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Hey cool, a fellow database developer; thanks so on the memory it doesn't really matter then.

Motherboard wise i was going to go for the Rampage IV extreme but i don't overclock, what are the advantages of the PLX PCIe switches?
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The PLX switches allow you to use up to x16 bandwidth on all 7 of those PCIe x16 slots at the same time. The switches work just like networking switches, they basically do FIFO buffering and route the entire 40 PCIe lanes from the CPU/X79 chipset to the slots that need the bandwidth. That's how the P9X79-E WS can claim 4x video cards in x16 3.0 simultaneously, while the RIVE can only do 16x 8x 8x 8x with 4-way.

For a GPU Compute platform, the P9X79-E WS would be a superior board, but for gaming - the RIVE might still be faster because it doesn't have the added latency incurred by using the PLX switching.

Can't go wrong with either board, although I'd have to say if you're not doing any serious OC and don't need the x16 bandwidth across all slots, you can save a good chunk of money by getting a regular P9X79 WS board. The non-E board will still do Quad SLI/Crossfire, doesn't have the flashy RIVE OC features and colors, and is a solid $100+ cheaper than the RIVE or -E WS.

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Thanks for the explanation.

Well i don't overclock normally, and i don't tend to use multiple graphic cards so i guess either is good.
I'll stick to the Rampage Extreme.

The other X79 boards however are not an option, as i said in my first posts in this thread i need 5 PCIe slots at least, preferrably with one or two spare slots.
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For a GPU Compute platform, the P9X79-E WS would be a superior board

Depends.
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Can't go wrong with either board, although I'd have to say if you're not doing any serious OC and don't need the x16 bandwidth across all slots, you can save a good chunk of money by getting a regular P9X79 WS board. The non-E board will still do Quad SLI/Crossfire, doesn't have the flashy RIVE OC features and colors, and is a solid $100+ cheaper than the RIVE or -E WS.

The P9X79 WS has nearly the same level of OCing options as the Rampage IV, and more than most X79 boards. It also OCs better than most other X79 boards.

Anyway, I agree with the P9X79 WS recommendation. The WS E and Rampage IV Extreme offer no tangible benefits for the OP.
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I'll stick to the Rampage Extreme.

The other X79 boards however are not an option, as i said in my first posts in this thread i need 5 PCIe slots at least, preferrably with one or two spare slots.

The P9X79 WS has room for a dual slot card and five single slot PCI-E cards.
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I am currently assembling my new build and i need help from other rampage users.
I'm finalising the build by putting the additional pci cards in and it won't recognise some, so i need to know which order i have to put them in to make them all work.

the cards are: Gtx 770 gpu(dual slot), ocz revodrive x2, 3 pci-e tunercards.
Situation now: Top pci slot is the gpu, the bottom one is the revodrive, the oen but bottom slot is a tunercard
This combination works, but the other 2 tunercards are not recognised in any of the other slots.

Can someone advise please?
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