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Question: NF200 & ASUS Maximus Extreme IV

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So I'm trying to decide between two motherboards right now for a new PC I'm trying to build. I'm debating between the P8P67 Deluxe and the Maximus Extreme IV.

When I initially build this PC, I'm going to have a single 580GTX card, but sometime in the near future I'm going to be throwing on a second one for SLI. However, I don't plan on adding a third card at any point. From what I've read though, the whole NF200 thing decreases performance when not running 3-way SLI/X-fire, when compared to a board without NF200. So when you have a board without the NF200 feature running x2 SLI, the performance would be higher than that of a board with NF200 running x2 SLI, as opposed to the performance of x3 SLI being higher on a board with NF200 compared to a board without NF200. Am I correct on this?

Now as far as the motherboards go, from what I've been reading the Deluxe does not have NF200, but the IV does. I've also read that the IV automatically disables NF200 whenever you are running less than three cards in SLI. So does that mean that the IV doesn't suffer from the same problem that other NF200 boards do? And that x2 SLI on a IV would be just as good as on the Deluxe (or any non-NF200 board)?

If the NF200 thing on the IV is going to be detrimental to my GPUs performance, I think that I'm just going to go with a Deluxe. But if it isn't a problem, then I think that I'll pick it up.
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Regardless of whether or not it turns it off when using a single card, look at it this way. Running three 580s is pretty ridiculous, and you say yourself are never going to use more than two. NF200 runs pretty hot, and adds latency. Sandy Bridge CPUs have the PCI-E lanes onto the GPU (hence no NB or IOH whatever you want to call it). Running the two 580s at x8/x8 on the native CPU provided lanes is going to be very very close in performance (if not faster) than running x16/x16 with the NF200 chip.

So unless you plan on running three GPUs, NF200 is pointless IMO. It runs very hot, consumes more power than a board without it, adds additional latency not created when using a board without it, and you are also looking at paying a premium for the motherboard. You could save a few bucks and pick up a board without it.
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Intel Xeon E3-1245 v5 SuperMicro X11SSM-F-O C236 Integrated 2 x 16GB Kingston ValueRAM ECC KVR21E15D8/16 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
5 x 8TB Seagate IronWolf Pro in ZF2 Array CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo FreeNAS 11 EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W Gold 
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Fractal Design Node 804 
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2 x Intel 730 480GB SSD in RAID 0 Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Noctua NH-D15 Winblows 10 Pro x64 
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