Originally Posted by Robilar
The best overclocking SLI board is the Asus P5N32-E. The 650i version, the Asus P5N-E actually also overclocks better than the EVGA or other brands of 680i/650i chipset boards.
The dual 8x8x as opposed to dual 16x16x SLI paths make no discernable difference with an SLI setup. That said, go for the asus 680i over the 650i for sheer overclocking performance.
I've owned and built over a dozen systems with the asus boards and several with the EVGA. Asus is the right choice.
1) Correct about the 8x vs 16x, it's really pointless lol!
2) He can't afford the 680i Asus, only the EVGA
3) Asus IS the right choice.
4) Pauldovi loves to hate on SLI.
He says SLI and budget don't go together. Untrue.
My point is this. You buy the board for it's SLI capability, not to use it right now.
I bought mine for SLI - but went with a single 7600GT.
Yes, I could SLI it. But right now, I don't need to. And the prices are dumb to buy a single 7600GT I might as well save. Now picture this - I save some more cash, and SLI 8800GTX when they come down in price. Yet I saved money on my "budget board". So yes, SLI + budget DO go together.
Get the 650i.
Robilar and I will fight to the death someday. lol.
We have the only two motherboards in Intel section to be "stickied".
We both started threads to maintain a "community" for our boards.
The P5N32-E is clearly a slightly
It all comes down to - do you have the cash for it.
And going by your original post, you want the budget.
The P5N-E comes DAMN CLOSE (By this I mean on average ~3FPS difference) in real world benchmarks, sometimes exceeding the P5N32-E (who knows how...)
Robilar ... thumbs up to you for all you've done for the P5N32-E
We really found the cream of the crop eh?
Your board is amazing. I just spent less. lol!
(PS darn you and your dual lan! Nothing my PCI LAN card won't stop tho O_O)