Originally Posted by Joa3d43
....as already stated, the MVE (with Plex and 5 PCIe) is a 'specialty board', but it (and for that matter its very similar Rampage 4 X79) come with some unique features that I find highly useful.
First, the PCIe slots
...both the MVE and the Gigabyte Z77 counterpart, the UP7, are geared towards two sub markets (and we happen to fit both here). The first is the 'speed' market, what with LN2 profiles on the MVE / Rampage IV X79, voltage read-out points, OC key for overlay and OF COURSE over-volting features for multiple VGA cards (hard-wired PLUS BIOS)...what is also great is the ability to switch off lanes on the board, without taking extra cards out...when you run tri-SLI and quad-SLI, and water-cool, you'll have a serious jungle of power cables and cooling tubes that can get in the way of moving things around...never mind the Bios profiles of those boards which can be a bit overwhelming but nonetheless, if you are into speed - that's what you want.
...the second sub market is actually a small but growing niche of 'semi-commercial'...given the price of these boards, they end up in the 'WS Work Station' market as well. When 'I am done with the fun' re both the MVE Z77 and Rampage IV X79, they'll be moved to a Virtual Machine (VM) complex that already includes 6x 3770 (non-K) machines...the extra PCIe lanes become very handy there as hub machines that will get PCIe cards with 4x Intel 10 Gigabit NICs each and Hard drive clusters (LSI cards)...still too early in the game to figure out if our type of proprietary software can also be easily ($ cost) enough re-written to benefit from 'Tesla' / Intel Phi type co-processing - but for either, we again would need extra PCIe slots.
There is no doubt that boards like the ROGs M-V-E and R-IV-E are not meant for the main stream - ditto for the Gigabyte UP7...but they do have market(s) nonetheless, and are very much appreciated
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Yeah, Good- Since im trying to find a good home, a permanent home for my Delidded IVY BRIDGE chip, I am certainly looking way down the road and trying to anticipate what i will want then. It's really pretty simple: I want a benching, gaming, rendering, oced, wc, ivy platform. and in a year or more, after i get haswell, this will be just a Cinema 4d render client. and that will be my benching, gaming, rendering, oced, wc, platform.