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As the title says, I'm looking for a good SLI motherboard known to hit 3.6 Ghz + with quads.

I've been looking at the 680i reference boards currently.. but I would want used since I don't really want to spend too much on a new board.

I don't think the 780i would be necessary in this case, considering I heard somewhere that only upper end cards (GTX's / Ultra's ) only support TRI SLI -- not to mention that with 3 Cards you'd have a tough time trying to fit your X-Fi in there.

So if someone could recommend me a board to suit my needs it would help me greatly..

I like the EVGA 680i A1 because it's won many awards and it seems to suit my needs, however it's quite expensive, and I can't find many used on ebay...

It's a little tough because there's a ton of 680i's out there...

for example there's another XFX 680i LT on ebay going for 120.00...is that any good?

some small requirements:
SLI (two x16 PCI-E slots at minimum)
tons of SATA ports,
at least one ATA-100 Port
Maybe some sort of a RAID controller
well made
good Manufacturer.

Thanks guys...

Shawnj0
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evga 680i?
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You might be able to hit 3.6Ghz on you Quad using the 680i, but it won't come easy. The 680i is known not to be the best of a clocker for quads. Your only option for your requirements at this time is to get either a 780i or a 790i.

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Either a EVGA 680i A1 or 780i EVGA or XFX, Stay away from Asus Nvidia boards.
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The 680i A1 is the best quad overclocking board. (Next to all recent Intel boards) The T1 is a cheaper, lighter version, it might not get as high clocks, but it's 100-150 cheaper.
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thanks for all the help guys. REP + for all..

I just pretty much want SLI, without losing my 3.6 Already. I'm using a P35 Chipset now, so I'm just worred that when I switch over I won't be able to hit 3.6.

I also don't want to pay the 200.00 bucks The EVGA 680i A1's go for on newegg. I think
it's rather pricy...

Thanks anyway guys..
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http://www.evga.com/products/bstock.asp
Keep checking here for a A1.
    
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post #8 of 13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by JustMe2 View Post
http://www.evga.com/products/bstock.asp
Keep checking here for a A1.
Thanks man! I clicked on the regular 680i, and it said it was on backorder!
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Originally Posted by Tae View Post
You might be able to hit 3.6Ghz on you Quad using the 680i, but it won't come easy. The 680i is known not to be the best of a clocker for quads. Your only option for your requirements at this time is to get either a 780i or a 790i.

Tae
That 790i is REALLLLLLY going to hurt your wallet though.. OUCH
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What about the Asus P5N-E SLi? It's a nice OCer and from personal experience is very stable.
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