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X58 sabertooth xfire 6870, can it be done?????

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November 12, 2010 4:30:42 AM

Hey, I am trying to decide on a motherboard for lga 1336. I am going to run 1 6870 for now and another one down the road a bit. (i7-950, 6gb ddr3, cooler master storm scout, corsair 750w, etc.)

I was considering the asus sabertooth http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... but the reviews on newegg say the pci-e slots are too close together to comfortably crossfire big cards..

Has anyone on tom's tried this setup? If the sabertooth is tight then i would go with the asus P6X58D-E. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

How much room should one have between gpu's?
November 12, 2010 6:54:18 AM

AFAIK it has the standard spacing between 2 cards in SLI/ Crossfire which are found on most of the current boards...
Also the cards are Dual-Slot and not Tri-Slot ones, so there would be sufficient spacing between the cards for a good airflow...
November 12, 2010 5:17:36 PM

2x6870's - and 99.9% of all other dual-slot vid cards - physically fit in PCIe slots that are two slots apart.

The problem, if any, is that an extra slot between them would allow better air flow.

Unfortunately, boards that would allow you to run 2x6870 in x16 electrical slots AND are separated by 3 or more slots are very expensive. And in most cases the only benefit you would receive is a little better air flow.

Better to put a few extra dollars into ensuring a case with good air flow and benefit your whole rig.
November 12, 2010 10:11:45 PM

thanks a lot for the feedback.. will go with the sabertooth now. very excited! ^^
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