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I have read these forums annoymously for a long time and have tried to learn as much as I can, but there are things beyond my knowledge and experience that I would like your input on.

With that said, I am building a new system built around a 2600K CPU and dual 560ti Video Cards. I need a solid MB that I will OC some, but nothing extreme. There are just so many MBs out there it boggles my mind. I have used Asus for years and like them, but looking that their lineup is straight up confusing. With running 2 GPUs in SLI, how important is having 2 PCI-E slots that run simultaneously at x16? Most boards I have seen that have 2+ PCI-E slots have one slot that drops to x8 or less when in SLI. How important is it to have 2 full x16 slots?

Thank you very much for your time.
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All P67 boards (with a few exceptions in the very high end ones) drop their PCI-e lanes to x8 when using SLI or Crossfire, which to be honest isn't really an issue, the difference in performance between x8 and x16 is minimal at best, the very high end ones use chips from Nvidia (NF200) to stay at x16 but that chip also causes extra latency, but they are necessary for tri or Quad SLI/Crossfire. I'd recommend the P8P67 Pro or Evo if you like Asus, but be sure to get the new B3 model, they have the SATA ports bug corrected.
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Every mobo nowadays has at least one NF200 chip, which provides 2 pci-e x16 2.0 from 16 lanes. A mobo with one NF200 will have only the 3d pci-e x16 2.0 downgraded to x8. Only if you want tri-sli or 4-way sli get a board with 2 NF200 chips. Though, for me, running a card on x16 pci-e has no difference with x8 in performance.
Edited by RevyYYYe - 3/4/11 at 6:15am
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<3 smart people. Thank you!

One other question, whats the difference between the P67 and the H67 chipsets?
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Every mobo nowadays has at least one NF200 chip

Where did you get that idea ? Only high end mobos have them.
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One other question, whats the difference between the P67 and the H67 chipsets?

The P67 chipset lets you overclock the CPU as long as it's a k model with unlocked multiplier, but you can't use the integrated GPU with those motherboards. The H67 is the exact contrary, you can't overclock but you can use the GPU integrated on the CPU die, a third chipset called Z68 is said to come in May or June and combine the features of both P67 and H67.
Edited by Telimektar - 3/4/11 at 6:02am
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Originally Posted by Speedr369;12607649 
<3 smart people. Thank you!

One other question, whats the difference between the P67 and the H67 chipsets?
^ What Telimektar said.
post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by Telimektar;12607650 
Where did you get that idea ? Only high end mobos have them.

OK I know it just slipped my mind that people that want to overclock wouldn't want a high end mobo tongue.gif
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Just ordered a P8P67 Pro from Amazon. Thanks for all of your help. Now I just hope that they actually have these in stock...
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