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Thanks for the quick feedback all. Little bit more from me ...

Though I probably never will go SLI/XFire, I'd still rather pick up a board with the ability to do it if I want.

The ASRock 970 seems to be well-liked but shouldn't I be going for a 990 chipset?

@McLeod
I was really trying to keep it under $200 for a new board and 2x4GB RAM. I have always been an ASUS fan myself though and did take a look at that board initially. The info on the Vishera chips being AM3+ doesn't seem to be set in stone though and I'm wary of some last minute change or delay that results in me having to scrap this great new expensive board I have in a years time for one reason or another. Maybe I haven't read enough or my fears are simply unfounded?

In that case, check out the ASRock 990FX. I really like ASRock boards. I had a midrange 780G board from them and I beat the ever luvin' crap outta that thing. I'm talking a 6 core X6 at 4GHz at 1.6 volts on a board that was never built to handle a 6 core much less 1.6 volts but this thing never so much as whimpered. I couldn't get it stable but its still a testament to that things durability. I'd buy another no problem.

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post #12 of 25
then diffently look at a refurbished Sabertooth

http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=SABERTOOTH-990FX-BO-R&cat=MBB
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then diffently look at a refurbished Sabertooth
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=SABERTOOTH-990FX-BO-R&cat=MBB

Thanks for the suggestion. I did look at that on Geeks.com but getting a refurb board scares the crap outta me.
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that is what I have you still have a seller warrenty and manufacture warrenty of 5 years
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Thanks for the suggestion. I did look at that on Geeks.com but getting a refurb board scares the crap outta me.

Me too. Im sure there are lots of guys that have bought refurb gear and had no problem. Im not going to be one of them especially with something as important as the motherboard. For that, Ill go ahead and pay the extra to get the best quality I can.
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And i have the Little brother to the GA-990FXA as i was on a budget
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128510
+1, or an open box for $98 thumb.gif
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128510R
That's what I got^ It came with everything except an I/O shield and works perfectly

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then diffently look at a refurbished Sabertooth
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=SABERTOOTH-990FX-BO-R&cat=MBB
If you don't want the refurb, how about the open box? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131736R


Both those open box boards were in stock when I bought mine a few weeks ago, I don't know if they've gone out and back in stock, but they're probably in stock a lot.
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I keep coming back and looking at that Sabertooth guys but I have one question that y'all can probably clear up for me.

The Sabertooth has 3xPCIE2 at x16 or x16,x8,x8 but something like the Gigabyte 990FXA has 4 of them at x16,x16,x4,x4. If I do actually SLI/XFire at some point with this board (with two older gen cards most likely), am I really getting twice the multiplier for the GIgabyte board or does it not really work out that way?
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On older cards x8 will not bottleneck you. I think with a 580 even x4 will only bottleneck a little bit.

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http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/pcie-geforce-gtx-480-x16-x8-x4,2696.html
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5458/the-radeon-hd-7970-reprise-pcie-bandwidth-overclocking-and-msaa
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gigabyte amd boards don't clock as good as asus ph34r-smiley.gif
I run an m4a89gtd-pro (It and ch4 are am3+ compatible)
 
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I keep coming back and looking at that Sabertooth guys but I have one question that y'all can probably clear up for me.
The Sabertooth has 3xPCIE2 at x16 or x16,x8,x8 but something like the Gigabyte 990FXA has 4 of them at x16,x16,x4,x4. If I do actually SLI/XFire at some point with this board (with two older gen cards most likely), am I really getting twice the multiplier for the GIgabyte board or does it not really work out that way?


on the sabertooth in SLI or crossfire you have 2 x16 slots its when you want to run 3 or 4 gpus that it starts to use lower slots
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