Thinking about building a SLI setup. Which mobo would you recommend?

I am still at the begining stages of building a new computer. I think I am leaning towards an Intel setup again. I have an E6600 non sli setup now that I am still happy with. I want an sli setup this time and it appears Intel has the best chips at the moment. I know AMD is releasing new chips soon so maybe I should wait to see how they do but in the mean time I figured I would start doing some research.

Basically what I would like to know is what is the best mobo chipset to go with right now? I want a dual video card SLI setup. I have no intentions of adding a third video card. What would you recommend for and Intel setup and AMD?

The reason I am leaning towards intel is the results from the $2000 build this month. The prior months intel build performed much better than the current months AMD build.
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  1. Go the X58 route, and most the good MOBOs will be 3-WAY in a $2K build.

    I would highly recommend the 2/3-WAY $199 EVGA 131-GT-E767-TR LGA -
    Just in case 2/3-WAY the $199 EVGA X58 FTW3 | 132-GT-E768-KR -

    Also, a 128 GB SSD or HHD drive. Also, if you ever decide 3-WAY you're buying a new MOBO if you don't do it ahead of time.
  2. Hi.

    Fot Intel u can go with one of this mobos: ASUS P6X58D-E or Gigabyte X58A-UD3R

    For AMD the nVidia chipset that makes possible the SLI setup is a crap and a little old so I' recommend if u want the AMD rig use Crossfire.

    For AMD u can go with one of this mobos: Gigabyte 890FXA-UD5 orASUS Crosshair IV

    If u still want the SLI with the AMD rig u can go with one of the above mobos, hack it and install the SLI without problems.

    For SLI GPU u can go with 2xGTX460, 2xGTX470 or 2xGTX480 the 1st one performs much better that a single GTX480 for the same price but with less power use and heat.

    For the Crossfire 2x5850 is a very solid option.
  3. I just bought a MSI Cyclone 460 1gb that I am using now. My plan is to buy a second for the SLI setup. I will probably buy a cheap video card for my existing computer and sell it.

    Since you say AMD and SLI don't work well together it sounds like an Intel build is in my future. I assumed AMD would work best with ATi/AMD video cards for obvious reasons.

    I have a Gigabyte P35 board now that has worked well. I will look into the UD3R you mentioned above. I used Asus boards in the past and had good luck with them as well. One did fry but Asus replaced it for me quickly and easily.
  4. Goo choice with the GPU. ;)
  5. ^ {AMD and SLI don't work well together} hence my recommendation of the X58; also the P55's have a PCIe limit on the second PCIe of 8X - no most cases no big deal but worth noting.

    I HUGELY disagree with the {Gigabyte X58A-UD3R (rev 2)} :non: BAD BOARD I personally had to RMA/return {return 10 MOBOs with SSD + RAID 1 BSOD (multiple HDD) + Sudden Shutdowns} Tom's review is bad/wrong for that MOBO, and they were all replaced with the ASUS P6X58D-E which indeed corrected the problem. The UD3R is great on paper only.

    Review -,2614-15.html

    EVGA X58 period are the best MOBO if you want to OC + SLI, and anyone saying differently needs to post comparing Futuremark scores.

    EVGA X58 ~ Ferrari | ASUS or GA ~ Corvette.

    Good Luck!
  6. Th 1st one only support 2-Way SLI or Crossfire while the last one support 3-Way SLI or Crossfire.
  7. Are you sure saint19? The box for the top one shows X58 SLI 3.

    I have no intentions of adding a third video card. Of course I had no intentions of adding a second back when I built my existing computer and now I wish I would have bought a SLI board back then.
  8. Best answer
    THEY ARE 3-WAY!!!

    All of these MOBO's are going to really push your budget, and yeah of course they're nice. However, if the GTX 460 is not part of the $2,000 budget then - EVGA X58 SLI Classified.

    The FTW3 series is more than 3-WAY SLI, it also has a lot more available power and is designed in addition to 3-WAY extreme OC. Most MOBOs run fine under low OC but once 3.8 - 4.x GHz there's a lot of power consumption and Stability or similar odd behavior starts plaguing many MOBOs. EVGA is an enthusiast brand and often lacks "gizmo's/swiss army" add-ons to keep bandwidth in tack and stable and adequate power the CPU, Controllers, N/S Bridge, etc.

    However, if you're even considering the FTW3 series series don't, instead use the EVGA X58 SLI Classified.
  9. :lol: ny bad I confused it with another mobo.

    The last one has better feature like 8 phase power (power management) and OC features from the mobo.
  10. ^ I use these MOBOs - Newegg is wrong as it often is...

    The only non "3-WAY" X58/EVGA but obviously it can easily do 3-WAY is the EVGA X58 Classified 4-Way SLI.

    Except the EVGA X58 SLI Micro 2-WAY.
  11. @saint19 - I've asked before (unanswered) - Why not add EVGA to the Forum list. Yeah, I'm a member at EVGA but why not at tomshardware??!!
  12. I really need to rethink my budget. I was hoping to stay under a $1000 for everything. The $2000.00 I mentioned above was in reference to the $2000 build from this months system builder comparison. I already have one 460. I was hoping to spend @1000 including a second 460 and everything else. I now realize that isn't possible with the current price of an I7 930 and compatiable SLI mobo. Maybe I should look into I5 build instead or wait a little while for prices to drop. As of right now I am looking at @1400 for everything including a cheap case, bluray drive and Windows 7. I might just keep an eye out for some good combo deals and piece it together that way. I should be able to save a few hundred that way.
  13. ^ As a good suggestion - goto {under maintenance now} or and try their configuration. I often use their site to get a quick idea of pricing, adding and subtracting parts. Oddly their pricing is almost the exact same as "Part Cost."

    In your case you can use a single GTX 460 price and back it out of the Total Cost.

    Suggestion - CASE & PSU; if you purcahse a nice case and good PSU ~ Corsair 750/850 you can reuse them later {new MOBO + CPU}.

    Video GTX460 OC vs GTX 480 -
  14. What about this EVGA board:

    Seems like a very good deal for a X58 mobo.
  15. Opps. That link doesn't show the price. EVGA has B stock ones on sale for $89.99 shipped. I imagine they are refurbished but that is fine with me. They probably don't come with all the accessories either but I have extra sata cables already. Plus the mobo itself has 8 usb connections and the case will have a couple as well. That should be plenty. It doesn' have the newest 3.0 usb or 6.0 sata but I don't feel that is important right now since few products support it and the performance gains aren't that much.
  16. I ordered one. I figured it was worth a shot for only $89.99. Now I need to keep an eye out for a good deal on a 930/950.
  17. I've ordered just about everything. I should come in close to $1000.00 for everything. Of course I already had one gtx460 so it is really closer to $1200. Still that isn't bad for an I7 950 GTX460 SLI setup. It should be plenty fast for everything I need. I will add a 128gb SSD drive once they drop to about $1 per gb.

    Thanks everyone for the posts.
  18. Best answer selected by beekermartin.
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