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Hey all,

I am currently in the market to upgrade and have found a nice 1366 processor and ram


Problem is, i cannot find a motherboard for my 8800's.

Almost every board i see that supports SLI are only using slots 1 & 2.

This is no good as the 8800's take up 2 slots lol! Correct me if i am wrong, but card 1 will not be able to breathe on for e.g. "GA-X58-UDR3"?


And i dont really want another unstable Asus model, would like to try something different this go round.


I want a board that has either 3 x pci-ex slots so the top and bottom can be used for SLI or 2 x pci-ex that are spaced for adequate graphics cooling.

For information, my current 775 board has 3 pci-ex, 1 & 3 are full x16 whereas slot 2 is x4. Why dont manufacturers keep up this trend, or do they?


My bugdet for a motherboard is £150 - £200 max.


Any one have any thoughts?
 

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The pcie slot spacing should not be any different than what you are using now? I don't think I understand what you are asking.?
 

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@turokhan

Well from the top of my head I will says

Asrock X58 Extreme 3


Asrock X58 Extreme 6


Seems like they have some breathing room and would come around £150 - £200.

Here´s some threads here at OCN about the Extreme 3, ASRock X58 Extreme 3

The ASUS/ASrock P55 and X58 Club & Discussion(Under construction)

Some reviews,

http://www.guru3d.com/article/asrock...treme3-review/

http://www.thinkcomputers.org/asrock...rboard-review/

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1279/1/

http://www.legionhardware.com/articl...xtreme3,1.html

http://www.anandtech.com/show/3751/a...a-budget-price

Another thing, you can´t compare your Striker board with a todays Asus X58 board, it´s a whole different ball game, the old non referens Striker with a Nvidia Intel chipset had a lot of problem, I had one but I lost it to the dreadful "CPU INIT", it performed exellent before that compare to the rivals at that time.

So you can also consider the Asus P6T Deluxe V2 or Asus P6TD Deluxe, maybe a bit expensive but they are good boards.

Asus P6T Deluxe V2


Asus P6TD Deluxe

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The pcie slot spacing should not be any different than what you are using now? I don't think I understand what you are asking.?

For example, this board has full x16 sli but only the top 2.
Certainly not enough room for my 8800's

 

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Rampage III Formula is the best board I have used and for 16x/16x SLI you use PCIe 1 and PCIe 3 so you have a large gap between the cards for good airflow and such.
 

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P6T Deluxe will run SLI just fine.
P6T has three PCI-e slots, run your cards in the top one and bottom one and it'll run at 16x/4x as far as I know. Should not bottleneck your cards, and is a cheap solid X58 board.

Also, that Gigabyte board you posted here should run it at least at 16x/4x if you use the upper slot and bottom PCI-e slot (not certain which board it is and not knowledgeable with Gigabyte boards from the top of my head either but seeing the regular Asus P6T does too, I would guess so).
 
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