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August 23, 2010 4:03:27 PM

Hi,

I bought Gigabyte X58A-UD3R and it's a very good mobo ... but with my 2x5870 (2 slot card) my first card overheat.

Anyone know an alternative to my motherboard but with 2 free slot between each pciex16 slot?

And fit with my current memory ?
(G.SKILL F3-16000CL9T-6GBTD Trident PC3-16000 6GB 3X2GB DDR3-2000 CL9-9-9-24 )


http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=EN...
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August 23, 2010 4:54:05 PM

Bro, You always have to sacrifice if you've got limited budget. That's ow life goes.
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August 23, 2010 4:55:38 PM

But with "ASUS P6T7 WS Supercomputer" I loose sata3 & usb3 also ! ...
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August 23, 2010 5:57:32 PM

I suggest Asus Rampage III Extreme, it gives you the spacing you want (Using the 16x, 8x, 8x config), includes USB 3 and SATA 3. It does come with a bit of a price tag though.
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August 23, 2010 6:13:23 PM

^ overheating issues. which of course could be overcome by better cooling which requires 'more money'. Otherwise its my choice too, well the one that comes first with looks and spec wise.

Both this and my suggested have no usb3.0. So in short, i would recommend you to stay with your current board. don't think until new mobo's arrive. Try some push/pull configurations and better the cooling.
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August 23, 2010 6:56:18 PM

deweycd said:
I suggest Asus Rampage III Extreme, it gives you the spacing you want (Using the 16x, 8x, 8x config), includes USB 3 and SATA 3. It does come with a bit of a price tag though.



Ummm but if I use 16x,8x config ... I'll loose some "power" no ?

On ud3r I think I could use 16x,8x also (and solve my heat prob), I pay for 2 "big" video card I 'didn't loose anything :) 
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August 23, 2010 6:57:47 PM

Yes, you lose power.
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August 23, 2010 7:33:57 PM

wupaz said:
Ummm but if I use 16x,8x config ... I'll loose some "power" no ?

On ud3r I think I could use 16x,8x also (and solve my heat prob), I pay for 2 "big" video card I 'didn't loose anything :) 


You are likely to only see about a ~1% drop in frame rate. There isn't that much of a difference between 16x,16x vs 16x,8x. Tom's has done quite a few articles and only found a real difference at 16x,4x or 8x,4x. You shouldn't be able to see the difference in this board vs one with 16x, 16x.
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August 30, 2010 1:44:04 AM

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