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If you can literally choose exactly which slots you want to use, 3way-SLI would be a dream on this. Just space them out every other slot.
 
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Originally Posted by _CH_Skyline_ View Post
If you can literally choose exactly which slots you want to use, 3way-SLI would be a dream on this. Just space them out every other slot.
That's what I was thinking, good ventilation..

The second card wouldn't be sandwiched and deprived of air
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Yeah but single slot cards . . . . . Maybe these??????

Nja, eight of these will do


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I'm surprised that you have nothing to say about the 24+3+3 power phases.

EDIT: It won't help the Phenom II X6's because it's SB, but still that pretty crazy...
Welcome to Intel... their VRM requirements are nasty and crazy seriously, this board is going to be overclocking 95W stock TDP chips. Unless pushing 5.7Ghz.... wow
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that looks very impractical
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Nja, eight of these will do

I top you with something less expensive.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-072-_-Product
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If you can literally choose exactly which slots you want to use, 3way-SLI would be a dream on this. Just space them out every other slot.
Looks like you can:
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Finally, it's also worth noting that MSI has had to use XL-ATX to squeeze eight full-size PCI-E graphics slots in. While the Lucid Hydra chip will add extra lanes to the CPU's meagre set of 16, even a doubling to 32 lanes will still result in each slot only getting four lanes. In reality, though, this is fine. Folders need all the physical slots, but don't need the bandwidth, and gamers will only use a maximum of four slots, which will get eight lanes each. What's more, MSI's clever combination of the CeaseFire switch with eight PCI-E graphics slots means that you can choose the setup that best suits your PC's cooling or cabling needs.
Updated the OP with THIS article, which confirms this board is B3 ready!
Edited by 2010rig - 2/24/11 at 8:52pm
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Looks like you can:


Updated the OP with THIS article, which confirms this new board is B3 ready!
I saw that, but I figured that there would be a catch... perhaps not though.
 
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Hmm

It just lacks another CPU socket

   
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I saw that, but I figured that there would be a catch... perhaps not though.
ASUS will be shipping B3 boards next week, and other B3 mobo's are starting to pop up.

My guess is that Mid-End March B3 motherboards will be available in retailers, and NewEgg started selling the SB processors again.

I wonder how much this Big Bang Marshall will cost, prolly like $350?
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