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This is going to be a dumb question, but what is the procedure for replacing the TIM on the nb?

Is the heatsink just stuck on there, held by the factory TIM/adhesive? Or are there some screws holding it in place?

I'm really new to all of this, but I've noticed that quite a few people are replacing the TIM on all the factory heatsinks to improve temps. I'm just not sure how those heatsinks are attached to the board in the first place.
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This is going to be a dumb question, but what is the procedure for replacing the TIM on the nb?

Is the heatsink just stuck on there, held by the factory TIM/adhesive? Or are there some screws holding it in place?

I'm really new to all of this, but I've noticed that quite a few people are replacing the TIM on all the factory heatsinks to improve temps. I'm just not sure how those heatsinks are attached to the board in the first place.
its either with screws or with clamps, should be easy to remove, if you want ill post pics of the process on friday
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On my 3x SLI the process was pretty straightforward. Remove the screws and that's it. The entire heat-pipe assembly came off pretty easy in one move. I was surprised to find that EVGA used some sort of silver compound (probably 2% stuff) instead of that standard and relatively inefficient white silicone gunk. In fact this is the first motherboard I've seen that had silver compound applied to the chipset IC's by the manufacturer, and I've been tinkering with high-end motherboards for a long while.

Just make sure you don't get any of the silver stuff anywhere else while sliding/taking off the heatsinks.





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I got a question for you EVGA X58 758-A1 owners about the PCI-E slots.

If you run two cards in SLI do they both run at 16x or 8x? Or does one run at 16x and the other at 8x? I'm confused because on their site it says: 1 x PCIe x16, 1 x PCIe x8/x16, 1 x PCIe x8, 1 x PCIe x1, 2 x PCI.

 
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I think for 2 cards, it's 16x/16x. I think when you run three cards it goes to 16x/8x/8x.
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Ok now last question what is better the x58 le or the x58 3 sli??
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Ok now last question what is better the x58 le or the x58 3 sli??
its pretty much about personal preference i would say... the 3x sli has more features of the bet, while the le is cheaper in price

and another difference is the pci express setup:

SLI LE :
4 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 (@ x16/x8/x4/x8)

Tri SLI:
1 x PCIe x16, 1 x PCIe x8/x16, 1 x PCIe x8
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I think for 2 cards, it's 16x/16x. I think when you run three cards it goes to 16x/8x/8x.
Okay thanks I was just wondering. I might be joining this group soon.
 
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Ok now last question what is better the x58 le or the x58 3 sli??
x58 3 sli is better since it is backed by a lifetime warranty. The x58 le is only 2 years
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X58 LE does not have (2) PCI-E x16 lanes. The information on NewEgg is incorrect for some reason, so be careful!

Here's a close up of the X58 LE's PCI-E slots. There's only 1 x16 lane.



And here's a little screen cap of the specs from EVGA's site. They also do not mention multiple x16 lanes like they do with say the X58 3X SLI mobo.




For what it's worth, the performance difference between x16 and x8 is not too big, at least according to an article on Tom's Hardware:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...ss,1761-3.html

And if I remember correctly, if you run 1 card on a x16 lane, and another card on an x8 lane, they will both be at x8 speeds. Someone might want to correct me if I'm wrong on this though.

Goodluck with your decision!
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