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Planning on building a crazy system, I'm heading out to pick up a 3770 in a few minutes but can't seem to find any motherboards worth buying for a nice SLI setup.

Am I best off just waiting a month or so for the new ones to come out (I see EVGA has a FTW coming) or is there a board I am missing that'll match up with the flexibility / OC potential / goodness of the Classifieds and Rampage III Extremes I saw with the i7 920s?
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Why do you need x16/x16? x8/x8 is more than enough for you. x16/x16 will introduce latency which will hurt the performance.
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8x/8x with PCI-e 3.0 = 16x/16x with PCI-e 2.0. Considering that, the answer to your question would be any Z77 board.
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Originally Posted by Snowmen View Post

8x/8x with PCI-e 3.0 = 16x/16x with PCI-e 2.0. Considering that, the answer to your question would be any Z77 board.

Been out of it for a while... didn't realize this +rep smile.gif
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Thanks for the question X3NIA, was wondering this myself for a long time, even as far back as P67 chipset. Good to know that my P8Z77V-PRO from ASUS will have superb upgrade potential biggrin.gif
     
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You cannot get a true 16x/16x with any SB or IB cpu. You need SB-E or IB-E (whenever it is released) to have a true 16x/16x.

SB and IB only support 16 total lanes. The nf200 chip can provide extra "synthetic" lanes to the cpu, but in the end the cpu only has 16 total lanes, and therefore the nf200 chip induces extra latency.

But honestly running 8x/8x it is impossible to tell the difference between the two as there is no card that will bottleneck a pcie2.0 lane @ 8x. Maybe the gtx 690 when it is released...but if you are running quad sli (or even a single gtx 690 for that matter) I don't see why you would even consider anything besides SB-E.
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post #7 of 7
The difference between 8x / 8x and 16x / 16x is very marginal. I wouldn't even think you'd notice it.
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