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.
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!!
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... Is it too late to get an exchange???
JTS Telecom: hope you'll post some pics / specs / benchmarks when you're ready.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?