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Maximus V Formula & Asus GTX680 SLI Set Up

Level 7
Hi, new here and just wanting to know a if anyone has had any heating issues with a Asus GTX 680 SLi set up on a Maximus V Formula Board? i currently have the Asus 680 OC and wanting to add another 🙂 i currently have 1000w PSU is this enough? i7 3770k @4.4 16G Ram Thermaltake Armor Revo Gene Snow case, Samsung 120Hz 27" 3D Monitor any help, suggestions or information would be greatly appreciated....

Level 7
could you please confirm that pcie slot 7 is pcie 3.0 x 16 or pcie 2.0 x 4 as it a little confussing in the manual thx 🙂
page x says:
3 x PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x 16 slots (red)
Page 1-21 says:
slot 7 is PCIe 2.0 x4/x1
with only slots 2 & 5 being PCIe 3.0 x16/x8
am i not understaning something here?

When you run a 2 way SLI/CF configuration with slots 2 & 5, they'll run at x8/x8 at PCIe 3.0. But when you run a 3 way setup with slots 2, 5 & 7, they'll run at x8/x4/x4 at PCIe 3.0.

Level 7
just thought i would post a few pics of the updated rig 🙂
Since i am unable to space the cards out enough for my liking on this MVF i will be ordering the asrock extreme 9 which should give me my spacing (1-slot gap) and SLI x16 aswell.
any thought on this board?

Level 7
ok wont let me upload photos atm error code? not sure what happening there but will get them up asap

Level 15

Level 7
got there 🙂
does the MVE have the PLX chip so i am able to use any PCIE slot for SLi and still be able to obtain SLI x8?
As i would like to stay with the Asus brand 🙂
i think the rig is looking good now 🙂


Level 40
Yes it has a plex chip.
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Level 7
what z77 board would you recommend for what i am trying to achieve (air between cards 🙂 ) as the MVF does not reconise SLi with cards in Slots 1 & 7
Gigabyte G1 Sniper,
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP7,
Asus MVE,
Asrock Extreme9,
Asrock Extreme11,
or anything i have forgoten that will give me my gap between the cards, even if it runs through a PLX lane and gives me my SLI x8?
are there any issues with latency doing this? or the best board that overcomes this problem..
reccomendations and help would be greatly appreciated.

Level 15
Gigabyte G1 Sniper 3 - Yes
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP7 - Yes
Asus MVE - Not sure. Default configuration is the 1st and 3rd slot. Not sure if you can use the 1st and 4th slot for 2-way SLI.
Asrock Extreme9 - This is a X79 motherboard. LOL
Asrock Extreme11 - Yes

Level 7
Have ordered my Asrock z77 Extreme 9 Motherboard.
Have moved away from Asus for the first time 😞 (Little worried.) Is anyone runing this board with SLI 680?, Any drama's or rock solid lol...
I think Asus should release a z77 board to accomadate for there massive cards they manufacture? (My thought anyway).
I hope to have this all together over the week end. will up load some pics of the rig changing again and for the last time for a while i hope. 🙂 atleast till the 7series cards arrive 🙂
hope this will solve all my problems even if it is not ASUS branded 😞