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Now if you want to move to 2011 socket then you can get something like that


even with that, 1 card would end up right against another.
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post #12 of 22
The ASRock Fatality Champion is one of the few boards that allow for a 1-4-7 config. I really wish other manufacturers would make this lane configuration possible.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157318

post #13 of 22
And this being the only other one I could find.

ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157269

post #14 of 22
With three cards the need to watercool is more apparent then two..

Instead of spending lots of money for a board with good spacing you could just watercool and get any old board with 3x 8x PCI-E 3.0 slots and then watercool the CPU also and have amazing temps.
It'd cost a fair bit more though unfortunately..
 
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post #15 of 22
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With three cards the need to watercool is more apparent then two..

Instead of spending lots of money for a board with good spacing you could just watercool and get any old board with 3x 8x PCI-E 3.0 slots and then watercool the CPU also and have amazing temps.
It'd cost a fair bit more though unfortunately..

Watercooling would cost far far more than getting a good board with spacing. Not looking to do watercooling at this time. Don't know if my cards could even take a full cover block (and that's the only way id do it)
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post #16 of 22
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Watercooling would cost far far more than getting a good board with spacing. Not looking to do watercooling at this time. Don't know if my cards could even take a full cover block (and that's the only way id do it)

Yeah I was just putting it out there. I'd only do it like that too myself,

I'm still trying to think of some good 1155 boards with good spacing, unfortunately I don't think there are any though. So I'd probably suggest to go 2011, that and the latency of the extra PLX? chip on the 1155 boards needed for 3 way CFX/SLi
 
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post #17 of 22
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Yeah I was just putting it out there. I'd only do it like that too myself,

I'm still trying to think of some good 1155 boards with good spacing, unfortunately I don't think there are any though. So I'd probably suggest to go 2011, that and the latency of the extra PLX? chip on the 1155 boards needed for 3 way CFX/SLi

socket 2011 is fine, the thing that kills me is the boards with like 7 PCIE x16 slots cost a ton, I don't need 7 slots, just 3 that are spaced well
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post #18 of 22
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socket 2011 is fine, the thing that kills me is the boards with like 7 PCIE x16 slots cost a ton, I don't need 7 slots, just 3 that are spaced well

Yeah I know, but maybe that is your only option? You'll never run out of PCI-E slots though tongue.gif
 
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post #19 of 22
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I think these are my options, keep in mind for the time being I am trying to keep cost down.


1. Get a decent board that supports 2 way crossfire with good spacing, a new case (since mine doesn't support ATX) and be done with the fact that 2x 7950s are probably enough

2. Get a board that supports 3 way and has good spacing for 2, but when I get the third make the switch the water cooling
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post #20 of 22
My advice. I have 3-4 systems with cf. Even with 2 cards i have problem to cool them on air. Especially if they arent blower type cooler. If you want to have 3 cards i think you should aim for a loop too.
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