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Message 1279731 - Posted: 3 Sep 2012, 18:00:26 UTC

I did a quick search for motherboards/mobo on the forum and didn't return hardly any info. Maybe im looking in the wrong area. Sorry if i am.

Either way I was wondering whats everyone using for motherboards? Which ones seem more reliable for 24/7 work? better for multiple video cards?

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Message 1279736 - Posted: 3 Sep 2012, 18:21:55 UTC - in response to Message 1279731.
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Motherboards you should NOT buy.

Can't tell you more than that, my ECS K7S5A is reliable for sure, it's about 10 years old now, but you're searching for sure for more recent stuff.
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Message 1279737 - Posted: 3 Sep 2012, 18:30:17 UTC

Mine is discontinued. But here's the link anyway
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Message 1279739 - Posted: 3 Sep 2012, 18:46:45 UTC

Both mine are Asus, but I can't recall which models
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Message 1279740 - Posted: 3 Sep 2012, 18:51:00 UTC

Thanks everyone. Any info is great for me and for others that are wondering the same.

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Message 1279742 - Posted: 3 Sep 2012, 18:51:09 UTC

All quite old but 2 of

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Message 1279744 - Posted: 3 Sep 2012, 18:54:31 UTC

The kitties are Asus all the way.
Many different models, but all Asus.
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Message 1279745 - Posted: 3 Sep 2012, 18:54:58 UTC - in response to Message 1279739.

Hey Rob, there might be other ways to find out but I use a program called Speccy. If gives you a ton of info of your system. Heres a link http://www.piriform.com/speccy Hope its ok I add this link.

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Message 1279748 - Posted: 3 Sep 2012, 19:00:29 UTC

That would only work on one of my crunchers, the other one runs Linux. The truth is they are both working, are probably obsolete, and while they going I have little concern. When they stop the cruncher will be rebuilt using a new processor, motherboard and RAM, but retaining the data drives. Cruel I know, but they do 24/7 (unlike some of their predecessors which wouldn't do the 24 bit never mind the 7 bit)
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Message 1279758 - Posted: 3 Sep 2012, 19:23:01 UTC

Been using Asus P6T V2 Deluxe socket 1366 with I7-920 cpu for years.
Supports 2 graphics cards only (Overclocking reliable)


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Message 1279803 - Posted: 3 Sep 2012, 22:27:35 UTC
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Asus P6T. Have been running 5 for a number of years. Just upgraded 2 of them to Asus P8Z77.
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Message 1279855 - Posted: 4 Sep 2012, 1:53:47 UTC

Had to make an emergency purchase in local computer store recently (hard to shop the net with a MB that won't try to boot!) Bought an ASUS M4N68T-M V2. It's okay, but the documentation for the BIOS settings is lousy. Unusual options I haven't seen before, and the documentation just says "enabled turns it on, disabled turns it off". No clue as to what impact it has. Hard to believe someone gets paid to write that!
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Message 1279956 - Posted: 4 Sep 2012, 11:50:52 UTC

I've got an Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 motherboard. Very stable.
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Message 1279963 - Posted: 4 Sep 2012, 12:24:12 UTC

Although my rig is still under construction, due to a previous motherboard failure, I just got a Rampage 3 Black Edition. I should be ready to give it a try this coming weekend.

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Message 1279985 - Posted: 4 Sep 2012, 14:17:04 UTC

For many, many, many years I was an ASUS fan, but I've gone with GigaByte for the past 3 or 4 years.

Depending on your purposes differing manufacture have advantages. Those advantages can also be per product. If your plan is to overclock everything within a micron of it's life a manufacture may have a good board for that. However that robustness may not carry over into all of their products.
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Message 1280225 - Posted: 5 Sep 2012, 12:00:13 UTC

An additional question to this, does the configuration of the PCIe slots on a certain mobo have a huge affect on crunching data? Like if the slots are running x8 or x4 or x16 will it have a huge affect?? Will I/we get the maximum out of these expensive graphics cards?

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Message 1280354 - Posted: 5 Sep 2012, 18:13:24 UTC - in response to Message 1280225.

An additional question to this, does the configuration of the PCIe slots on a certain mobo have a huge affect on crunching data? Like if the slots are running x8 or x4 or x16 will it have a huge affect?? Will I/we get the maximum out of these expensive graphics cards?

Basically: Yes, it does, but not sure if "hughe" apply always...

Some apps/projects will be more afected than others, but even those apps that do little comunications between the main CPU/memory and the GPU will be marginally faster on a PCIe 3.0 16x.
Here in SETI, the kind of PCIe will have more effect on performance over the GPU Astropulse apps. S@H Enhanced GPU tasks should also be affected but will be less noticeable.
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Message 1280437 - Posted: 5 Sep 2012, 22:50:10 UTC - in response to Message 1280225.

An additional question to this, does the configuration of the PCIe slots on a certain mobo have a huge affect on crunching data? Like if the slots are running x8 or x4 or x16 will it have a huge affect?? Will I/we get the maximum out of these expensive graphics cards?

In the past some users have done tests where they ran their cards at various slot speeds. Comparing x16 to x8 to x4. There is a measurable difference at x4, but not a great amount. I don't recall the numbers at the moment but something like 4% slowdown at x4 and little to none at x8.

Really the only time the PCIe bus is used is the transferring of work to and form the card. With faster cards cranking though work faster that slow down would probably increase. As more tasks are being loaded and unloaded in a given amount of time.

In any case if you want to run a 2nd or 3rd card in a PCIe x4 slot it isn't going to greatly effect its processing. Other things like gameplay or 3D rendering could be a totally different story.
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Message 1280461 - Posted: 6 Sep 2012, 0:35:22 UTC

Both of my systems are 1st gen i7 (930 & 950) using Intel's DX58SO mobos. The oldest one started acting up several months ago and was replaced by the vendor (Tiger Direct) at no charge. Both boards are up 24/7 and are supporting multiple GPUs and I couldn't be more happy with them. When and if I upgrade to a newer generation of CPU, I hope to find a board that will serve me as well.
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Message 1280583 - Posted: 6 Sep 2012, 13:49:23 UTC

From a little research looks like you can also use different graphics cards on the same mobo and it should work. But the preferred is to have the same cards.

Is anyone using different graphics cards on the same box??

This is great info. It has helped me with possible decisions and i hope it will help others.

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