I am planning on running two gtx280's.
The issue with that is the position of the pci-e slots on the mobo. I want them spaced far enough so i can put accelero fans on the cards. The only boards ive seen with pci-e x16 so far are the x58's and mabye a few other ones that have the space....and they run an intel chipset But anyway, i just love amd/sli's Less i can pursuade myself to run intel
The question is: I am planning a new build and was wondering if the new phenom II x3's will bottleneck my SLi'd gpus?
I have a few answers in my head, but i am wanting YOUR feedback
that is a great board. got to play with one for a few days with a 955. handles overclocking well and runs the AM3 CPU's. Nvidia did a better job with the nForce boards for AMD than they did for the Intel 775's as far as heat and stability.
On stock air, I have OC'd my x3 710 to 3.3ghz stable on prime95 for 4 hours error free, overvolted by.025. The temps are ok, never breaking 45 during gaming, but as high as 55 during prime95. I will be going aftermarket on the HSF soon because of this, and I am hoping to see 3.6ish as others have claimed . In the meantime, I undervolt by .025 and run at 3.1 (also stable on Prime95) and never saw over 50 during torture test, and low 40s during gaming.
I saw massive gains on my 4870x2's peformance from these overclocks, as I have left the card stock. My OC'd 4870 512mb (810/1050) ran a best of 15083 in 3Dmark06 with my x3 firstname.lastname@example.org. With stock CPU clocks, my 4870x2 would break 16k, and at 3.3 I saw a high of 18507. A friends rig w/ email@example.com and dual 48701gb breaks 20k, so I figure I am doing quite well.
My gameplay has benefitted accordingly, and am just using the synthetic benchmarks as common medium. It might be a bit of comparing apples and oranges, but at least it demonstrates that multi-gpu setups can scale well with PheII OC'd triple cores.
shite i forgot to add, i wanted DDR3... Will the bios updates supply the DDR3 change with the AM3 chip on that mobo correct? And Jofa, that sounds awsome! I am wanting to put the build towards gaming. The build i have now, i am just gonna hook it up to my Television and use it for entertainment (i.e. music, movies, and prolly fux around with some games..). I have had my eye on that board because of the ability for the nforce/sli and the space on it is perfect, considering the aftermarket HSF for the gpu's are not much bigger than the normal... i havnt really compared the difference in measurements of the fans, but with that much space it should be fine. I blew up my old board, m2n-sli deluxe, cause i kept having to "softly jam" my cards in there heh.... makes me kinda laugh cause i also fit a creative SB xfi gamer in there too. meh can you say HOT!!! POOF SMOKE FROM THE IDE connector! took out majority of my board.
My buddy kinda persuaded me into the trip cores, 1. The price / 2. Quads not really needed unless doing major graphics, in which CoD4 modern warfare 2 or L4D2 prolly wont need much processor.
Case: CM 690
CPU henom x4 9500
GPU:evga geforce 8600 gts 512mb x2 sli'd
RAM:2gb x4 Corsair Xms2 800
PSU:Thermaltake toughpower 1kw
I plan on changing the PSU when i decide what i want in my new build. So far i have:
CASE:Azza Solano 1000
GPU: GTX 280 x2
::edit I think i got around 14k or 15k on 3dmark with my current rig and the 280's sli'd
Maybe i should sell the GPU's and wait for new