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¿Gigabyte Z87 Sniper 5 (E-ATX) vs Bigfoot (Micro ATX)?

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I was first sided to build an E-ATX system based on the Sniper 5, but i was watching the Bigfoot and it's Micro ATX form factor. This pc would sit over my desk, so having micro atx case would save some space for my monitor, then i don't think i would add more than 2 GTX 780, since 3 is not fully optimized and maybe never will. The only thing from Sniper 5 i will miss is the WiFi, but i can buy a pci wifi card for cheap on any store. The Bigfoot just work on 8x 8x for that Sli, i think 8x 8x is enough bandwidth for GTX 780.
post #2 of 13
Do you mean G1 Sniper M5 for mATX, right? You will need a case with 5 PCI extension slots to SLI with that board. Something like Corsair 350D.
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Do you mean G1 Sniper M5 for mATX, right? You will need a case with 5 PCI extension slots to SLI with that board. Something like Corsair 350D.
Yes, actually that was the case i was thinking in, 350D looks nice and has wide clean window, just wondering if i'm loosing too many features goin for Micro ATX.
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Not really. Feature wise, you only lose expansion slots and etc. The only issue is that with first slot GPU arrangement most mATX boards have, you can have problems with big air coolers.
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Not really. Feature wise, you only lose expansion slots and etc. The only issue is that with first slot GPU arrangement most mATX boards have, you can have problems with big air coolers.
I will use H100i for CPU cooling, and reference GTX 780, that's why i though, Heck! im goin just for the micro atx and save some money and space, not goin to do insane Hydrogen cooling neither 3 or 4 way Sli. And is not for lacking budget cause i have enough for a full tower rig, but i just don't see the point goin further micro atx. or am i wrong?
post #6 of 13
You will be fine. Especially since Sniper M5 has the same PCI-E spacing as many ATX boards, so your GPUs won't be right next to each other like on majority mATX boards making them to overheat or go loud.
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You will be fine. Especially since Sniper M5 has the same PCI-E spacing as many ATX boards, so your GPUs won't be right next to each other like on majority mATX boards making them to overheat or go loud.
Good, but i was wondering why they create a Z87 board with 4 way PCI-E if i doubt 4770K could actually manage these crazy GPU horsepower. isn't 4770K a bottleneck for 3 - 4 Way Sli of GTX 780?
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Even if it's a bottleneck (which it's not) what else there is better? It's the fastest quad core CPU on the market. 2011 CPUs sure have 6 cores but they're also slower per core. Not to mention majority of games don't yet even use 4 cores.
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Even if it's a bottleneck (which it's not) what else there is better? It's the fastest quad core CPU on the market. 2011 CPUs sure have 6 cores but they're also slower per core. Not to mention majority of games don't yet even use 4 cores.
That's very true
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Not to mention majority of games don't yet even use 4 cores.
I call BS on that
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