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SLI and sound card: ASrock Extreme7 Gen3 or GA-Z68X-UD5-B3?

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Hi all,
i'm about to pull the trigger on one of these two boards but feel free to give me some other recommendation (i've considered also the Maximus Extreme but the price difference is pretty high): i'm going to pair it with a 2600K/2700K with watercooling, i'm leaning towards the extreme7 (it's IB ready and has also PCI-E 3) but reading across the web there seem to be more problems with it that there are with the UD5, considering i might to the jump to IB and i will not need 3-way SLI what do you guys think it's best suited for my needs?

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If you aren't planning on 3 way SLI, boards with NF200 are an absolute waste. For two cards or less, the native PCI-E lanes provided by the CPU offer less latency and work great. NF200 additional lanes are only necessary for 3 cards+ .

I would strongly recommend a board without it, such as one of these. They also support PCI-E 3.0 when IB is installed
Edited by Dopamin3 - 11/1/11 at 2:21pm
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In Dopamin3 link there are two board's that stand out and will suite your need's. The Asrock z68 and the asus P8Z68-V. Both worthy and under $210 and IB ready.

The asrock boasting 8 sata port's and 4 of which are sataIII and 8+2 phase change for some really nice overclocks.
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Originally Posted by Dopamin3;15534264 
If you aren't planning on 3 way SLI, boards with NF200 are an absolute waste. For two cards or less, the native PCI-E lanes provided by the CPU offer less latency and work great. NF200 additional lanes are only necessary for 3 cards+ .

I would strongly recommend a board without it, such as one of these. They also support PCI-E 3.0 when IB is installed

You are right, i didn't notice that the extreme7 in 2-way SLI configuration is 16x/16x with NF200 chip, i gave for granted that it used the native PCI-E lanes like the Maximus IV does.
I think i will go with P8Z68 Deluxe or UD5 (i'm also considering a Z68A-GD80 G3 rolleyes.gif).
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Get the ud5
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