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Imo the X58a-oc is not a board for the average user or gamer. It was purely designed for dry ice and ln2. Buying one for the sole purpose of air / water would be wasting its talents. Gigabyte has the UD9, UD7, and the G1 series for the average extreme gamer that will fulfill anyones needs better.

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I'm not an average extreme gamer, my primary need is for work, so I'm most concerned with max overclock followed by then keeping my options open to game at 2560x1600. I'm a casual gamer but I do like it to look pretty.

UD9 was a great board even though I don't like nf200 boards in general. Hard to find though because they were limited edition
UD7 no longer for sale on the egg, yes 2nd hand it's a possibility, but again the better rev 1 boards are rare
G1 series - only the more expensive assassin has the right slot combo for me so I'd rather take the OC for $120 less

I think of the 2nd hand boards then my preference order is something like:
UD9, UD7 rev1/R3E, E770 with bonus points for full cover waterblocks. Any other ones I should look at?

Just because the OC is overkill for water, doesn't mean that it's a bad idea if it has the features I need and I don't need anything more than it has. If I buy a new board I'm pretty certain the x58a-oc will be it. However if I get a good deal on something 2nd hand then I'm much more open to alternatives. I'll be pushing a 990x as hard as it can go under water and may even venture into phase down the road.
     
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All EVGA Classified boards, including the E760 and E770, have jumpers to disable individual PCI-E lanes. (Not quite as nice as the physical on-off switches on the R3E and R3B, but they get the job done.) The daughter board which comes with the E759 and E761 also has physical on-off switches to do the same thing.

I've also heard of the 24-pin melt, and I assume that's why the newer flagship boards have the extra molex connector for the PCI-E lanes. My PSU, a Corsair HX1000, is true dual-rail and I've never had a problem, but I'm only running GTX 460s in SLI, so it's not like I'm stressing anything.

As for whether the Gigabyte X58-OC is overkill for water, people said the same thing about the Classified when it came out. All of these boards have features that cater specifically to the LN2 crowd. Look at it this way -- if the mood should ever strike you for some extreme benchmarking, you'll be well prepared.

If you can get your hands on an E770, I'd say go for it. You'll gain USB3 and SATA-6 plus the extra Molex connector. Just note that the SATA-6 controller is the old Marvell 9128 with only one PCI-E lane, so you'll be speed capped if you chose to use it.
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All EVGA Classified boards, including the E760 and E770, have jumpers to disable individual PCI-E lanes. (Not quite as nice as the physical on-off switches on the R3E and R3B, but they get the job done.) The daughter board which comes with the E759 and E761 also has physical on-off switches to do the same thing.

I've also heard of the 24-pin melt, and I assume that's why the newer flagship boards have the extra molex connector for the PCI-E lanes. My PSU, a Corsair HX1000, is true dual-rail and I've never had a problem, but I'm only running GTX 460s in SLI, so it's not like I'm stressing anything.

As for whether the Gigabyte X58-OC is overkill for water, people said the same thing about the Classified when it came out. All of these boards have features that cater specifically to the LN2 crowd. Look at it this way -- if the mood should ever strike you for some extreme benchmarking, you'll be well prepared.

If you can get your hands on an E770, I'd say go for it. You'll gain USB3 and SATA-6 plus the extra Molex connector. Just note that the SATA-6 controller is the old Marvell 9128 with only one PCI-E lane, so you'll be speed capped if you chose to use it.
Thanks yipster good info again. Jumpers are if anything more useful in terms of being easier to attach a switch to. I have some sata 6 pci-x cards that I got with the wd 3tb drives, the only drive I have that would make use of that though is a c300, and that's only really for work in progress and doesn't get taxed that heavily. Cool I'll keep an eye on the for sale section if that E770 price drops maybe I'll go for it, I think I'll skip the E760 though.
     
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You should only get the OC if you want to use LN2, other wise you are wasting money.
Same could be said about the 760. The whole classified lineup was built for LN2 OC. If you just want 4.0-4.2 on air, most cheaper x58 would do.
    
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Same could be said about the 760. The whole classified lineup was built for LN2 OC. If you just want 4.0-4.2 on air, most cheaper x58 would do.
Agreed, I'm not looking at air though. What I'm hoping is to be able to hit 4.9/5.0 24/7 on a 990x.
     
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Same could be said about the 760. The whole classified lineup was built for LN2 OC. If you just want 4.0-4.2 on air, most cheaper x58 would do.
I disagree because it has the nf200 so you get 3 way sli at x16 vs native x58 at x8
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I disagree because it has the nf200 so you get 3 way sli at x16 vs native x58 at x8
I think that was a different board not the 760, possibly the 762 like this:

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The E760 and E770 do not have an nForce chip. The original X58 Classified (E759) model does. Not sure about the 4-way SLI, but I assume that it would have one too.
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I think that was a different board not the 760, possibly the 762 like this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-078-_-Product
That one has 2 nf200 chips
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The E760 and E770 do not have an nForce chip. The original X58 Classified (E759) model does. Not sure about the 4-way SLI, but I assume that it would have one too.
Oh yeah that is the board I was thinking of duh
Edited by GIPrice - 5/16/11 at 4:39pm
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