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Hi mates,

I was thinking about my next build (which will be in a year or so if I don't blow anything up), and as I'm tired of HUGE computers and want something rather small, I'm forced to get a mATX board.

I've decided that I will be Crossfiring a couple of cards instead of getting a single GPU, because AMD's scaling has really improved in the latest gen, and that trend is prone to continue in HD7-8 series. Unless price tells me otherwise ofc. But I still want CFX support.


So there goes my question: Is there any decent AM3+ board that can run Crossfire and withstand heavy overclocking without blowing up?

Don't worry about heat since the whole system ('cept the board) is gonna be watercooled.


Been searching and found the MSi 890GXM-G65, but it's a crappy 4phase design, and I don't like MSi boards that much.


Any board on sight that can rock my rig?

I take for granted the CPU will be a Komodo, that's why I ask here. It is subject to change if the Intel alternative provides a significant performance gap while keeping cost reasonable, though.



Thanks!
   
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I have never heard of a mATX board that even had 2 PCI-E slots. also finding a decent 8+ phase 140w VRM in anything but full ATX or SR-2 (extended ATX) is going to be difficult. Plus how do you plan on fitting a full water cooler in a mATX case? It seems like trying to build a powerful OCed small rig would be more trouble than its worth
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Why does Intel get the nice things!!

They have 8phase, 3x PCIe X16 mATX boards!!

How do I plan fitting it into a mATX case? There's no mATX case!! I'll build a custom one

The idea is fitting a 360 rad inside. Perfect because I can use the space besides the motherboard and the case wall to place my optical and hard drives.

Still in the drawing/CADing stage though.


Anyway, thanks
   
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Originally Posted by DSP1 View Post
I have never heard of a mATX board that even had 2 PCI-E slots
Are you even kidding?

Nice W/C mATX build HERE
Edited by superj1977 - 10/6/11 at 1:36pm
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Are you even kidding?

Nice W/C mATX build HERE
Not an AMD board though
   
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Not an AMD board though
There only appears to be the MSI you found and thats x8 lanes

That sucks bad
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Yeah :/

Here's hope BD delivers and manufacturers start pushing those mATX boards... I really want a tiny monster
   
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Man, I want the same thing so bad. If intel can get a nice mATX board why can't we?
post #9 of 12
Do not get that MSI motherboard. Lots of reports of it spewing fire when it is over volted.
I have one and got a stable overclock of my PII X4 up to 3.9Ghz at stock voltage, but I don't dare give it any more volts to go higher.

There really aren't any great overclocking mATX AMD boards I'm sad to say. Biostar had one that is very hard to find. I believe it was a TA890GXE or something like that, but it only has 1 x16 slot.
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I'm aware of the self-igniting MSi boards
And not overclocking a processor should be considered a crime!!! ù_ú

It sucks though that there aren't many boards around... As if AMD users didn't exist u_u


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AudioAudio
SMSL SA-S3+Technics CB-250 Sennheiser HD555 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
AMD A10-5700 Gigabyte F2A75M-HD2 G.SKILL Ares 2133 CL9 Hitachi 5K750 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Momentus .7 200GB Noctua NH-L9a Server 2012 R2 Standard AUO B156HW01 
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PicoPSU-80-WI-25V AIO Aluminium Handmade TP-Link Archer Something Something Wi-Fi AC 
CPUCPUCPUMotherboard
Core2Duo E6400 Core2Quad Q6600 Pentium Dual Core E5200 AsRock 4COREDUAL-SATA2 R2.0 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveOptical Drive
A dumpload of ancient AGP cards Kingston Value DDR2-667 CL4 2T @CL3 1T Seagate 160GB 7200.10 LG IDE DVD-ROM 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Ghettomade CPU waterblock 49cc 2stroke engine copper radiator WinXP SP2 32bit ProView 17" 
PowerCase
Tacens Radix V 550W Ghetto aluminium bench 
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