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So I am about to order the Gigabyte X58A-UD7 but I have a couple of questions:

1.)I have 6950 Twin Frozr III Crossfire and I know that I can run both cards on
x16 PCI ....the 1st and 3rd PCI slot can deliver x16 speed the only problem is that I don´t know if there will be enough space between both cards to have good air supply if mounted in the 1st and 3rd slot.
I hope you can clarify the dimensions a little bit

2.)I was also considering the X58 OC but because of the unfitting color theme I chose the UD7...I wanted to ask if there were significant differences in performance and overclockability between both boards.


Hope you can answer both questions
(Please put special consideration to the first one^^)

Thx
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Originally Posted by Kung Pow View Post
So I am about to order the Gigabyte X58A-UD7 but I have a couple of questions:

1.)I have 6950 Twin Frozr III Crossfire and I know that I can run both cards on
x16 PCI ....the 1st and 3rd PCI slot can deliver x16 speed the only problem is that I don´t know if there will be enough space between both cards to have good air supply if mounted in the 1st and 3rd slot.
I hope you can clarify the dimensions a little bit

2.)I was also considering the X58 OC but because of the unfitting color theme I chose the UD7...I wanted to ask if there were significant differences in performance and overclockability between both boards.


Hope you can answer both questions
(Please put special consideration to the first one^^)

Thx
For question 1 the ud7 is a pretty tight fit, the top card (or cards) do not get much breathing room on air. attaching a pic of 3 cards installed.
I'll have to see about the OC yet, hoping to pick one up on the weekend.
    
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So I am about to order the Gigabyte X58A-UD7 but I have a couple of questions:

1.)I have 6950 Twin Frozr III Crossfire and I know that I can run both cards on
x16 PCI ....the 1st and 3rd PCI slot can deliver x16 speed the only problem is that I don´t know if there will be enough space between both cards to have good air supply if mounted in the 1st and 3rd slot.
I hope you can clarify the dimensions a little bit

2.)I was also considering the X58 OC but because of the unfitting color theme I chose the UD7...I wanted to ask if there were significant differences in performance and overclockability between both boards.


Hope you can answer both questions
(Please put special consideration to the first one^^)

Thx
Did the last thread you made not answer this question?
it should have since you asked the same thing over and over.
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Did the last thread you made not answer this question?
it should have since you asked the same thing over and over.
Wow you´d guess a guy with 615 rep would understand the concept of only posting when having something useful to say well , I guess you can never know.

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So SLI/CF in slot 1 and slot 3 on the UD7 is a tight fit ?

crap...

Is there any way I could run SLI/CF in slot 1 and 4 and still have 2x 16x PCI speed?


The best alternative to the UD7 would be the OC ....I hate the Orange LED´s -.-
Is there a way to turn the LED´s off?^^
How would the OC do with SLI/CF...how are the 16x speeds conditions for SLI/CF on the OC?
Edited by Kung Pow - 5/18/11 at 10:01am
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The last thread did get pretty frustrating, with some of the overclockers telling you one thing & gigabyte tech support saying different. Although you have to remember, the tech support guys can really only tell you what you can read anywhere else, chances are pretty slim you would actually speak to a tech who has the board & overclocks.
Even if a tech knew that the board overclocks better, he couldn't say so, if he did & you didn't do any better with the board (still depends on the chip & skill of the user) you would have an argument to return it & the tech you spoke to gets in trouble.

Looking at hwbot the OC does look superior to the ud7 in performance & overclocking at the extreme level, but haven't seen much for 24/7 stable kind of performance, I can really only go with what sin says. He does use all the gigabyte boards & looks at them in depth, so I tend to trust what he says.
We'll really have to wait for more people to get them & see the kind of results you're looking for, ordered mine this morning, can pick it up Saturday (or earlier if i can get a short workday Friday) & compare it to the ud7 a bit better.
    
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OMG lol another thread?
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No you guys are right forget all about the oc vs ud7 question it is settled sry I am just so eager about negating any possible probability of me not knowing something about it..hope you can exuse me enthusiasm


My real problem is this now:
I have 2x6950 TWFIII and my problem is that I need wide PCI spacing so the cards can breathe.

Since the UD7 is the king I immediately got informed about its PCIE capability and it turns out the first and third slot are x16 PCIE ...problem is that it is too much of a tight fit for the cards and they wouldn´t be able to breathe enough.

Since the only board which can match/outclass the UD7 and has 4x PCI slots is the X58 OC (without going UD9/SR2) I had to check that out.

My main problem were the orange LED´s.
I asked Sin if I could turn them of but he already told me that I could unplug them.
Because the orange color would mess up my entire color theme.
So Sin confirmed that any orange LED could be negated! except the display though I think.
So how exactly would that work?
Would I have to remove the coolers for SB/NB and then unplug them?
Or are the plugs visible on the board as it is?



Also Sin cleared up another important thing:

So it is standard procedure on all X58 4xPCI slot boards that the 1st and 3rd slot are powered with x16.
Now the OC has much wider spacing between the slots which is perfect for my Twin Frozr III CF setup.
Sin said I could run the 1st and 3rd or 2nd and 4th at x16 which is great actually.

Since I cannot realize how much space their would be if my two Twin Frozrs were installed on slot 1 and 3 I don´t know how much space would be between them.
I hope a member with the OC in posession can clear that up.
Stanard SLI bridge hopefully reaches both cards ^^ because the spacing between the board is huuuge^^
Edited by Kung Pow - 5/19/11 at 12:17am
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A Gigabyte tech told me that on the UD7 the 1st and 3rd PCIE slot could be operated with x16 speeds but if I added something else even if it only was a sound card one of the x16 slots would immediately turn into x8.

I am wondering if that is also the case with the OC?
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