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Good SLI motherboard

#1specter1717Posted 2/6/2014 8:54:37 PM
I want to SLI 2 780 TIs. I have a i7 4770k so I will need an 1150 socket. I want both graphics cards to use x16. I don't want an 8x8. Sorry if I'm explaining this bad. I am still learning what this all means. I found the maximus 6 extreme. It can do what I want but it comes with some stuff that I don't need. So is there another board out there that can do what I want without so many bells and whistles? Money isn't an issue. Thanks in advance
#2LvthnPosted 2/6/2014 9:12:39 PM
I found 72 motherboards that meet the basic criteria you gave (Newegg - mobos - 1150 - PCIe x2, x3, x4). Asus alone makes 30 mobos that fit the description.

Unless you buy a tiny mobo or build a monster rig almost all mobos will have some stuff you don't need. I'm certainly not using every SATA port on mine, just off the top of my head.

If price isn't a concern, get the form factor that fits your case, has the slots to accomodate whatever future expansions you may want to do, and has the best overall reviews. Don't get a bottom of the barrel mobo that barely meets your requirements if you plan to SLI Titans, that's silly.

Off the top of the list, Maximus VI Hero is $200, has x2 PCIe, x4 memory slots. Is that sufficient? Doesn't leave much room for expansion, but it fits what you said you need.
#3BeerOnTapPosted 2/6/2014 9:13:35 PM
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CRJVZOM/ref=oh_details_o04_s03_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I have this and love it so far.
Plan to do SLI 780s soon
#4specter1717(Topic Creator)Posted 2/6/2014 9:26:07 PM
Right now I have a asus z87 plus. I can SLI with that but it would be 8x8. I want 16x16 to get everything out of my cards. I keep reading that asus makes the best motherboards so I will be going with another asus board.
#5urtvPosted 2/6/2014 9:35:39 PM(edited)
i though cards still didnt manage to make full use of pcie 2.0 x16 yet
#6LvthnPosted 2/6/2014 9:46:46 PM
specter1717 posted...
Right now I have a asus z87 plus. I can SLI with that but it would be 8x8. I want 16x16 to get everything out of my cards. I keep reading that asus makes the best motherboards so I will be going with another asus board.


Unless there's one I missed, no 1150 mobos have 16x2 PCIe 3.0. All of them I've seen go 16/8 at best.

If you were able to do 2011:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131801

But if you already own the Haswell that's not an option.

This also exists:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131802

16x4 + 8x1!
#7specter1717(Topic Creator)Posted 2/6/2014 10:40:29 PM
The maximus VI extreme says 5 pci e 3 x 16 for 4 way SLI or crossfire. Doesn't that mean if I use 2 way SLI it will be 16x16?
#8LvthnPosted 2/6/2014 11:05:16 PM
specter1717 posted...
The maximus VI extreme says 5 pci e 3 x 16 for 4 way SLI or crossfire. Doesn't that mean if I use 2 way SLI it will be 16x16?


Yeah, it will. Kinda silly I overlooked that...which basically means for 1150 that's your only option if you insist on 16/16. 16/8 has virtually no performance difference, it should be noted.
#9specter1717(Topic Creator)Posted 2/6/2014 11:54:37 PM
What would you recommend for a 16x8 board? I want to stick with asus. Heard to many good things about them and have had no problems with my board
#10Flaktrooper123Posted 2/7/2014 12:26:42 AM
if you want all 16, you need to go X79. See Rampage IV Black Edition