Originally Posted by jeffdamann
Please guys, help me with my dilemma, I am preparing to build a x3 crossfire,dual spaced, rig with 3 top of the line 7XXX's and am wondering how in the world the ROG Xpander goes on here, and is it even worth the hassle?
Should I get a different board?
What kind of case could fit the board with an Xpander on it?
I also need some room for Watercooling so....
If you guys say this Xpander will set up nice and neatly, and know of a good case to accomadate all of the above, Ill be joining this club in 3 days, just gotta click "checkout"...
Can I even get an xpander? I cant find an example of one ANYWHERE.... I did a search and one came up about the rampage 3 xpander but was no help...
The only thing I've seen about it is the short mention they make at the end of the 9xx line up video from Newegg.
IMO if you're watercooling tri-fire there's no point. The only thing you get from it is the capability to run quad fire over tri. Even if the expander somehow made 3 lanes run x16 speed the difference you'd actually see from that one extra lane running x16 instead of x8 would be small if any at all. If I misunderstood and you don't plan on watercooling the gpu's and are just looking for the extra spacing I wouldn't make any definite decisions until you know which lanes you can run tri-fire on the expander. You might end up with the same spacing as if you didn't use it.
As to fitting a case. I doubt it would work in anything less than an open bench table with adjustable height on the pci-e retention bracket.
You could always go with 6990/6970 tri-fire for a dual space aircooled config without the extra cost/hastle of the expander.Edited by sprower - 6/20/11 at 12:18pm