First-time poster here.
I am re-building my PC after getting some gifts and would appreciate last-minute validation (I have everything currently in my hands).
I will be running Vista Home Premium.
My additional and primary question though, is this:
Will the ASUS Striker Extreme MoBo support Tri-SLI (with the BFG 8800GTXOC2) , and where would I get the tri-SLI bridge required?
I have not found any mention in the ASUS boards nor on the BFG boards, nor on nVIDIA's boards, nor even here, in searching for Three-way SLI.... TriSLI?)
My build seems to have disappeared. Her it is AGAIN:
CASE Thermaltake Mozart TX VE1000SWA
CASE FANS Aerocool Extreme Turbines 120mmm blue LED *6
MoBo ASUS Striker Extreme
CPU Intel Q6700 Quad
CPU Cooler Thermaltake Blue-Orb-II
PSU Thermaltake Toughpower 1200W W0133
Memory 4GB Corsair TWIN2X4096-6400C5 G
Optical Dr Plextor PX-810SA
Video BFG8800GTX OC2 in SLI (but maybe tri-SLI?)
Monitor DELL 30" 3000WFP
HD WD Caviar 7200RPM 750GB *2 RAID-0
External HD MyBook 500GB*4
NVIDIA has also revealed a triple SLI setup for upcoming nForce 700 series and existing nForce 680i series motherboards. The setup can be achieved using three high-end video cards with two MIO ports (currently the 8800 GTX and 8800 Ultra) and a specialy wired connector . The technology is expected to be announced to accompany with the launch of the nForce 700 chip at later date, shortly after the launch of the GeForce 8800 GT video card.
It is however, compared with the third iteration of ATI CrossFire implementation, all video cards from high-end to lowest-end (the Radeon HD 2400 series, if enabled on PCB level ) video cards support dual CrossFire connectors, it is seemed that the cost for triple SLI (high-end video cards and motherboard) will be higher compared to an unannounced triple-card CrossFire setup.
I had read that article, but not ALL 680i SLI MoBo's have the room (IMHO) for three double-thickness GPU's.
This is what i wanted to validate regarding the ASUS striker extreme.
There is also an excellent review at the link posted below regarding the increased performance on the 30" monitors running games at 2560 x 1600:
Thank you, but when ASUS created that post / board, TRI-SLI was not even on the drawing board, as far as I know. Hence the query to experienced builders who might have already tried things out.
Will do, thanks again.
But for the rest of the computer, do you validate that this will be an acceptable gaming rig?
Should I go for raptor drives instead? I heard that the Caviars are far quieter and as fast performers in RAID0
Also, have any of you ever used the ANTEC Spot Cool fans recommended by Tom's?
On thing i notice in the NVIDIA release info was this.
"With 3-way SLI, gamers can harness the power of 384 stream processors, a 110+ gigatexel per second texture fill rate, and over two gigabytes of graphics memory for no-compromise gaming performance. "
Since when does having SLI give you double and triple the memory? i always thought this wasnt the case?