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So the MB I have is the GIGABYTE P67A-UD7 the first version of this board which is the one I have was known to have a defect in the Marvell Controller and they issued a re-call and gave the new version out free of charge of course which is the GIGABYTE P67A-UD7-B3 if I'm not mistaken. The chance of it going bad is slim I was told by the Gigabyte rep but its a possibility I've had the board for a little over a year and I think it's finally starting to go out on me.

Especially while gaming the system will lock up and I will get BSOD Code 0x000000F4, I did some research and apparently its either the SSD I use or the Controllers on my MB. Since I know that the MB already is prone I'm leaning to that but is there any way that I can be sure 100% that it's either or before I buy a new board?

Also I never switched out the board before because of the time it would take to get the new board + I knew that I would upgrade soon in the future so I was kinda just riding it out until then.

And lastly can any one point me to a board where I can run 2 GPUs and both of them be in x16 slots and not one is x16 and one in x8? Atm I run 1 7970 but plan on getting a second 7970 in the near future for crossfire. Maybe I'm looking wrong but if I do find one they always seem so close that the only way to fit them would be by taking the Air coolers off and putting on water blocks. But I'm trying to avoid this as my system is an Air cooled one.
Edited by Vita - 11/12/12 at 7:17pm
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I can't really help you with the controller issue, but I have read that Marvell controller's on P67 boards have issues and yours could very well be on its way out. As for a new board, what is your budget?
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hmm I'd say 400 would be my ceiling.
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Here are some boards within your price range that will do 16x with dual GPU's:
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP7
ASUS P8Z77 WS
ASRock Z77 Extreme9
ASRock Z77 WS
Gigabyte G1.Sniper3

There aren't many Z77 boards that support 16x/16x, but all the ones I listed above do, so Its going to come down to personal preference and the features you need to decide on which one you want to go with. Hope this helps!
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is Z77 the only chipset that will support dual x16?

Also would I be able to fit 2 GIGABYTE 7970 Windforces' Side by side on the x16/x16/x8/x8 boards? I know the x16/x0/x16/x0 one will since there is a huge space in between the 2 slots that do x16 but wondering about the others.
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is Z77 the only chipset that will support dual x16?
Also would I be able to fit 2 GIGABYTE 7970 Windforces' Side by side on the x16/x16/x8/x8 boards? I know the x16/x0/x16/x0 one will since there is a huge space in between the 2 slots that do x16 but wondering about the others.

Z77 is not the only chipset that does, but there aren't any boards with any other chipset (Z68 or P67) avaliable on Newegg at the moment that support dual GPU's @ 16x. As for spacing you can put windforce cards up next to each other, but a 16x/0x/16x/0x setup is going to cool a lot better.
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