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Hey guys, and gals. I am trying to find a good board for my future 2500k that allows 2way x16 sli/crossfire. Is there even a such thing? I really do NOT! want to go above 200 usd. I would rather not go above 150, but I dont know that it is possible.

My sig rig motherboard has spoiled me in xfire so I really dont want to lose it. Plus for anyone interested. My sig rig will be parted out soon. I just havent posted it yet. So, some of you may get dibs before then.


Thank you for any help in advance.thumb.gif
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They are all x8/x8 from what I have seen. This is fine, however, as performance doesn't suffer much from x8/x8, but don't go to x4.
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They are all x8/x8 from what I have seen. This is fine, however, as performance doesn't suffer much from x8/x8, but don't go to x4.

Hmm. So, really the asrock gen3 extreme 3 is still the best bang for buck then eh?
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You need to find one with a NF200 chip that "adds" bandwidth (read up a little more on how they do that)

In essence, the Asus P67 WS Revolution, Asus Maximus (both Z68 & P67), Gigabyte UD7 (both), MSI P67 Big Bang Marshall can do x16/x16 SLI/CF, but I don't think you need all that bandwidth, ESPECIALLY if you're on a budget... (I assume you can't afford 2 GTX 590's or such... and even then I'm not sure if x8 will be a limiting factor)
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You need to find one with a NF200 chip that "adds" bandwidth (read up a little more on how they do that)
In essence, the Asus P67 WS Revolution, Asus Maximus (both Z68 & P67), Gigabyte UD7 (both), MSI P67 Big Bang Marshall can do x16/x16 SLI/CF, but I don't think you need all that bandwidth, ESPECIALLY if you're on a budget... (I assume you can't afford 2 GTX 590's or such... and even then I'm not sure if x8 will be a limiting factor)

Im only planning gtx 580s tops.
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In that case, a regular board like the ASRock Extreme4 Gen3 will be just fine. They seem to be selling like hotcakes recently.
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Im only planning gtx 580s tops.

If you're gonna tri-SLI the 580's then you need the NF200. If you're only going to SLI them, then a regular 1155 board should be plenty.

Then there's overkill, two 16x slots with an nf200 chip will be the best you can get if you're going SLI only.
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Im only planning gtx 580s tops.

Yeah, x8/x8 is fine as far as I know, unless someone has seen something to disprove it.

http://forums.hexus.net/graphics-cards/212841-x8-x8-vs-x16-x16.html

However, it depends on the resolution you're gaming at, higher resolutions tend to exhibit a "larger" impact

http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1601836

Edit:

To add to what the people above have said, I'd look for the best board with the best VRMs on this Spreadsheet:

http://www.overclock.net/t/916189/official-intel-p67-z68-motherboard-comparison-list-oc-results

so that you can get a nice stable OC on your CPU without murdering your board. Also take into consideration if the sata ports are angled and the spacing between the PCI-E lanes and the features the board has.
Edited by AchuSaysBlessYou - 1/22/12 at 11:45am
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Yeah, x8/x8 is fine as far as I know, unless someone has seen something to disprove it.
http://forums.hexus.net/graphics-cards/212841-x8-x8-vs-x16-x16.html
However, it depends on the resolution you're gaming at, higher resolutions tend to exhibit a "larger" impact
http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1601836
Edit:
To add to what the people above have said, I'd look for the best board with the best VRMs on this Spreadsheet:
http://www.overclock.net/t/916189/official-intel-p67-z68-motherboard-comparison-list-oc-results
so that you can get a nice stable OC on your CPU without murdering your board. Also take into consideration if the sata ports are angled and the spacing between the PCI-E lanes and the features the board has.

So much to take in at once! lol. I definetly want to clock my 2500k to the moon, and whatever else i can clock. I will only do sli. No higher. I dont see the point in using so much power to gain so little.
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So much to take in at once! lol. I definetly want to clock my 2500k to the moon, and whatever else i can clock. I will only do sli. No higher. I dont see the point in using so much power to gain so little.

Folding baby, folding!!!
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