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November 23, 2012 9:04:54 AM

I was told that the MSI Big Bang M-Power Z77 motherboard has 3 PCIe 3.0 slots that run at 8x/8x/8x instead of 16x.

If I'm using an SLI setup, is there any way I can get the two PCIe 3.0 slots to run at 16x/16x?

Also, I was told that having all four memory slots occupied reduces overclocking potential, and that I should only use two memory sticks with very fast speeds.
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November 23, 2012 10:22:56 AM

Actually this mobo can do 8x/4x/4x with 3 cards installed and only with ivy-bridge CPU.

Getting 16x/16x in SLI is impossible (cpu can't handle that much pci-e lanes). However this is not something to be worried about. PCI-E 3.0 8x has more bandwidth available than GTX690 can saturate. So even with most powerful cards there won't be any performance drop.

To get 16x/16x you need a motherboard with additional PCI-E controller, like Asrock Z77 Extreme9.

4 memory modules put more strain on CPU (memory controller) what can cause instability on very high overclock. However, once more, it is not to be worried about unless you are planning on some serious OC. Other thing is that you don't need more than 8GB of RAM (at least for gaming) so best option is to go with two 4GB modules. Personally I would go with 8GB of either 1866 or 2133, CL9, 1.5V.
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