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February 29, 2012 12:01:22 AM

Hello i am soon getting dual 570's and i want to sli them and my current motherboard does not support sli, can i have some good solid suggestions that have two express 2.0's and 1 express 3.0. Usb 3.0 would be nice too! With the new z68 chip

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a c 328 V Motherboard
February 29, 2012 12:09:29 AM

2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, Supports AMD Quad CrossFireX and NVIDIA Quad SLI
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February 29, 2012 12:11:23 AM

nikorr said:
2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, Supports AMD Quad CrossFireX and NVIDIA Quad SLI

i want it to just support dual 570's and one day a gpu that is 3.0 compatible
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a c 328 V Motherboard
February 29, 2012 12:13:28 AM

Expansion Slots
PCI Express 3.0 x16

2 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots (PCIE2/PCIE4: single at x16 (PCIE2) / x8 (PCIE4), or dual at x8 (PCIE2) / x8 (PCIE4)) (PCI Express 3.0 with Intel Ivy Bridge CPU, PCI Express 2.0 with Intel Sandy Bridge CPU)

PCI Express x1 2

PCI Slots 2

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a c 328 V Motherboard
February 29, 2012 12:14:20 AM

Hallowhead said:
i want it to just support dual 570's and one day a gpu that is 3.0 compatible

That is it. It does.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
February 29, 2012 12:15:30 AM

And u can run them @ x16 both.
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February 29, 2012 12:17:58 AM

nikorr said:
Expansion Slots
PCI Express 3.0 x16

2 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots (PCIE2/PCIE4: single at x16 (PCIE2) / x8 (PCIE4), or dual at x8 (PCIE2) / x8 (PCIE4)) (PCI Express 3.0 with Intel Ivy Bridge CPU, PCI Express 2.0 with Intel Sandy Bridge CPU)

PCI Express x1 2

PCI Slots 2

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r254/maylyn22/ASRock/Z68Extreme7Gen3PCIE30Distribution.png

i have a intel i-7 2600k would that make them be 3.0's? so this motherboard would allow me to run dual 570's you say, which pcie slots would i put them in?
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a c 328 V Motherboard
February 29, 2012 12:21:51 AM

Hallowhead said:
i have a intel i-7 2600k would that make them be 3.0's? so this motherboard would allow me to run dual 570's you say, which pcie slots would i put them in?

It has one 3.0 and one 2.0.

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February 29, 2012 12:25:03 AM

it does not have onboard usb 3.0 headers though. However, it does support usb 3.0.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
February 29, 2012 12:26:23 AM

Hallowhead said:
wait so you can put a 570 into a 3.0?

Yes, it is backwards compatible with 2.0

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a c 328 V Motherboard
February 29, 2012 12:27:38 AM

thesnappyfingers said:
it does not have onboard usb 3.0 headers though. However, it does support usb 3.0.

: )) I have never noticed that.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
February 29, 2012 1:02:58 AM

Hallowhead said:
alright thanks soo much so is this motherboard sli or crossfirex capable?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The ASRock is SLI certified, but the MSI is AMD CrossFire certified so I don't know how well it would run in the SLI.

And 2nd 16x pci slot that runs at 4x speed. So it runs @ 16x and 4x speed rates...
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February 29, 2012 1:05:06 AM

nikorr said:
The ASRock is SLI certified, but the MSI is AMD CrossFire certified so I don't know how well it would run in the SLI.

And 2nd 16x pci slot that runs at 4x speed. So it runs @ 16x and 4x speed rates...

so it wouldn't work on this motherboard your saying?
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a c 328 V Motherboard
February 29, 2012 1:08:27 AM

Hallowhead said:
so it wouldn't work on this motherboard your saying?

Well, read on the first page, it is only Crossfire, no SLI optimized.

But why would u want slow mobo, when u have the fastest cards?

Makes no sense to me.
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February 29, 2012 1:14:03 AM

nikorr said:
Well, read on the first page, it is only Crossfire, no SLI optimized.

But why would u want slow mobo, when u have the fastest cards?

Makes no sense to me.

word... i agree, i am just not as savy as you. Plus money doesn't grow on trees. lol i just built this computer in September and i already want to tear it apart... new mobo new psu and 2 new gpu's lol... Atleast i can pretty much make another computer with it all or just sell it on ebay.
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February 29, 2012 1:14:45 AM

nikorr said:
Well, read on the first page, it is only Crossfire, no SLI optimized.

But why would u want slow mobo, when u have the fastest cards?

