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G1 Sniper 3...

X8 X16 X8.
.. Has an audio card on board.. Built for gaming... 269$ New..
    
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Originally Posted by KaRLiToS View Post

PLX PEX 8747 (Maximus V Extreme has PLX chip)

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I don't recommend running in x8 / x8 / x4


but that is old and those boards are gen 2 not gen 3

the difference between runinng 4x pcie 2.0 and 4x pcie 3.0 is not that high right ?

z77 nativelt supports 8x 3.0 4x 3.0 4x 3.0 but my particular board will do 8x 3.0 8x 3.0 4x 2.0
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Originally Posted by Hokies83 View Post

G1 Sniper 3...

X8 X16 X8.
.. Has an audio card on board.. Built for gaming... 269$ New..

i see you have it and you like it a lot biggrin.gif
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guys if you look here the hit from using 8x 3.0 to 4x 2.0 is not very big just a couple of frames actually !!

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Intel/Ivy_Bridge_PCI-Express_Scaling/11.html

the hit is very very minimal, it doesn't make sense spending a lot of money on a new board just to avoid that minimal hit ? because i already have the 3rd card and the PSU to power it all up
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Originally Posted by invincible20xx View Post

guys if you look here the hit from using 8x 3.0 to 4x 2.0 is not very big just a couple of frames actually !!

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Intel/Ivy_Bridge_PCI-Express_Scaling/11.html

the hit is very very minimal, it doesn't make sense spending a lot of money on a new board just to avoid that minimal hit ? because i already have the 3rd card and the PSU to power it all up

I posted those charts my in previous post. biggrin.gif






But personnally, I wouldn't accept playing on x4 lane even if you only loose 10 fps. I always head for the maximum. You better stay with 2 x 7970 in my opinion. You would have to test it.

I had:
  • 3 x 5870
  • 3 x 6970
  • 4 x 7970


And never put any of these cards in a x4 lane. And I had those 6970s and 5870s in a x58 platform


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post #36 of 51
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Originally Posted by DeXel View Post

Yea, 16 lanes for desktop ones, and 20 lanes for Xeons.

What PLX does it basically acts as a buffer between cards with 32 lanes. In other words, cards communicate with each other at full speed, and then the signal is being send to the CPU through 16 lanes available by fast switching.

Some info here.

As some mentioned, PCI-E X4 2.0 is a bottleneck, and the review that I gave you, they most likely used CPU's X4 lanes. Usage of PCH lanes will introduce extra performance hit.

However, you already have 3rd 7970, so why won't you plug it in and compare some benchmarks?

because of the space i will need to water cool for that to happen, but i'm planning on water cooling anyways
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post #37 of 51
Best board go with up7 or mve, sniper 3 will work nicely as well if you can find one.
 
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post #38 of 51
Try it out if you have the card. What's the worst that could happen?


What's wrong with putting your soundcard here?
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Try it out if you have the card. What's the worst that could happen?


What's wrong with putting your soundcard here?

the cpu cooler havik 140 is too big to use that slot comfortably, the sound card can be put there but it's back will be "almost" touching the heat sink

i can't try it unless i water cool because the 3rd card will hit the bottom mounted psu
Edited by invincible20xx - 4/4/13 at 12:50am
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Use a PCIe Extender



Or PCI Extender (depending on what kind of Sound Card you have )

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