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Switching from X58A-UD7 to MSI Big Bang Xpower

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Hi guys, so I am switching as stated above for graphics cards slot reasons.. take a single look at the PCI slot position and spacing on the UD7 and you will see why, anyone trying to run an SLI system with that motherboard on air cooling is headed for hot trouble interms of temperatures. The 2 cards have to sit on top of each other.

Anyway with this new motherboard I am going to be getting much wider spacing between my 2 cards, and thats all it needs as I have tested in a friends computer the spacing with my 2 cards : ) From full loads being at over 97c to dropping down to about 70-80c clearly shows me that more spacing was all they needed (obviously)

But in terms of the motherboard its self, what are your thoughts? Yes I COULD of got an Asus Rampage III Extreme but decided against it for 2 reasons, 1 this board was a little cheaper and 2 I just preferred the feature set on this one. I don't think the Asus Rampage offers TO MUCH advantage over this board unless of course I choose to go watercooling and wish to overclock my via Iphone, which I will do via the controller I get with the board anyway)

But yeah, other then the reasons I bought this motherboards, what are your thoughts on it? A good upgrade? A small upgrade but the benefit makes up for it? A terrible upgrade? Let me know.

Thanks guys, I have read the GURU3D Review and they loved it.
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Interesting.. I own the UD5 rev.2 and I know what you mean and Im considering snagging a eVGA 3 way classified with or without nf200 chip.. 759 or 760.. I dunno. A friend has the big bang and im quite jealous its a really nice board. Pretty to look at too lol. A good upgrade imo. You can use the bottom pcie slot if your case will fit it. My 6970's are not getting too hot.. the top one is ok temp wise. But there is no breathing room. Im considering watercooling them so I may keep the UD5 as other than that it is a great board. Anyways, if you are not going with water and are keeping it long term the spacing will become an issue especially with say 2x295's or 2x480's lol. A good upgrade imo mate.
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Also I have been looking at a lot of people's rigs and the rampage III is super overrated.. a nice board but every enthusiast uses it. I would love to see a big bang in a high end rig for a change. Too many classifieds and rampages lol. Nice to see someone doing something differently. Also, the stuff that comes with the big bang are some handy gadgets like that OC controller. You could also consider the Rampage II as its very cheap with the rampage III being out. Unless you need SATA3 and USB3. Actually, the spacing on the rampage II may be set to x16,x16,x4.. hopefully not though. Also the Rampage III Formula is quite a bit cheaper than the extreme.. Who needs the 4 slots when you need an addon to do 4 way SLi anyways. Maybe the Big Bang is not as popular as I do not see any aftermarket waterblocks.. that are easily available anyways.
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