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Is it worth buying EVGA SLI3 now ?

Hi,

I'm already using a GA-EX58-UD5 motherboard which I bought in 2010. I'm thinking of upgrading just the mother board and as I'm in USA now - Is it worth buying X58 EVGA SLI3 ? I will use the remaining hardware in my current PC intact which are as follows :

i7 920
8 Gig corsair dominator RAM
HAF 932 Case.
CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Plus CPU cooler.
ATI Radaeon HD5770

Are there any compatibility issues you see, Please suggest and recommend?

Thanks,
Prabhu
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  1. Should be worth it!!! i didnt see any compatibitlity issues, although im not sure if the 212+ will cover 1 ram slot or not. wont be a problem if you are using 8 gigs. i suggest getting some triple channel though! its faster then just having 2 or 4 ram sticks. id go for 6 gigs of triple channel, but if you want more, get 12 gigs!!!!

    HAF 932 is a SWEET case btw lol :D
    lol forgot the link! here it is to ur mobo! http://www.evga.com/articles/00571/
  2. First, if your GA-EX58-UD5 is DOA it's under warranty for 3 years. Next swapping-out your GA-EX58-UD5 for a X58 EVGA SLI3 is a 100% waste of money for the specs listed above.

    IF you're 'itching' to spend money then wait, in the next 90 days the LGA 1366 replacement is due out with new SB-E CPUs which will be ~45% faster than the current Sandy Bridge and even faster than the i7 920 you have now.

    Brief information on the forthcoming X79/LGA 2011.
    Link -> http://www.fudzilla.com/processors/item/23517-core-i7-3960x-is-about-47-faster-than-core-i7-990x
    Link -> http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/motherboards/2011/06/02/intel-lga2011-motherboard-showcase/1
    Link -> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGA_2011
    Link -> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandy_Bridge#Desktop_processors
  3. Hi Jaquith,

    I don't want to spend any money until LGA2011 prices are streamlined. For now, I just want to make sure I upgrade the mother board and make my existing PC a little future proof for USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0gbps. Please suggest me a good board if you think X58 EVGA SLI3 is not worth for the current specs of my existing computer.

    Thanks,
    Prabhu
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    You'll probably never see the day where the LGA 2011 prices are cheap until they're EOL. Further, unless you have a SATA3 SSD there's zero reason to add or need a SATA3 port(s); the SATA2 ports are good to 270MB/s~295MB/s -- the fastest HDD is 130 MB/s {yes that includes 10,000 RPM}.

    The EVAG SATA3 uses Marvell 912x which is x1 PCIe lane in other words the max speed is 360MB/s~370MB/s; whereas there are X58's that use the Marvell 918x which are x2 PCIe lanes with 550MB/s+. USB 3.0 as long as you have a USB 3.0 device that is 'actually' > USB 2.0 speed; most are NOT faster.

    $20~$25 USB 3.0 add-on card
    $24+ SATA3 PCIe card; RAID costs more.

    So, for $50 everything you need.
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