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May 8, 2010 10:41:17 PM

What motherboard should I get that will use 2x GTX 470 sli, ddr3, and an amd phenom 2 proccessor?

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a b V Motherboard
May 9, 2010 2:17:54 AM

^Agree... "mid range"
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May 9, 2010 5:10:34 AM

** I almost posted without saying this beforehand:

I don't believe any AMD motherboard (that doesn't use an antiquated nvidia chipset) supports nvidia cards in SLI.

So lets pretend you said HD Radeon 5870 instead of GTX 470.

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I wouldn't get either of the boards listed previously because they lack USB 3.0, which i consider mandatory in a new build today.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
is very similar to one of the (890gx) boards mentioned earlier with USB 3.0, which I would recommend.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Is a 890FX board and seems like a killer deal ($155 for 890fx? it seems almost hard to believe) This board has USB 3.0, SATA3, as well as 38 PCI-Express lanes thanks to the 890FX chipset. I personally don't have any experience with ASRock products.

Another 890FX Mobo with USB3.0 and SATA3 from Gigabyte:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Any of these three boards would do a great job for your build. You will see similar performance out of all of them with current hardware. Down the road the 890FX boards may accommodate future generations of graphics cards better thanks to it's ability to run dual 16x PCI-Express 2.0. The 890FX boards seem to be priced very reasonably as well, so it's what I would do personally.
a b V Motherboard
May 9, 2010 5:40:11 AM

Well, there are two AM3 motherboards AFAIK which support full dual 16x/16x SLI.

Those two are the ASUS M4N98TD EVO and the MSI NF980-G65.
May 9, 2010 12:22:01 PM

Lmeow said:
Well, there are two AM3 motherboards AFAIK which support full dual 16x/16x SLI.

Those two are the ASUS M4N98TD EVO and the MSI NF980-G65.


Both of which use older nvidia chipsets, which lack USB 3.0 and SATA3. I wouldn't buy them, would you?
a b V Motherboard
May 9, 2010 1:16:23 PM

Well, the majority of boards lack SATA III and USB 3.0. I would buy those boards if I had two GTX 470s and a Phenom II X2/X3/X4/X6. What else would I do? I guess I could return a GTX 470 and be happy with one, but really, I don't care much about SATA III nor USB 3.0. I don't really care whether my loadup time takes 10 seconds less or whether F.E.A.R. or Vegas take a few more seconds to load, SSDs might use all the bandwidth of SATA III in RAID 0, but I don't think a price premium is worth it. For USB 3.0 however, I can see it being useful but, with both boards IIRC, I could just get a USB 3.0 controller card, and stick it into one of the two PCI-e 1x slot or 16x slot with the MSI NF980-G65 if OP plans to use two cards only.

Besides, the NF980a SLI chipset isn't that old, it's younger than the Phenom II X4 940, and a year older than the 890GX chipset.
May 9, 2010 9:54:41 PM

Idk I don't think I'd get a board that didn't have USB 3.0, I agree about sata3.

btw your new avatar is hilarious. =)
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