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Hi guys

I think this belongs here
This is the motherboard I want to buy for 2x 16 running at x16 PCI2.0.
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3900#sp

But if I want 16 + 16 and not 8+8 i have to put it on the first 2 pci slots, but they are so close together. Im thinking of VaporX but how are they going to suck in air or even work properly.

isnt thier a larger motherboard or motherboard with a wide pci 16 slots available?

Thank you
post #2 of 8


you use the first and third slots.

the second and fourth are x4 slots

and try to find a heatsink for the vrm, it will help if you are overclocking, plus the holes are already there.
Edited by Master__Shake - 3/25/13 at 8:12pm
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the vrm is on the videocard right?
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post #5 of 8
buy the ud3 or something else if you plan to overclock, this board has 4+1 phase design and wont be adequate for oc. what cpu do you plan to add?

https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AgN1D79Joo7tdE9xMUFlMEVWeFhuckJEVF9aMmtpUFE&gid=3
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Thank you smile.gif sorry for noob questions, ive changed my mind to the

Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 because it has 2x 16.0 PCI slots so they wont go 8+8 I think that has 8+2 phase and some heatsinks ...I think, ill look into it tongiht as im at work
post #7 of 8
good choice, im thinking about buying the same or an extreme4 or maybe go overkill with the crosshair!

the link I posted before should help, I always look for the better phase design, vrm cooling and compare with prices
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If you want a more space between the cards, I fear you have to settle with either the Asus Crosshair V or the MSI 990FXA-GD80. Both let you have two brackets of space between two cards in Crossfire, while most boards (my Sabertooth 990FX for example) leave you with one bracket. However, both of these high-end boards are pretty expensive.
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