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SLI work across 2.0 and 3.0?

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July 17, 2012 8:42:59 PM

Hey I'm getting a new motherboard, this to be precise http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-p8z77-v-lx-intel-z7...(x16)-dvi-d-hdmi-d-sub-(vga)- . However it's only got one PCI 3.0 slot and one PCI 2.0 slot. I have a GTX 480 and since they are quite cheap now I might consider getting another one in SLI if i need it instead of spending like £400 on a new harddrive. Though I'm not sure if SLI would work if one card was in PCI 3.0 and the other in the PCI 2.0 slot.

Thanks :) 

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July 17, 2012 8:46:49 PM

That is not an SLi capable board, as denoted by the big red "x" in the specification list.
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July 17, 2012 8:55:10 PM

a1an, if the board was free, give it back - get a board that supports SLI
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July 17, 2012 9:48:06 PM

Ok sorry about that... and nope board wasn't free. Well what would you say I should do? Do you think I'm better off getting this motherboard http://www.scan.co.uk/products/msi-z77a-gd65-intel-z77-...(x16)-d-sub-dvi-d-hdmi-atx which is more £50 and end up getting a gtx480 further down the line or getting the motherboard I linked originally and just getting a brand new graphics card? I'm not quite sure how the GTX 480 will do me in the next year or year after that... I'll be using 8gb of ddr3 RAm and a 3570 cpu running games at 1080P
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July 17, 2012 10:14:16 PM

So that I understand this straight... you purchased the non-SLI motherboard already, but can return it and for 50 pounds more get a motherboard that supports SLI (the MSI) - so that in the future you can get another GTX480 to SLI with your current card?

If that's the scenario, I would do that. The MSI is a better board to begin with, and SLI 480's will serve you well.
July 17, 2012 10:21:08 PM

No I've not bought the non SLI board yet. :)  Would you still say get the MSI board? I'm just trying to future proof myself for a couple of years. :) 
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July 17, 2012 10:21:44 PM

Yeah, i would go with the MSI either way
July 17, 2012 10:22:35 PM

Well I just read your post again and the scenario doesn't really seem different so I guess I've got my answer haha
July 17, 2012 10:23:27 PM

Oh you already replied... thank you :) 
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