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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-25-2019, 03:18 AM - Thread Starter
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Old Motherboard Quest (For Old Gaming PC)

Hey guys,

I'm rebuilding my old gaming PC circa 2009/10 purely for nostalgic reasons. I got a little ahead of myself and purchased a second graphics card currently matching the one in the system for SLI, failing to realize (or completely forgetting) that I don't have a second PCI-e slot = FAIL.

Anyways, to keep things short and simple, I need some help with make/models of any "MICRO" ATX motherboards that have two PCI-e x16 lane support for a Socket 775 CPU. This is proving to be a challenge as after a few days of doodling I've come across one or two however the second lane only supporting x8 at best and not the full x16. Does anyone remember if such a motherboard was ever made from that era? Probably X38/X48.

So to recap:

1) Socket 775 (1066mhz)
2) Micro ATX (this is a must)
3) Two PCI-e x16 lanes.

Obviously this search will take place on eBay so most results should return favourably, so don't be shy and hold back any suggestions

Thanks!
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-25-2019, 10:23 AM
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In the 775 days just because it has two PCI-E x16 slots doesn't mean it supports SLI either. The DFI Lan Party JR P45 is mATX with two PCI-E slots but it only supports Crossfire.

Good luck, I really don't think there is one.

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In the 775 days just because it has two PCI-E x16 slots doesn't mean it supports SLI either. The DFI Lan Party JR P45 is mATX with two PCI-E slots but it only supports Crossfire.

Good luck, I really don't think there is one.
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You have to do a "hack" to get SLi working.

I'm with Pook however on this one. You have given yourself a near impossible task.

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Thanks fellas,

Sorry I've been out of the gaming scene for a very long time, but I'm pretty sure SLI was a major thing back in the day, especially when "Will it run crysis" was still a thing

So I'm guessing its the mATX requirement that's the limitation?
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Yeah, SLI existed before 775 but on boards of that era just because it has two PCI-E slots doesn't mean it'll support SLI out of the box. You needed either an NVIDIA chipset, a modified driver to support it like Renegade mentioned, and some (like the 939 DFI nForce 4 Ultra-D) needed physical mods to support it.

SLI boards exist, mATX SLI boards really don't without mods. So yeah, that's the limitation

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Quote: Originally Posted by The Pook View Post
Yeah, SLI existed before 775 but on boards of that era just because it has two PCI-E slots doesn't mean it'll support SLI out of the box. You needed either an NVIDIA chipset, a modified driver to support it like Renegade mentioned, and some (like the 939 DFI nForce 4 Ultra-D) needed physical mods to support it.

SLI boards exist, mATX SLI boards really don't without mods. So yeah, that's the limitation
Oh man, pencil modding for 939 boards to make them do SLi...Those were the days.

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