Will my motherboard bottleneck 2 GTX 470's?

June 18, 2010 at 14:09:54
Specs: Win 7, phenom II 940 4 gb ram
Just curious to know if i should stick with this motherboard and just buy 2 GTX 465's or 470's and upgrade my power supply as both the PCI-e slots will run at X16 with SLI enabled, now adays you cant really find any motherboards that will run both lanes at x16.

Also i flashed the BIOS to get the Phenom II to work (upgrade from Phenom 9550) <--- junk. Was wondering if it would support the X6.

just want some opinions.

Phenom II 940 @ 3.0 ghz
Zalman all copper 130 mm cooler (better than some watercooling solutions heh)
ASUS MN2N SLI Deluxe 590 mobo
MSI 8800 GTS G92 (ready for upgrade)
4 gb DDR2 5-4-4-4 9 (very fast)
Apevia X Jupiter Med tower case.
2x 750 gb external
4.0 TB internal.
2x 21.5 ASUS monitors
550w PSU (cant remeber brand)
Kenwood KLH 7.1 surround sound home theatre system.

took me a while to build this puppy, don't really want to build a brand new box for games, powers supply upgrade and vid cards should do it for the next few years. let me know what yall think!

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June 18, 2010 at 18:01:34
500 series board? Obviously it will run a Phenom II but since it's not an AM3, it doesn't fully support the technology.

nVidia is currently pushing out 900 series socket AM3 boards with triple SLi & DDR3 support. There are very few boards to choose from though because nVidia has virtually dropped out of the motherboard picture. For example, if you check Newegg, there are only two AMD boards based on the 900 series, but there are over 150 boards based on AMD chipsets. Ditto on the Intel side of things.

IMO, SLI & Crossfire configs are a huge waste of money, but "investing" $800 +/- for two video cards & a PSU for an aging system is totally ridiculous. I highly doubt you're going to want to hang on to that outdated board "for the next few years", at least not for your primary machine.

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