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    Default SLI'ing on GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R

    Has anyone SLI'd two way GTX 480's on this particular motherboard?

    I am also worried about the bridge that came with the gigabyte board. I'm sure all SLI bridges are one in the same.

    I have one (EVGA) GTX 480 installed, and the second one is in the mail (exact same model). I don't know, I'm just having jitters as this is 1K of video hardware I am installing here :)

    Again the motherboard model # is: GA-X58A-UD3R
    And I will be two-way SLI'ing the EVGA GTX 480.

    Any input, or anyone RUNNING this setup, I would greatly appreciate reassurance! :) Maybe i'm just being paranoid. hehe

    My Specs:
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    i7 950 Bloomfield @3.20GHz
    EVGA GTX 480 (1) soon 2
    8GB PATRIOT DDR3 1600Mhz RAM (yes I had to force this motherboard to run the ram at the right speeds)
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    Default Re: SLI'ing on GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R

    hi im running the ver 2.0 motherboard using the gigabyte sli n im using 2 evga gtx 460's in sli no issues so far
    Mobo - GA-X58A-UD3R v2 bios version FB
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    Default Re: SLI'ing on GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R

    Everything will be fine.

    The bridge is a guaranteed fit, as it's supplied with the motherboard, thus being long enough to reach both cards. It should be the flexible type bridge, brown with black plugs.

    I'd be more worried about the CPU and how you plan on OCing enough to keep up with two 480's. 4GHz would be good but they'll eat as much as you can give them.
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    Default Re: SLI'ing on GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R

    I am currently OC'ed at 3.20Ghz, still waiting for the artic silver to bond really well (200) hours on and 200 hours off to bond completely. I've taken it to 3.6 but I get a lot of temps in the sixties at load. Sixty is safe, but I am just being cautious. I never use software to overclock. I do it through BIOS, I never trust the n00b overclocking. I'd rather set myself the multipliers and voltages. Do you think 3.6Ghz would suffice?

    I am using the Coolermaster V8 Rifle CPU cooler. I have tested the Corsair H50, the Coolermaster 212 HyperPlus, the CoolerMaster V6, the temps are better with the V8 on all these CPU cooling models. I have been wanting to test the Corsair H70. However I can get this to 3.8 in the high sixties at load.

    BTW, The Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus came in second! Great cooler, I was only using one fan as well!

    But again, would 3.6 GHZ be fine for SLI'd 480's?? 2-way?
    Last edited by bigblack25; 11-02-2010 at 12:15 AM.

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    Default Re: SLI'ing on GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R

    you should be able to clock to 3.8ghz easily and still stay below or just above 70c
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    Default Re: SLI'ing on GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R

    Quote Originally Posted by wazza300 View Post
    you should be able to clock to 3.8ghz easily and still stay below or just above 70c
    I see you are at 4.2. NICE! I've been out of the loop as far as processors for about 3 years. I worry about the temps a LOT. So sixties/mid 70s at load is safe?

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    Default Re: SLI'ing on GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R

    yes,i touch 80c on one core no higher at 4.2ghz,im using two fans though in push/pull,i7's run hotter than the older chips,i think for stress testing if you can stay below 80c then your ok,pref between 75c-79c

    BTW i dont know if youve ever used cinebench for open gl test with graphics card but i can nearly double my fps from stock cpu speed to just clocking to 3.8ghz
    Last edited by wazza300; 11-02-2010 at 12:47 AM.
    Gigabyte z77x UP4-TH F11c Modded Bios
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    Default Re: SLI'ing on GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R

    I will go to 3.8, thanks for the advice. I'll use Prime 95 to stress test it. And nothing maxes out your cores like that. Prime95 is just for seeing how HOT your CPU can really get.

    And from what I take from what you said, overclocking to 3.8 and BEYOND will IMPROVE your fps and performance etc. But it is not VITAL to running the 480's? For instance, I could go to 3.6, but I would see wayyy better performance with the cards the higher I go?

    What would happen if someone just left it stock at 3.07GHZ, it would be a waste to even SLI?

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    i have no idea tbh,at stock it should still run both cards very well,overclocked to 3.6ghz would and should improve things,i cant tell any difference in performance from 3.8ghz to 4.2ghz,maybe i would encode video that bit quicker but in games i havent noticed anything,when i tested gta iv at stock using fraps i was getting beetween 20-50 sometimes it would jump to 60fps and back down,when i clocked to 3.8ghz it hovered around the 55-60fps mark,but at stock the game was perfectly playable,as for sli/xfire i cant say as i havnt used it
    Gigabyte z77x UP4-TH F11c Modded Bios
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    Thermalright Silver Arrow Cpu Cooler
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    Powercolor 7970 3gb V3 @1150mhz core/1700mhz mem,1.150v Accelero aftermarket air cooler 55c max
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    Logitech X-530 5.1 Speakers
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    Default Re: SLI'ing on GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R

    in extremely graphically intense games at high resolutions (minimum 1920x1200) there would likely be decent scaling even at just over 3GHz. This is because no matter how fast the CPU can supply the cards with data, the GPU's will still need to do some hardcore work with that data to form the rendered frames. At lower resolutions, or with less GPU bound games, the reverse would be true, and the GPU's would be starved of data at lower CPU clocks.

    The following article is based on 3 way 480's with a i7 running at 3.75GHz, however one can safely assume that the kind of trends you can see of the poor scaling of the third card at this CPU speed would apply to a second card in SLI if one were to proportionally lower CPU speed to for example 3.0GHz-3.2GHz. Note the very poor scaling of card 3 in BBC2 at anything below 2560x1600, yet Metro 2033 seems to scale quite well with three cards even at 1600x1200 (this res is quite close in pixel count to 1680x1050).

    GeForce GTX 480 3-way SLI review

    Personally I wouldn't worry in the slightest about those CPU temps, I'd be personally OK with anything below 80c in LinX. that would probably translate to between 70-75c in Prime95 or when gaming with 2-4 cores in use.

    Grab some benchmark versions of current games and when you have SLI set up, try it out, do a couple of runs at stock, no turbo, some at 3.6GHz and some at 3.8GHz+. Good benches to run would be:

    RE5 Benchmark
    Lost Planet 2
    FF 14
    Crysis Benchmark Tool (you need a copy of the game to run it)
    X3 Terran Conflict Rolling Benchmark
    STALKER: Call of Pripyat DirectX 11 Benchmark
    Far Cry 2 (need the full game)
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    2 x 2GB Mushkin Ridgeback (996902), @ 7-10-8-27, 2010-DDR, 1.66v
    2 x Gigabyte GTX 460 1024MB in SLI (Pre OC'd to 715MHz core and 1800MHz VRAM) @ 850 Core / 4100 Mem.
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