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Help! Bought Asus P6t6 WS vs P6t Deluxe - does a WS motherboard work?

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December 23, 2008 11:13:31 PM

Not sure how I screwed this up, but building a new gaming rig and ordered a work station motherboard.

Here is what I ordered from the egg:

1 Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit English 1pk DSP OEI DVD for System Builders - OEM $179.99

2 SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S223Q - OEM $57.98 ($28.99 ea)

1 Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail

1 CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $149.99

1 ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $369.99

1 ASUS EAH4870X2/HTDI/2G/A Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $519.99

1 Nippon Labs ICR-BB All-in-one USB +eSATA Card Reader - Retail $19.99

2 Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3750640AS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $149.98
($74.99 ea)

1 CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D - Retail $249.00

1 COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

This is a game machine. DDO. Fallout3. Crysis. I have a Dell 24" Supersharp LCD I will run at 1900x1200.

I won't be overclocking as I think this thing will simply rock as it is. Do I return the workstation board or keep it? What are the benefits both ways?

Bottom line: Did I really F up?
a b V Motherboard
December 24, 2008 8:26:24 AM

Well look at the specs. You bought a motherboard best suited for professional, engineering, digital content creation, or developer workstations, multiple display adapters, multiple monitors, and enterprise class storage options.

Do you think you'll ever build such a configuration? If not, then you're probably not really losing-out on much except the $75.00 ~ $90.00 all this is adding to the price tag. Hopefully, a couple of those PCI-E x16 2.0 slots can be used for non-graphics expansion cards.
December 24, 2008 8:36:25 AM

Dang! You just gave yourself the ability to run tri-SLI on an Asus board that's cheaper than the Rampage II Extreme!!! Why didn't I think of that???

Too bad you already bought that 4870x2... :lol: 
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December 31, 2008 12:09:10 AM

I bought this board as well.

If you look at the benchmarks, this board is more than capable of keeping up with the rampage, not saying its better by any means, because is is comparing apples to oranges. But, this motherboard does do true 16x 16x 16x capabilites. and if you water cool at least the last card... you still have a 4x slot at the end to run something else, maybe even a 4th graphics card if needed, and not in an sli bridge of course. Alot of great software with this board, I havent finished my build yet, but im am excited to see this thing full bore!!

December 31, 2008 6:11:12 AM

I'm with you on this board--it's true beauty is that it can run 3 PCIe lanes at full x16 speed, which opens the door for using 3 GTX 295s or 3 4870x2 cards.

If I was building the ultimate gaming machine, I'd probably be inclined to go with this board over the Rampage II Extreme because of the third x16 lane.

However, once you run 3 dual-slot video cards, then all the slot space is used up and you can't even add a sound card, so this board is, in effect, a bit more like the eVGA X58 mobo (which doesn't have 3 x16 lanes, btw).

It's just too bad that the OP just happened to choose the *only* 4870x2 card that *can't* be run three-way... :na:  Is it too late to get an exchange???

JTS Telecom: hope you'll post some pics / specs / benchmarks when you're ready.
February 22, 2009 8:16:12 PM

Dude you cant run 3 gtx 295's..... thats 6way sli they don't have the driver support for that..... would be awesome but its not possible, even running all 3 slots at x16.
a b V Motherboard
February 22, 2009 9:06:39 PM

Akebono 98 said:

It's just too bad that the OP just happened to choose the *only* 4870x2 card that *can't* be run three-way... :na:  Is it too late to get an exchange???

Actually, none of them can run 3 way.
February 24, 2009 12:25:32 AM

OK, that was a lousy post on my part and my apologies go out to redraider_gamer and anyone else that has read this thread in the meantime and has been misinformed.

To set the record straight, neither the GTX 295 nor the 4870x2 can be run 3-way, they can only be run 2-way. Neither card has the necessary bridge connectors to run 3-way, in addition to the fact that there is no driver support for this non-existent configuration.

The P6T6 WS Revolution mobo's 3 PCIe x16 lanes would be useful in the future if they ever made dual GPU cards (that need the full x16 bandwidth) that can be run in 3-way SLI/Crossfire (thus needing 3 PCIe x16 video slots).

The Asus 4870x2 card does have one additional problem when running in multiple card configurations, however. Its proprietary fan design may be great, but its width does protrude beyond that of the reference spec card, which means that it cannot even be used in Crossfire configuration with another of the same card if there is no space between the mobo video card slots (such as in the P6T6 WS Revolution, Rampage II Extreme, Gigabyte EX58-UD5, etc.). To Crossfire this card, one would need a mobo like the Asus P6T Deluxe V2, which does have a gap between the video cards.
March 2, 2009 11:13:43 PM

Well this board does run Tri-SLI with 285s fine. I love it, fastest computer I have ever used.

My rig:
Tri-SLI (35725 3DMark Vantage)
ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition 965 Nehalem 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
Lapped Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme 1366 RT CPU Cooler
Innovation Cooling IC Diamond 7 Carat Thermal Compound
(Raid 0) 2x Fujitsu MBA3300RC 300GB 15000 RPM 16MB Cache SAS Hard Drive (4053.4 MB/s Burst, decimates Veloci-Raptors)
2x CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory
3x EVGA 01G-P3-1281-AR GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16
ABS Tagan BZ Series BZ1100 1100W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD±R/CD±R 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe
Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Acer P243WAid Black-Silver 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor
Logitech X-240 25 Watts 2.1 Speakers
March 2, 2009 11:41:16 PM

redraider_gamer said:

1 ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $369.99 Bottom line: Did I really F up?

well, you may have bought a different MB than the one you were planning on, but it looks like the Workstation version of the Asus P6T is the most stable - based on limited data (e.g. Newegg reviews).

if i was going to get a core i7 system today, that's the MB i'd get.
March 3, 2009 12:44:43 AM

I'd just like to say that this MoBo can only run 2 way SLi, Soudns stupid I know but if you look closer and at some of the reviews it explains it, basically the two PCIe lanes on the left are too close together to fit two cards in, so you can only really use two of the lanes, ASUS did this on purpose to make you buy their more expensive MoBos to utilize 3-way SLi

This annoyed me because I plan on buying a P6T

Question of my Own, what's the difference between the P6T-WS P6T-delux and the P6T-Deluxv2

I've looked everywhere but I can't find comparison guides, the ASUS site wasn't helpful either, doesn't look as if there's much difference.
March 3, 2009 12:59:45 AM

Oh For goodness sake, forget what I just said I'm an ass and misread. it appears there is a difference between the WS and delux I was unaware of, in future I'll shut up. Why can I not edit my posts/delete them?
March 3, 2009 4:07:32 AM

@churley818: You have an awesome rig! :) 
March 3, 2009 8:51:26 PM

Akebono 98 said:
@churley818: You have an awesome rig! :) 

Thanks :)  . Still learning to overclock, I haven't built a rig in 20+ years (I am 43, last one was when I was 21).

Struggling with the Bclk can't seem to get it to go as high as everyone else says they can get it to go. I have to add CPU voltage and increase its multiplier along with increasing the QPI/Dram voltage to get ~4Ghz stable.

Also I can't get the 3 video cards to overclock as fast as when I only had one.

My overclocking skills are terrible I am very ignorant on this subject.
April 17, 2009 1:01:55 PM

Guys i'm thinking of getting this mobo as well. But how does it do with overclocking? I read the rampage has such a great colling system that you can overclock on the fly without the need of liquid cooling and the fear of melting the board. Any ideas on what happens with revolution?
November 23, 2009 5:57:29 AM

Any one have any experiance with OCing this MB?