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August 28, 2011 11:47:47 PM

hey guys, I'm having a bit of trouble choosing a mobo for my i52500k and 2 Gigabyte GTX570's (SLI)

At the moment I'm tossing up these two:

1. Gigabyte Z68XP UD4
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=...

2. ASROCK Z68 Extreme4 Gen3
http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extre...

I'm not two bothered by integrated graphics (i.e. Lucid Virtu) since I already have GPU's.

There's honestly not much difference between them in terms of price/features but there is one issue that keeps popping up when I'm looking at mobos: the PICE slots

The ASROck states it has "2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 Slots"

wheras the Gigabyte mobo only has one x16 slot which would mean that it would be slower with my SLI right?

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August 29, 2011 12:26:34 AM

All Z68 motherboards will run the two pci-e x16 slots at x8/x8 when you have two graphics cards installed

Buy the asrock IMO
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August 29, 2011 12:27:24 AM

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August 29, 2011 12:41:57 AM

In general I'd say Asus , Gigabyte and Asrock [ owned by Asus ] are the better brands of boards available .

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August 29, 2011 1:42:20 AM

Tech answer:

1) Read the new article at Tomshardware on micro-stuttering.

2) New AMD cards in Q4 2011

3) New NVidia cards in Q2 2012

A single GTX570 maxes out pretty much every game. By the time you need more than that you can upgrade.

The new cards from AMD and NVidia will use a 28nm die process which should use roughly 2.5x less power. This means the cards will be MUCH QUIETER. They will also be able to make better performing cards than they have now (heat is the limiting factor).

Currently they have to use multiple GPU's (on one card or having multiple cards) however stuttering becomes an issue.

Summary:
I'd wait for either the new AMD or NVidia cards, and forget about multiple GPU's.
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August 29, 2011 2:00:51 AM

but I don't want to wait I want it now! lol

and I've already bought the card
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August 29, 2011 2:29:22 AM

jonnymo said:
hey guys, I'm having a bit of trouble choosing a mobo for my i52500k and 2 Gigabyte GTX570's (SLI)

At the moment I'm tossing up these two:

1. Gigabyte Z68XP UD4
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=...

2. ASROCK Z68 Extreme4 Gen3
http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extre...

I'm not two bothered by integrated graphics (i.e. Lucid Virtu) since I already have GPU's.

There's honestly not much difference between them in terms of price/features but there is one issue that keeps popping up when I'm looking at mobos: the PICE slots

The ASROck states it has "2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 Slots"

wheras the Gigabyte mobo only has one x16 slot which would mean that it would be slower with my SLI right?

Only the 1155 boards with the "NF200" Bridge run dual cards @ x16. Examples would be Gigabyte UD7, Asrock Extreme7 Gen3, Asus Maximus

Outlander_04 said:
In general I'd say Asus , Gigabyte and Asrock [ owned by Asus ] are the better brands of boards available .


Asrock and Asus parted ways over a year ago.
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August 29, 2011 2:50:56 AM

Hey why_me do you know if there's much increase in any performance with two x16's?
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