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Family member is ordering a 4930k and motherboard Sunday or Monday and I'm looking for the best X79 motherboard for Quad-Fire / Quad-SLI. Right now we're looking at the ASUS P9X79-E WS. He (the buyer) would like a motherboard with a water block since everything else will be water cooled and why not. No water blocks currently exist for this ASUS board, but he cares more about performance than a motherboard water block.

I'm open to any suggestions. The RIVE looks like another solid choice and has been the staple of many a high-end multi-GPU system. I read mixed reviews on the EVGA Dark board. The RIVE Black Edition looks awesome, but has zero available information on launch date or price.
    
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He might want to wait for the RIVE Black. It looks like an awesome board. The normal RIVE was amazing and this looks even better. I just with that asus would release some more info on it.
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RIVE and heard Dark is pretty decent despite EVGAs past x79 blunders.
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Asus Black Edition will come late october and the price... god who knows
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Yeah, he's not willing to wait until the end of the month. He needs a newer machine for school (Phenom 955 and GTX 295 isn't cutting it for what he's doing) and is ordering the CPU + board + memory tonight and tomorrow.

So RIVE and the other ASUS board. Looks like those are still the best two options?
    
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post #6 of 7
Well, if his case can support XL-ATX, I'll go MSI Big Bang X-Power, cheaper than most of the Asus boards and performs par and sometimes better but than there is other factors such as aesthetics. There's also the Gigabyte UP4 which can support 4 way and is more value oriented but Ill doubt if his going to have 4 gpu's than he would go for something more on the cheap side.
post #7 of 7
Right now, I think RIVE and the DARK are the two options that are best for a 4930k. You might get more out of your IVY-E cpu with the DARK as it seems ASUS is saving the better bios for their upcoming Black Edition

Ofcourse that is one of my conspiracy theories going on in my brain atm!biggrin.gif

If your friend could somehow wait it out a month, the RIVE BE is the best option. I plan on getting that board upon release.
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