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Windows 7: Choosing A Motherboard

10 Jun 2011   #51
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

You may be right, but it would be difficult to justify paying ~ $75 additional for 2 less SATA connections, and about half of the USB connections (and no front USB 3 panel). I haven't checked but if the ASRock wouldn't play nice with my video card, I doubt that one would either, because outside of what I just mentioned, they look a lot the same.


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10 Jun 2011   #52
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Descisions, descisions Support for CrossFire or SLI means only that the mobo can handle multiple Graphics cards and will certainly work for one.
If you slot matches the card's, it will work,
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10 Jun 2011   #53
cmd187

Debian Squeeze Stable 64-bit
 
 

Then go with the AsRock. Any GPU will work in any board if the slots match up and its PCI-E 2.0.
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10 Jun 2011   #54
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

another note is that AMD+ATI=1. They will promote ATI over nVIDIA but have to make them work, otherwise half the tech community will be alienated.
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10 Jun 2011   #55
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Descisions, descisions Support for CrossFire or SLI means only that the mobo can handle multiple Graphics cards and will certainly work for one.
If you slot matches the card's, it will work,
Yes, if they had SLI listed on this motherboard, I would feel much better, but they don't...only Crossfire with ATI video card.

The phraseology of the tech support's response that I posted above, is somewhat lacking, because 100 could mean 100% or 100 times better with ATI. Either way, it makes Nvidia look doubtful.

At the moment, I'm inclined to wait until the motherboard arrives and try it out, simply because I haven't found an alternative that I like better, but if it really does have a problem with my video card, I'm going to be a very unhappy camper after waiting so long.
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10 Jun 2011   #56
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I understand Seeker, I had the same cryptic replies from Gigabyte support, choppy Chinese to English.
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11 Jun 2011   #57
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I may be way off on this, but after reading this article in News:

AMD 9 Series Mobos Still Can’t Embrace SLI Until NVIDIA Driver Updated

It may the the reason for ASRock's lack of Nvidia support on the 8 series chips also. If that is so, then the problem should be limited to SLI configurations, and my single card should function normally...I hope.
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11 Jun 2011   #58
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

The card should function normally. I have a pretty similar board, and an NVIDIA GPU. The trick is to remove thoroughly, or not install the drivers for the onboard ATI graphics.
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11 Jun 2011   #59
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

That shouldn't be a problem, because if I understand correctly, this motherboard doesn't have any onboard graphics. However, the specs does list a Crossfire GPU, so I'm unclear as to what it does have.
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11 Jun 2011   #60
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
I may be way off on this, but after reading this article in News:

AMD 9 Series Mobos Still Can’t Embrace SLI Until NVIDIA Driver Updated
Yeah I suspect it will support a single card, but they won't mention SLI until a completed driver is avaiable. The article doesn't mention the WHQL 275.33, it is referred to as BETA. I have one card so I can't test it.
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