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Good motherboard for crossfiring 2 7970s & 3770k

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October 5, 2012 12:53:53 PM

I'm mainly concerned about the issue with crossfiring these cards
I hear you need to leave a space / slot in between them due to heat / thickness

Which motherboard is good for 2 7970's and compatible with i7 3770k?
I may do a little overclocking nothing too crazy.

Spending between 150-250 preferably on the lower end.

The one im looking at now is the ASUS P8Z77-V PRO
but will this give me the proper spacing for these cards?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-131-819

Thanks

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October 5, 2012 1:27:24 PM

TheBigTroll said:
first of all, get a i5 3570k. i7s are useless unless you are doing video rendering or editing.

the z77-v pro is fine. but the funny thing is that the one with thunderbolt is cheaper so why not
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks, I plan on using eyefinity with 3 monitors at a high res.

I just heard that with such high resolutions the x8/x8 with that board would give a noticable drop vs a x16x16 board.

Quote from a year ago on these forums:
"the only real performance drop you would see is if you had exactly that: a multi monitor setup with a big resolution. There the bandwidth starts to come into play. Unfortunately I can't remember exactly what the percentage drop was, but it was significant enough to give pause. If you are looking for an eyefinity setup, I would wait until the next socket intel is releasing this year. It'll give you the x16/x16 slots"

Forgot to mention half my time is workstation use with 3d modeling apps: Maya / 3ds max / zbrush / cry engine etc.
So yes to vid editing as well.

Can you please recommend a board like this one but with proper spacing and 16's?
Thanks!
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October 5, 2012 1:30:39 PM

oh ok. go ahead with the i7

thats pretty much false. 8x 8x is normal for any z77 motherboard. the ones with a plx chip which provides more bandwidth would have more latency since it has to go to a switching chip before going to the card. and the fact that the cards cannot even use pci-e 2 effectively means that 8x 8x is more than enough
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October 5, 2012 1:30:59 PM

and this is how most motherboards are spaced out. its perfectly normal
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October 5, 2012 1:39:43 PM

Wow never been helped by a troll before!
Is there a particular heat sink / cooling you recommend for this setup?
Thanks very much really appreciate the help :pt1cable: 
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a c 75 V Motherboard
October 5, 2012 1:45:11 PM

you can price match your motherboard at us.ncix, buy the cooler, and get free shipping
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