Originally Posted by theemonopolyguy
But that says it supports crossfire. Will it not work with SLI then? I get confused about that stuff...
-edit- sorry for all the noobish kinda questions
. Better safe than sorry
When spending money on a new system, genuinely stupid questions don't come very often. Better to get educated and have the satisfaction of knowing you made the right choices!
When it comes to Crossfire or SLi, you have to pick one or the other unless your money tree is getting ripe and you want a Skulltrail.
Crossfire is native to Intel chipsets and to get both lanes at x16, you'll need an X38.
SLi is exclusive to Nvidia chipsets. To get dual x16 with SLi, look to the 680i, 750i, and 780i.
If you don't think you'll be getting a hi-res (1600x1200 or above) monitor and will be utilizing multiple video cards, P35 all the way! Abit, Gigabyte, and DFI all make very nice boards at even nicer prices. If you are going with the monitor and dual cards, go X38. It gives you the stablitiy and overclocking potential of the P35 but with dual x16 and native 45nm support.
If you go the Nvidia route, I'm sorry but the best of luck to you. I've had four Nvidia boards (three 680i and even a 780i) buy the farm on me in the last year or so. It almost goes without saying that when I see the DOA rate on Newegg reviews I don't question their accuracy. It seems that some get lucky and get nice examples that are stable and overclock well and others end up in situations like me. I try to be subjective in my recommendations but after my hands-on, I can't honestly recommend an Nvidia board. If you must have SLi, buy from XFX or eVGA so you have a nice warranty to back you up in the event something goes wrong.