Can the MSI Z77A-G45 run 2 GTX690 in SLi?

Hi all,

I wanted to buy one of the cheapest motherboards with PCI-E 3.0 for the monster GTX690 that I wanted to pair it with. I'm hoping to buy another GTX690 in a few months to add to it in SLi.
However I've read a few reviews saying that the card is rather large, so they weren't sure if standard motherboards would fit...

This is the MSI Z77A-G45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130645

What do you think? Will 2 GTX690's in SLi fit on this motherboard?

Also, is there a benefit in paying about 50% more for the MSI Z77A-GD65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130643

Thanks.
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  1. It sure can. Make sure you have a nice PSU and cooling system.
  2. yes the GTX 690 will fit on the motherboard but I'm not too sure if it'll fit in your case give me a link to your case and I'll check it out for you. Also as for benefits for getting the MSI Z77A-GD65 you'll get an extra PCI express 3.0 instead of a 2.0 from the MSI Z77A-G45 (maybe do a 3-way sli), 2 extra sata 6/Gbs and if you want more info try here

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006519%2050001312%2040000280%204017&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&CompareItemList=280%7C13-130-645%5E13-130-645-TS%2C13-130-643%5E13-130-643-TS

    as for a PSU you'll need at least a 650 watt for 1 card as each card takes 300 watts and 2 8 pin PCI express power connectors are also required for each card try this link if you need more info

    http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-690/specifications

    if you need to know what's available on newegg here is a link for that

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20600315498%20600328254&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&CompareItemList=48%7C14-121-636%5E14-121-636-TS%2C14-130-781%5E14-130-781-TS%2C14-130-790%5E14-130-790-TS%2C14-130-803%5E14-130-803-TS

    if you give me more info on your build I can give you a full watt rating for your PSU
  3. Hi,

    I'm living out here in Hong Kong where I can pick up most of the parts for a pretty decent price at local computer malls.

    Just bought a BenQ GW2750 VA 27inch Monitor, so I gave into my temptation to get a proper gaming PC. I want this to be my gaming rig for at least 3 years to come and I hope to do that by getting a 2nd GTX690 in the next 3 months.
    I want to know if the MSI Z77A-G45 has enough space to run 2x GTX690 in SLi. I've been looking at a few reviews that have mentioned that the GTX690 is quite large, and may not fit in many older motherboards.

    I'm aware I'm offering prices available in Hong Kong and offering a rough US Dollar equivalent, so I'm looking for suggestions into similarly priced parts to swap in if there is a significant benefit.

    I'm buying the 'barebones' off a friend for $2500 HKD ($322.40 USD).

    CPU Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074

    RAM ADATA Premier Series 4GB (+4GB included in the motherboard deal)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211548

    Case Coolermaster Silencio 550
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119251

    HDD Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALX 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB cache
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136767

    & generic DVD Burner

    The following is what I found in the computer malls to make my gaming PC. btw I can just about afford this...

    Motherboard MSI Z77A-G45 $1220 HKD ($157.32 USD)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130645

    Graphics Card Inno3D GEFORCE GTX 690 4GB DDR5 $8080 HKD ($1042 USD)
    http://www.tweaktown.com/news/24473/inno3d_geforce_gtx_690_and_i_chill_based_gpus_get_caught_on_camera/index.html

    Solid State Drive (for OS and Games) OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3 120GB $699 HKD ($90.14 USD)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706

    PSU SILVERSTONE ST1000-P 1000W ATX 12V $1580 HKD ($203.75 USD)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256057

    Total: $14,079 HKD ($1815 USD)

    My thoughts are to use the SSD for the OS and whatever games I'm playing at the time. I wanted to save on parts that could be saved on (apart from the PSU!) and spent big on what I thought would make the biggest differences in games (GFX card, SSD, RAM).
  4. Also, thanks for verifying that the GTX690 will fit in the motherboard.

    However i'd like to know if the MSI Z77A-GD65 or the MSI Z77A-G45 will fit TWO (2x) GTX690's in SLi or Quad SLi....

    Cause ultimately I intend to run a SLi GTX690 setup with 16gigs of ram and an i7.

    If not how about a cheap motherboard suggestion for SLi GTX690's!
  5. I don't know much about sli but the max you'll be able to do is 3 way sli if its supported but if it is supported here are some psu's that will power it
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007657%20600014027%20600014118&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&CompareItemList=58%7C17-194-106%5E17-194-106-TS%2C17-171-069%5E17-171-069-TS%2C17-438-004%5E17-438-004-TS

    If you are doing 2 way sli here are psu's that will power it

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007657%20600014026&IsNodeId=1&name=1001W%20-%201100W

    if you will have 1 card the psu you have picked out will be fine and here is the link to calculate the psu wattage with your parts

    http://images10.newegg.com/BizIntell/tool/psucalc/index.html?name=Power-Supply-Wattage-Calculator

    good luck!
  6. ***IMPORTANT***I'm pretty sure you'll only be able to do 3 way sli on the MSI Z77A-GD65 and if I'm wrong then it'll be better performance as the MSI Z77A-G45 only has 2 pci exp. 3.0 and 1 pci exp. 2.0 and the MSI Z77A-GD65 has 3 pci exp. 3.0 slots and 3-way is max cause there is only 3 pci exp. slots on each board***IMPORTANT***
  7. help me_83 said:
    ***IMPORTANT***I'm pretty sure you'll only be able to do 3 way sli on the MSI Z77A-GD65 and if I'm wrong then it'll be better performance as the MSI Z77A-G45 only has 2 pci exp. 3.0 and 1 pci exp. 2.0 and the MSI Z77A-GD65 has 3 pci exp. 3.0 slots and 3-way is max cause there is only 3 pci exp. slots on each board***IMPORTANT***


    Hey,

    So I went for the ASUS P877-V PRO to power it instead. I heard it's got 2 full powered x16 PCI-E 3.0 slots.

    Looks awesome. I'm collecting it tomorrow. Got a 250GB OCZ Agility 3 SSD thrown in free of charge.

    So excited!
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