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Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H, 3 Way Sli GTX 670, Sandy or Ivy????

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September 10, 2012 8:11:15 PM

Alright guys i`ve been having a look around for a 3-4 way sli motherboard for a bit of an upgrade, gonna go from 2x670`s to 3x670. was reading a spec sheet on the GA-Z77X-UD5H and it said something about it can only do 3 way sli with an ivy cpu installed? sounded kinda off to me though i thought i may aswell ask you guys as you havent steered me wrong so far. The Sniper M3 has been in the back of my mind for a little while now and i wasnt planning to go ivy, wanted to keep the sandy i5 for a little longer. cash aint an issue but i`d rather stay with gigabyte as i`ve always used em. running at 5760x1080 thats why i fancie the extra card plus i`ve just grabbed the Corsair AX1200i to power the rigg.

so GA-Z77X-UD5H or just put my cash where my mouth is an go for the Sniper M3 with the possibilty of adding a 4th 670?

Can anyone shed a little light on this matter ?

Many Thanks Davie

a c 717 V Motherboard
September 10, 2012 8:26:01 PM

Well I don't know what you've read but the GA-Z77X-UD5H is 2-WAY SLI and can support up to 4 GPU cores (e.g. SLI GTX 690).

In order to have 3 or 4 WAY SLI you need an LGA 1155 with an added PCIe chipset, examples: NF200 (PCIe 2.0) or PLX (PCIe 3.0) Chipset. Otherwise, my preference is LGA 2011/SB-E for 4-WAY SLI for best performance.

LGA 1155 Z77 + PLX + 4-WAY SLI support:
$380 ASUS Maximus V Extreme -
$350 ASRock Z77 Extreme9 -
$340 ASUS P8Z77 WS -
$300 EVGA Z77 FTW -
$270 Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 -

On LGA 1155 my pick would be the ASUS Maximus V Extreme.

Before you pull the trigger see Futuremark -
September 10, 2012 8:50:40 PM

ahhh, it was on the gigabyte website i read it i`m sure, it will deffo be the Sniper then. Had a bad experience with asus before man , a few D.O.A boards etc. Cheers for the info man, I`ll grab a Sniper 3 tomorrow and keep my Sandy for a little while longer.

Cheers Again Davie (Y)
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a c 717 V Motherboard
September 10, 2012 9:20:30 PM

quiggy2512 said:
Sandy for a little while longer.

Nope, the PLX requires an Ivy Bridge to work otherwise you'll have 2-WAY SLI. The NF200 as in the ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution was one of the few P67's with 3-WAY SLI support.
September 11, 2012 12:50:41 PM

Cheers for the help man, much appreciated. Grabbed the Sniper and the 3770k.

cheers again Davie