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August 26, 2011 5:42:18 PM

I am thinking if it is good to SLI on an mATX mobo
like gigabyte z68ma d2h or gigabyte z68mx ud2h

if not i will just go with what I originally was thinking of buying
gigabyte z68x ud3h

i am buying it at microcenter with i5-2500k for the $50 off

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August 26, 2011 6:30:22 PM

i am asking if it is good to sli on an matx board
i will be using gtx 560 ti on it.
will it cost alot of heat because of small space?
my case will most likely be cm storm enforcer
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August 26, 2011 6:49:27 PM

I have the z68ma-d2h running a single gtx 460. I'm not sure I would want to run SLI on the board.

The slots are x16, x4, x8 from top to bottom. However using a dual-slot card will not work on the bottom x8 pcie slot since it will cover up your front-panel usb (and audio) headers.

Reviews on Newegg say you can make it all fit if you use the x16 and x4 slots but this makes the cards close together and is not ideal for SLI.

Your call but I would recommend a diff board if you are definitely going to run SLI.
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August 26, 2011 7:04:25 PM

i will go with the z68x ud3h then
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August 26, 2011 7:37:55 PM

fury0609 said:
i will go with the z68x ud3h then


That's a great choice. I wouldn't even think dual graphics setup on a mATX board.
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August 26, 2011 7:53:18 PM

fury0609 said:
i will go with the z68x ud3h then


I would say micro-atx boards are not well suited to SLI/CF. Many of the cards worth dual GPU setups have two slot coolers. Also not mentioned is if your case has adequate cooling for SLI, or which cards you're using, etc. Do some research first before plowing headlong into SLI.
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August 26, 2011 11:17:18 PM

buzznut said:
I would say micro-atx boards are not well suited to SLI/CF. Many of the cards worth dual GPU setups have two slot coolers. Also not mentioned is if your case has adequate cooling for SLI, or which cards you're using, etc. Do some research first before plowing headlong into SLI.

+1

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $124.99 FREE SHIPPING
GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard Virtu, Touch BIOS, Smart Response SSD, 2-Way SLI, HDMI
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August 26, 2011 11:19:10 PM

Why_Me said:
+1

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $124.99 FREE SHIPPING
GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard Virtu, Touch BIOS, Smart Response SSD, 2-Way SLI, HDMI



A motherboard allowing you to SLI, doesn't mean that this is the best option...
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August 26, 2011 11:58:15 PM

michxymi said:
A motherboard allowing you to SLI, doesn't mean that this is the best option...

I wouldn't SLI on a mATX myself hence the reason I posted the +1. I posted that board to let the OP know his/her options as to what's available.
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August 27, 2011 12:06:50 AM

For all the reasons listed above I also would not SLI on an m-ATX motherboard
[ but having said that I probably wouldnt SLI or crossfire on my own PC ever ]

If you do need the small case for mobility then maybe its worth a shot , but pay close attention to cooling solutions .
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August 27, 2011 1:23:57 AM

I already stated that I am not getting mATX motherboard. I will get this gigabyte z68x ud3h http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
with i5-2500k. It will be $50 off.

I would only go with mATX if the money i would save from ATX to mATX will get me a gtx 570 instead of gtx 560 ti
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August 27, 2011 1:24:40 AM

Best answer selected by fury0609.
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