Calling OCing "stupid" is not the best thing to do, and doesn't create a great opinion... It's very worthwhile. Many processors are deliberatly underclocked for one reason or another (usually sales-related) so overclocking them is prefectly fine.
I say stupid because it is! You're forcing it to work harder than it was intended and voiding your warranty by doing so. If you're a stupid tard and mess something up you can fry your chip and if you try and send it to Intel they'll see you tried to overclock it and say too bad. I've seen benchmarks of the stock E8400 - it's FINE. I'll leave the overclocking to AMD since they need it to keep up.
Okay, I've been doing some looking at the upper epsilon of my budget and it has actually given me more things to question. Firstly, are XFX and EVGA the same? Their boards look identical with different packaging and name badging. Secondly, I've seen some mobos with the Intel X38 chipset that have two PCI Express 2.0 slots. Why do they have two PCI Express slots if they are not SLI or Crossfire? Thirdly, I've seen some boards like the one in the spoiler with the Electrical and PCI Express x16 slots but the Electricals don't look like SLI is possible. What are all these slots for?
The one I'm really thinking about if I go this much is this EVGA board for $259. The three way SLI is not something I was looking for and not planning to use but it never hurts to have it (I can imagine a tri-SLI setup would be a huge heat producer with all those cards in there). What do you all think about this one?
1. XFX and EVGA are not the same, but neither of them are big motherboard manufacturers and likely base their boards heavily on the standard nVidia design.
2. Intel X38 boards generally support Crossfire, I believe.
3. Although it is the main use for the fastest slots, PCI-E isn't just used for graphics cards.
Bs|Archaon;43171601. XFX and EVGA are not the same, but neither of them are big motherboard manufacturers and likely base their boards heavily on the standard nVidia design.
Would this mean to say they don't make good motherboards? All the reviews have been positive for that EVGA and the specs look pretty good. If not, what would you suggest for SLI?
Okay, unless someone can suggest something better for SLI I think I'm going to go with the EVGA 780i Motherboard. It got me to wondering though, does my power supply have the cables for triple SLI? Here is a pic off Newegg of the PCI-Express wires:
Would this support three way SLI?
750i FTW. A far more stable and up-to-date board, the only thing that's different with this is that it has two less SATA2 ports, and two less USB ports, no real loss there. I wouldn't go Tri-SLI. In recent months Dual-SLI has become very usable, but Tri-SLI is stil pretty crap. On average, you'll see about a 20% increase; not worth that money.
The 750i is the bargain choice though, I don't need a bargain I can afford the good stuff. All the reviews I've seen have said it's a reliable board and that ESA is nice and it's a great board (No mentions of any unstability whatsoever). I didn't plan to triple SLI but it's always nice to know I could - it's not like the standard SLI would be worse on it anyways. Seriously though, the fact that it has FTW on the box (And means what most internet users would think it means) seriously makes me question it's integrity as a good mobo that's not being overhyped. Not to say name really does mean everything it's just not a positive image for me. How is the 780i not up to date? Just curious, what do you think of the 790i Ultra mobos?