Originally Posted by HHawk
Hi guys (and gals),
I am planning to do an upgrade soon from X79 (MSI Big Bang xPower II) to X99. I am currently leaning towards Asus as my choice of motherboard.
First and for your information; I will be using a 5930K processor (if I am not mistaken, this is a 40-lane CPU).
Before I continue, I will give you a brief list of components I currently have or will be using for this build:
- Processor: Intel 5930K (already mentioned above)
- Videocards: 2x Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 970 (which will be replaced by 2x EVGA 970 FTW+ soon) - 2x PCIe x16
- Physx: 1x EVGA GTX 650 - PCIe x16
- Audio: Auzentech X-Fi Forte 7.1 - PCIe x1
- Storage: Samsung 256 GB SSD (currently used for OS, games and programs)
- Future: Samsung XP941 256GB M.2 x4 (want to use this in my new build for OS, 1 or 2 games + a few apps)
At first I was looking at the Asus X99-E WS, however given my configuration, I think this will be overkill for me, however I always favoured more PCIe slots (gives you a wider choice of card placement).
Then after doing some more research, I discovered the Asus X99 Deluxe, Asus X99 Pro and Asus X99-S.
If I did my research correct, the main difference between the Deluxe, Pro and S is the extra LAN Port (only on available on Deluxe) and WIFI (only on Deluxe and Pro). I do care, kinda, about the extra LAN port, since I have been using it also on my current MSI board, however it's not a dealbreaker. WIFI I don't need at all. Furthermore I noticed that the Pro-version has "less" PCIe slots. This means, that I will have to decide between the Deluxe and the S version.
So far, I think I am correct with my findings. Please correct me where I am wrong.
Okay, from here it's becoming for me more difficult to understand. I am willing to ditch the Auzentech X-Fi Forte PCIe x1 card if that helps. I have no clue on how onboard audio nowadays sound, actually never used onboard audio in the past and I always used "dedicated" audio cards for this. But since I will need the PCIe slots for what I want, I think it's better to ditch it completely.
Now I will be running the 2x GTX 970's in SLI ofcourse and I expect them both to work at PCIe x16 speeds. That shouldn't be impossible. The Physx card should run at least at PCIe x8 speed. So far this should be possible. Give the information from the Asus website and I quote:
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(actually when I am/was typing this, I made a drawing and I think I got things covered, but don't want to waste this post, so I will continue, to see if I am completely correct)
So since I will be using 2x videocards in SLI, 1x physx card and 1x M.2 x4 card, I shouldn't use PCIe slot #5 (which is shared with M.2 x4). So I am thinking about installing it like this:
- PCIe slot #1: GTX 970 (SLI)
- PCIe slot #2: empty for airflow (or maybe put here the Auzentech X-Fi Forte card?)
- PCIe slot #3: GTX 970 (SLI)
- PCIe slot #4: empty for airflow
- PCIe slot #5: empty for airflow + it's being shared with M.2 x4 card
- PCIe slot #6: GTX 650 (Physx)
In this configuration (I can even install the Auzentech X-Fi Forte PCIe x4 card this way), all videocard slots (#1, #3 and #6) will all run at x16 speed, right?
Also using slot #2 will have no negative impact on the other slots, right? I don't think so, but asking doesn't hurt it.
Other information; I am planning to run the 5930K at or around 4.5 Ghz (with Kraken X60).
Sorry about the long post and probably stupid questions, but I always rather be informed well and get my information right, before I buy stuff.
Just thought of this, while re-reading my own post before submitting it. Won't I run out of "lanes" because of this configration? If so, I might have to re-consider the Asus X99-E WS maybe, or ditch the Auzentech soundcard ofcourse, which was my idea in the first place. Argh.... I hate decisions.
Thank you for your answers, input and (future) ideas.