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post #721 of 1800
Running at x8 is nothing to fret about. It represents a 1-2% loss in performance. The only reason boards like the Gigabyte have two NF200's is so Nvidia can make more money. Nvidia requires that 4-way SLI be run at x16/x16/x16/x16. This way, for Enthusiast boards, Nvidia makes even more money as the NF200's aren't cheap. It's all for nought once you look at the technology as well. The NF200 is a bridge chip. It runs 16 lanes to two slots. Put two of these together and you have 4 x16 lanes. However, your processor sends no more lanes to the processor. These four x16 are combined at the NF200 and sent over the same amount of lanes as they initially would have been. And then there are the inherent disadvantages of putting the chip on a motherboard: latency, PCB cost, and added heat (they're hot little buggers).

Long story short--the NF200 does nothing but allow 4-waySLI to work.
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post #722 of 1800
So using my cards in any slots, will not actually change my performance?
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post #723 of 1800
Not that you would notice. 0.6-1.2 frames if your original framerate was 60 fps.
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post #724 of 1800
but to run 2x 5970's at full power still 1&3?
post #725 of 1800
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but to run 2x 5970's at full power still 1&3?
Yup!
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post #726 of 1800
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Yup!
COOL, when this is done is the second slot still usable. can i put a sound card in there if need be?
post #727 of 1800
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COOL, when this is done is the second slot still usable. can i put a sound card in there if need be?
Yes. However, putting a card in that slot will drop the badwidth of the first and second slots down to x8.

So if you did this: GPU/Sound/GPU/Nothing

It would be set up like this:

x8/x8/x16

Once again, that will barely reduce performance.
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post #728 of 1800
i have my gpu on my second slot

comparing benchmarks etc i seen no different to other users who has there card on the x16 slot.
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post #729 of 1800
Anyone here had both this board and the classified?
All my other boards have been ASUS ROG's except the board I have now which I've been happy with, Anyhow I'm thinking about upgrading and wanted to know the differences when it comes to overclocking and what not, I hate to give up the Evga warranty and support unless it's worth it probably going with the i7-980X 32nm if it matters...
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i have my gpu on my second slot

comparing benchmarks etc i seen no different to other users who has there card on the x16 slot.
If there is a difference, it'll be tiny. Nothing to worry about. People always blow this issue out of the water. Even 4x was only a loss of like 8%.

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Anyone here had both this board and the classified?
All my other boards have been ASUS ROG's except the board I have now which I've been happy with, Anyhow I'm thinking about upgrading and wanted to know the differences when it comes to overclocking and what not, I hate to give up the Evga warranty and support unless it's worth it probably going with the i7-980X 32nm if it matters...
This board is beyond epic for Gulftown. Its only issues are with processors locked to a lower multiplier.
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