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P67 board to cope with 3 Gainward GTX580 3GB Phantoms

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June 30, 2011 11:05:06 AM

Hello

Looking to build a pc with 3 gainward gtx580 3gb phantoms ( tri sli ) , is there currently a motherboard that will take three of these cards ( they are 2.5 slot cards ), also will a standard tri sli bridge fit.

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Chris
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June 30, 2011 11:44:36 AM

I don't think so.

Even the Maximus Extreme or Big Bang won't accommodate 3 cards at the 2.5 slot width.

There are a few boards that will accommodate 2 at that width, but 3? I don't think so.

I'm thinking you'll be happy with two of those cards, though. I am with my 2 measely 1.5GB cards. I can play everything with max details, AA and AA transparency maxed at high framerates.

You'll easily be able to drive 3 monitors at high details with 2 of those 3GB cards.
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June 30, 2011 11:53:28 AM

There is, MSI big marshal. But do you really need 3 cards like that? I suggest 2 of then and use a gtx460 for PhysX if you want to invest that much in a PC meant for gaming.

About the standard tri sly bridge, nvidia has the option to enable sli without that bridge. If not, the cards might come with that bridge or you can ask gainward if they produce it for tri sli.. that's if a normal bridge is not enough(don't know if it is flexible or board stiff so can't advise properly).
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June 30, 2011 6:21:34 PM

ionut19 said:
There is, MSI big marshal. But do you really need 3 cards like that? I suggest 2 of then and use a gtx460 for PhysX if you want to invest that much in a PC meant for gaming.

About the standard tri sly bridge, nvidia has the option to enable sli without that bridge. If not, the cards might come with that bridge or you can ask gainward if they produce it for tri sli.. that's if a normal bridge is not enough(don't know if it is flexible or board stiff so can't advise properly).

Awesome overboard motherboard! But, no matter how you slice it, even with the Big-Bang Marshal, one of the 2.5 slot cards won't fit; whether you go with slots 1,3,7 (1 pushing against 3) or 1,5,7 (5 pushing on 7) the cards are too wide:

http://www.msi.com/product/mb/Big-Bang-Marshal--B3-.htm...

Slots 2,4,6, and 8 are 1x bandwidth slots even though the slots facilitate a 16x-sized card.

The SLI bridge comes with motherboards that support it. It isn't generally bundled with the card the same way AMD cards include the Crossfire Interconnect. If the motherboard supports 3-way SLI the appropriate connectors will be in the box. The Big-Bang Marshal motherboard comes with a single SLI bridge indicating 2x SLI only.
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June 30, 2011 6:49:51 PM

yea, 3 of those cards is pointless and a waste of money just to enlarge you e-peen
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