel supported boards, just AMD :( 
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