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Good day everyone!

I was wondering for some insight to a build I'm putting together.

The board would be the ASrock Z77 Extreme4 which will be populated with a 670 GTX in the first slot and a 570 GTX in the second (for those games that does PhysX; might get another 670 GTX later).

The website(ASRock) gives the following info (I will be gaming at a res of 1920*1080):

- 2 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots (PCIE2/PCIE3: single at x16 (PCIE2) / x8 (PCIE3) or dual at x8/x8 mode)

So from that info there's no PCIE3 at all in x16 mode(using 2 cards or even 1 card) but only if you use 1 card it will use PCIE2 at x16 mode. Move 2 cards in and you get knocked down to PCIE2 x8/x8 mode?

So I will be running with the 2 cards PCIE2 x8/x8?

Is it not worth it in getting another board that has true PCIE3 x16 on the primary for single card use and when adding another card the board will run at PCIE3 x8/x8?

Thanks for your help on this one guys!
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Cheapest Board that does Pci-e 3.0 16x16 Gigabyte Sniper 3 249$ not much performance difference besides a slight bump in a benchmark i would not worry about it..

Id also sell your 570 and snag another 670.. Not enough games use PhysX to make it worth having a 170$ gpu committed to it.
    
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Good day everyone!
I was wondering for some insight to a build I'm putting together.
The board would be the ASrock Z77 Extreme4 which will be populated with a 670 GTX in the first slot and a 570 GTX in the second (for those games that does PhysX; might get another 670 GTX later).
The website(ASRock) gives the following info (I will be gaming at a res of 1920*1080):
- 2 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots (PCIE2/PCIE3: single at x16 (PCIE2) / x8 (PCIE3) or dual at x8/x8 mode)
So from that info there's no PCIE3 at all in x16 mode(using 2 cards or even 1 card) but only if you use 1 card it will use PCIE2 at x16 mode. Move 2 cards in and you get knocked down to PCIE2 x8/x8 mode?
So I will be running with the 2 cards PCIE2 x8/x8?
Is it not worth it in getting another board that has true PCIE3 x16 on the primary for single card use and when adding another card the board will run at PCIE3 x8/x8?
Thanks for your help on this one guys!

In dual mode it'll be running PCI-E 3.0 @ 8x on each. Which is the equivalent to PCI-E 2.0 @ 16x so it should be fine. I'd almost suggest a UD3H over the AsRock even though it usually costs more. Gigabyte is just more reliable then AsRock from what I've seen and it has a nice PCB on it compared to the AsRock.

I'd say sell the 570 and get a better motherboard to be honest.. A 570 is overkill for physx and will dump heat in your case. There is no point in the 1-2FPS better for all that extra heat/power/space if you've got a nVidia card. If you were getting 2x 7970's I'd say keep it though.
 
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No if you use 2 cards you will get 8x on each slot pcie 3.
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