Makes no sense to me.

also should my gtx 560 be in the 3.0 spot then right now? because i have that msi board.. will it run better?
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a c 328 V Motherboard
February 29, 2012 1:17:23 AM

Hallowhead said:
also should my gtx 560 be in the 3.0 spot then right now? because i have that msi board.. will it run better?

OK, how many devices do u have plugged in?
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a c 328 V Motherboard
February 29, 2012 1:22:09 AM

Hallowhead said:
word... i agree, i am just not as savy as you. Plus money doesn't grow on trees. lol i just built this computer in September and i already want to tear it apart... new mobo new psu and 2 new gpu's lol... Atleast i can pretty much make another computer with it all or just sell it on ebay.

OK, think of it as I am not criticizing the board, but just offering advice on which one will be faster.

If u want more performance, than 2 cards running @ x16 each will be faster than one @ x16 and other @ x4.
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February 29, 2012 1:26:34 AM

nikorr said:
OK, how many devices do u have plugged in?

in my pci ports only my gpu..
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February 29, 2012 1:27:45 AM

nikorr said:
OK, think of it as I am not criticizing the board, but just offering advice on which one will be faster.

If u want more performance, than 2 cards running @ x16 each will be faster than one @ x16 and other @ x4.

no yeah i totally understand, i just didn't realize when i bought it, that the ports were not both the same speed.
the board you supplied is looking pretty reliable and my top pick as of now.
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February 29, 2012 1:30:05 AM

perhaps listing your full specs of your current rig would be helpful. It seemed that you were planing to build a new build.

If you have a gtx 560 you could simply buy another 560 and have performance exceed that of a gtx 580.

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a c 328 V Motherboard
February 29, 2012 1:31:50 AM

Hallowhead said:
also should my gtx 560 be in the 3.0 spot then right now? because i have that msi board.. will it run better?

Yes, the 3.0.
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February 29, 2012 1:39:10 AM

nikorr said:
Yes, the 3.0.

i am going to be doing that tomorrow, will it improve performance by a lot?
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February 29, 2012 1:40:56 AM

thesnappyfingers said:
perhaps listing your full specs of your current rig would be helpful. It seemed that you were planing to build a new build.

If you have a gtx 560 you could simply buy another 560 and have performance exceed that of a gtx 580.

full specs as are

Processor:
Intel i7 2600k oc 4.5ghz
CPU Fan:
CoolerMaster hyper 212 evo
Graphics Card:
EVGA GTX 560
Power Supply:
thermaltake 600w TR600 ATX
Case:
CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced
MotherBoard:
MSI Z68A-G43 (G3)
HDD for OS:
64gb Samsung Solid State Drive
Storage
500gb Western Digital Blue label
Ram:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
Monitor:
23.5 Asus 1920x1080

just built in september
no i don't want a new build i just want a little upgrade with the gpu, but i can't with my motherboard and psu
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a c 328 V Motherboard
February 29, 2012 2:08:11 AM

Hallowhead said:
in my pci ports only my gpu..

I thought u have 2 GPU's. Shouldn't be the GPU plugged in the slot closest to the CPU?

It is on my ASUS.
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February 29, 2012 2:21:33 AM

nikorr said:
I thought u have 2 GPU's. Shouldn't be the GPU plugged in the slot closest to the CPU?

It is on my ASUS.

I am a little confused. I only have one gpu a 560 but I want to upgrade to 2 570s
What do you mean by shouldnt be the gpu plugged closest to the CPU? You mean it should be plugged closest to the CPU?
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a c 328 V Motherboard
February 29, 2012 2:43:23 AM

Hallowhead said:
I am a little confused. I only have one gpu a 560 but I want to upgrade to 2 570s
What do you mean by shouldnt be the gpu plugged closest to the CPU? You mean it should be plugged closest to the CPU?

I thought u had 2 of them. U will use those 2 blue ones. The PCIE 3.0 will run as 2.0



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February 29, 2012 2:52:00 AM

nikorr said:
I thought u had 2 of them. U will use those 2 blue ones. The PCIE 3.0 will run as 2.0

Okay will it get better performance at all? And still the two 570 will run Better on that other board you recommended right? Or would they be fine on here?
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a c 328 V Motherboard
February 29, 2012 3:00:37 AM

Hallowhead said:
Okay will it get better performance at all? And still the two 570 will run Better on that other board you recommended right? Or would they be fine on here?

ASRock will provide far better performance due to full use of both x16 lanes.
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