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ASUS P5Q-PRO 12 80.00%
XFX 780i Tri Sli 3 20.00%
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Old February 25, 2009, 08:29 AM
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Default ASUS P5Q-PRO vs XFX 780i Tri Sli

Howdy everyone. I was looking for your opinion on which is the better motherboard.... Running my Q8300, EVGA 9800GTX+ (I also have a EVGA 9800 GTX on the way- not sure if i can sli different graphic cards, and if it would be beneficial at all~~ please input)


I'll be running 3 harddrives off it (not raid) , dvd burner.


Even though the ASUS isnt SLI, and I heard Nvidia chipsets bite (could someone explain why)....

What is the supirior board. (P5Q PRO retailing around $150, 780i around $289)
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Old February 25, 2009, 12:12 PM
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No you can't SLI different cards (should elaborate here I've read that SLI will work with a 9800GTX+ and 9800GTX)... however IMO just get a single faster videocard and forget SLI all together.

Nvidia boards are vastly overpriced in my opinion and quite frankly there really isn't anything wrong with the P5Q-Pro its a great board.

I vote that you stick with your P5Q-Pro.

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Old February 25, 2009, 12:23 PM
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I have always been a fan of Intel Based Chipsets, and my vote will go to them.
That, and the fact that Asus P5Q is a great board from what everyone has told me.

I'd say, go that route.

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Old February 25, 2009, 12:32 PM
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I've got the 780i, and I have no complaints. That said, I got it second hand and cheap, so it actually cost me less than a new P5Q-Pro, or I would have probably just gone that route. I personally tried the Gigabyte p35c-Ds3R before the 780i, and couldnt' get it to run 4gb of ram for love, nor money. I was so frustrated, that I just jumped ship back to an Nvidia chipset--which didn't have any problems, and thus far <knock on wood. has been completely unproblematic.

My advice? Given the cost, stick with the P5Q-Pro. I'm not running SLI on mine anyway, as frankly what I've heard about it is less than convincing, unless I can pick up a $50 8800GT in the future.
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Old February 25, 2009, 12:37 PM
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Well I got the 9800 GTX and the 780i for really cheap. I'm just debating whether or not to rip apart my rig to see if the two cards in sli on the 780i are better then me buying a GTX 280 or 285 and running it on my P5Q-Pro.

I'm really looking for someone who has experience with these mobos and cards, and would be able to guide me... I'm really just looking for the best/fastest gaming setup I can get.

Does anyone know off hand if it would be faster/better to get 1 gtx 280/285, or try the sli.

Thanks in advanced.
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Old February 25, 2009, 01:22 PM
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Funny you should ask that, Anandtech just compared a bunch of multi gpu setups. Really it depends on what game your using it for and resolution. Some games sli does nothing or less. Some games it excels. I think the safest bet is to always go with the fastest single gpu you can afford.

AnandTech: MultiGPU Update: Two-GPU Options in Depth

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I'd honestly go the route sky suggested in your other thread. I think any money invested in hardware would be better spent towards an i7 platform, but thats just my opinion.

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Old February 25, 2009, 01:29 PM
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It appears to be a good route. I think I'll sell the 780i and 9800s first. Then get myself a decent graphics card. Most likely a GTX 280 or 285. Then after I see what my funds are like... consider parting with my current build towards i7.
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What resolution do you game at? If it's anything above 1680X1050, sell the 780i, and the 9800GTXs and get a ATI 4870 or GTX260. Way better than SLIing. I myself am not a big fan of dual GPU configurations.
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What resolution do you game at? If it's anything above 1680X1050, sell the 780i, and the 9800GTXs and get a ATI 4870 or GTX260. Way better than SLIing. I myself am not a big fan of dual GPU configurations.

I'm pretty set on getting a high end gpu. Its always reassuring to read more and more posts about sli being ftl.

Now the question is .... Go NVidia or Ati. I've always been a fan of nVidia but back in the day of 32mb cards, I was an ati fanboy. wow that was along time ago....
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