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Looking forward to seeing your build come together. Are you gonna make a build log?
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I'm going to try this time. I tried to take pics last time to do one, but failed because I was forgetting to stop and document.

I think I'm also going to replace the TIM on the Northbridge too!
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I have been researching and I am focusing in on the EVGA boards.

What's everyone's experience with watercooling techniques, and overclockability on the different series of boards. (ie. LE, SLI, Confidential)

I got my eyes set on the LE because I don't need the e-Sata ports on the SLI, and the Confidential - (EATX) is too long for my case.

Anyways, I figured I'd ask the ones who'd know best. The owners club.
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Really I have nothing bad to say about the LE. I've been running it since around christmas, and it's been superb. The only reason (in my opinion of course) to get the 3x SLI board over the LE, is if your running 3 GPU's. The layout is better on the 3x for multi GPU configs, but the LE is great for 1 or 2 GPU's.
Overclock ability seems to be about the same. I've seen some higher clocks on the 3x SLI, but I don't think anybody in this group has tried to take their LE to the brink.
Either way, I don't think you can go wrong. They are both very solid and capable boards.
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I have been researching and I am focusing in on the EVGA boards.

What's everyone's experience with watercooling techniques, and overclockability on the different series of boards. (ie. LE, SLI, Confidential)

I got my eyes set on the LE because I don't need the e-Sata ports on the SLI, and the Confidential - (EATX) is too long for my case.

Anyways, I figured I'd ask the ones who'd know best. The owners club.
The LE and SLI have a locked BLCK, compared to the Classified which is unlocked. I don't remember the exact upper limit of the BLCK on the LE and SLI boards, but it is AT LEAST 210...which would get you an overclock of 4.4GHz on a i7 920 chip with a 21x multiplier.

I don't know about the SLI, but on the LE, the Northbridge runs a little hot compared to other boards. There is no direct replacement heatsink for the NB, but some have been able to strap on generic heatsinks, and point fans to control temps. If you are going to watercool, there are actually some nice blocks to cool the board:

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/94...al_Nickel.html

I'm no expert on this stuff, but I think the only main difference between the LE and SLI are the (2) PCI-E x16 lanes on the SLI, vs only 1 PCI-E x16 lane on the LE. Not a big deal in my opinion, since you don't lose too much performance when running a card in the x8 lane compared to x16.

I really like the LE board. I think it's a good value and I'm happy with it. So happy in fact, I have 2 now!
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The LE and SLI have a locked BLCK, compared to the Classified which is unlocked. I don't remember the exact upper limit of the BLCK on the LE and SLI boards, but it is AT LEAST 210...which would get you an overclock of 4.4GHz on a i7 920 chip with a 21x multiplier.

I don't know about the SLI, but on the LE, the Northbridge runs a little hot compared to other boards. There is no direct replacement heatsink for the NB, but some have been able to strap on generic heatsinks, and point fans to control temps. If you are going to watercool, there are actually some nice blocks to cool the board:

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/94...al_Nickel.html

I'm no expert on this stuff, but I think the only main difference between the LE and SLI are the (2) PCI-E x16 lanes on the SLI, vs only 1 PCI-E x16 lane on the LE. Not a big deal in my opinion, since you don't lose too much performance when running a card in the x8 lane compared to x16.

I really like the LE board. I think it's a good value and I'm happy with it. So happy in fact, I have 2 now!
I ran into the 220 bclk wall...that is as high as it gets with the 3x SLI.
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I should join this club...here's my set-up...
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My name "Fortyfour" = 4.4 Ghz...

...and what I am aiming for in my build. It will be used as a DAW, so I'm not too worried about the option for 3 GPU's, Karma, but thanks anyways.

If no one has pushed the LE to it's limits, then it sounds like my calling. I've always been the type to push the boundries.

Andy.Yung, i gotta thank ya twice. First, you guessed my OC on the dot. Secondly, you had me runnin' around doin' more Homework on BCLK, QPI's, & other acronyms my head is filled with. I headed over to EVGA's forums and spent some time reading up on their support team's results. It looks like they are on the ball with the forums over there. Though, I can't say the same for other mo-bo manufacturers.
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No problem!

Good luck in your quest for 4.4! Hopefully you get a nice chip capable of that with reasonable voltage.
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i think 4.4 should be easily reachable even with one of the crappier batches, my chip is by far a lot worse then most peoples in here, and im sitting on 4.19 ghz maxing out at 68 °C

so if he watercools that thing, it should be easy xD
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