thinking of getting a i5 quad setup in the future, the problem is that i thinking of doing xfire or sli and the bandwidths on the i5 boards read 1x pci-e 2.0 x16 but the second on reads 1x pci-e 2.0x16 (4x bandwidth).
I am assuming itis the pci-e speed so one runs at 16x and the other runs at 4x in dual, is this correct even tho it states 16x(4x bandwidth).
The only reason i ask is that i was looking at getting a phenom 955 and the board that i would get runs at 16x on both.
Thats what i thought,
the board i found for the phenom is 16x or dual 8x not 16x but looked at the charts and there is only max 2-4 fps in the games i play so that is fine. the boards i was looking at for the i5 was about 110 but that was with the 4x bandwidth on the xfire and the boards with 8x dual are 140+ and going out of my range so i would have to reduce the amount for other items that i dont want to do so i will stick with the phenom thanks for all your help saint19.
Thats what i mean, it a nice board and it is asus i want but for that amount i could put around 50 pound to the rest of my board or a second gpu.
Thanks for finding the board but with the price of intel chips and boards compared to amd i think i will stick to amd unless i decide to put extra towards it and blow my budget. would you get the i5 640 (x4 2.66) or the phenom 955 (4x 3.2).