I plan on upgrading my motherboard to one that supports CFX. My current motherboard only has one PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot and one x4 slot and I've heard that putting a second card in the x4 slot would degrade its performance by a fair margin. I've narrowed in down to a few choice. They are:
My current specs are:
AMD Phenom II 965 BE
8GB G.SKILL DDR2 800 RAM
Intel X25M 80GB SSD
WD 650GB 7200RPM HDD
Corsair 750W PSU - (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
XFX ATI RADEON HD 5870 1GB (second one is coming in on Monday)
Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium
Cooler Master Cosmos 1000 Case
I would have to upgrade my RAM to DDR3 (I was thinking about a 8GB set of Corsair Dominator DDR3 1333).
Anyway, what would you recommend for the motherboard? They all have their strong points and they have all gotten good reviews. Has anybody ever used any of these motherboards before? If so, what was/is your experience with it/them?
Looking at specs i would recommend the MSI board, has 4 pcie16 slots, has higher clocked ram support and some other less important things, the only real thing the gigabyte has going for it is questionably better quality/reliability and the fact it is a bit future proofed with sata3/usb3 ports
I got the MSI (twice) and it caught fire on me (twice). That may have been my fault though. I think in both cases the corners near the RAM slots was touching the side of my case (it's a steel case) and the electrical current was conducted by the case and jumped back to the motherboard resulting in a fried module which prevented the CPU fan from spinning up. I returned both the MSIs and ordered the Gigabyte and just got it today. I'll install it later tonight probably.
It went perfectly. Well, the first time I booted up the mobo wasn't able to detect my OS. But once I restarted it booted fine. I'm guessing it's because my SSD hadn't been registered yet.
Anyway, I installed everything. For some reason the Intel SSD Optimizer won't work -- it may be because I have the SSD plugged into a SATA 3.0 port. But I don't know. I installed my second 5870 for Crossfire. The two cards are ridiculously close together. I hope they'll be OK.