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Does using the 8x slot for SLI effect performance at all?

Question by Ovidiu from Romania | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Motherboards | Jan 16, 2013 at 4:18 am CST

Hello,

I have a system with the following setup : AMD 955BE CPU, 4GB RAM, 850W PSU and an ASRock M3A785GXH/128M motherboard that has 3 PCIe slots.

One is 16x, the other is 8x and the last is 4x.

If I were to do a 2-way SLI setup with a GTX 660 (using the x16 and x8 slots), would the 8x slot impact performance?

For the moment I'm using a 1680x1050 monitor and in the future I am not planning on going any higher than 1920x1080.

Which GPU should I get on a $300 budget?

Question by Jordi from United States | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Jan 14, 2013 at 11:59 pm CST

I want to buy a new graphics card. I currently have a NVIDIA-powered Gigabyte card and I wanna know that when I get a new card(s), it's the best bang for my buck card(s) I can get. The most I plan to spend is $300. Also, at the moment, which graphics vendor has the most powerful or most recommended card out there, AMD or NVIDIA? Thank you for any help.

Which GPU should I get for mostly FPS and RTS gaming?

Question by Reuben from Singapore | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Jan 10, 2013 at 1:14 am CST

Hi, I am just starting to learn how to build a PC but is stumped about choosing graphics cards! Living in Singapore, I only have a limited selection within my price range and would love to have expert's advice on which to get! I mainly play FPS/RTS, and action games like Assassin's Creed.

Thank you so much!

  • Palit GTX660Ti Jet
  • Palit GTX670
  • MSI N660Ti 2GBD5/OC PCI Express
  • Asus AS GTX660 Ti DCII/2G
  • Powercolor HD7870 2GB GDDR5 EYEFINITY 6 EDITION
  • MSI R7950 Twin Frozr (3GBDDR5)

Can you critique my upgrade and give me some suggestions?

Question by Israel from Philippines | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Computer Systems | Jan 8, 2013 at 10:57 pm CST

hello good day... i am the guy who asked about the processor thermal trip warning last year. recently my computer shuts itself after bootup. the worst part is now is, it wont switch on after i heard a loud bang. so i have decided to replace the core 2 quad Q6600 with a more better processor. can you critique my replacements in order to be sure before going to the computer store and buy them in a few days.

here are the list of parts that i will buy:

  • Intel core i-5 3450
  • Asus P8Z77-V PREMIUM
  • 8GB X 4 pcs 1333Mhz G-Skill Ripjaw RAM
  • CM Hyper 212 evo
  • arctic cooling MX-4 thermal paste

I am open for suggestions just in case...

Thank You Guys

I have a Z77-based motherboard and want to install 32GB of 2400MHz RAM, should I buy 2 x 16GB kits?

Question by Sinclair from United Kingdom (Great Britain) | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | RAM | Jan 7, 2013 at 9:10 pm CST

I have a Z77 motherboard and ivy bridge i7 processor and would like to make use of it's full potential by fitting 32gb RAM. As the Z77 only uses Dual Channel RAM I am finding it very hard to find a set of 4 x 8GB 2400mhz dual channel RAM modules. Would it work it I bought 2 sets of 2 x 8gb 2400mhz Dual Channle kits and fitted them both?

Since Intel's Core i7 is cherry-picked during the binning process, does that make them better than the Core i3 or i5 for general performance and gaming?

Question by Reece from United States | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Dec 30, 2012 at 8:16 pm CST

This is sort of a long question (well, short question with a lot of background info), so get ready for a read.

Most people say an i5 is exactly the same for gaming performance as an i7, because very few games can even utilize more than two cores, and no games currently need more than two cores to run, so the extra 4 threads are useless. That is true.

However, Intel's binning process involves selecting the badly deformed chips, and putting an i3 or lesser name on them. Cache is usually the deformed part. Slightly deformed chips are put into the i5 category, and near-perfect chips are given the i7 name. Since the i7's are binned higher, this means they've formed more perfectly. Doesn't logic follow that if they i7's have formed more perfectly, the cores can achieve higher clockspeeds? I know that usually the cache is deformed, so all an i7 guarantees is better cache, but there's also a strong chance, though no guarantee, of higher clockspeed tolerance.

For example, my i5 can only go up to 4.6GHz, no matter how much voltage I apply. However, most people's i7's can go up to at least 4.8GHz, if not 5GHz. I admit, I have seem i5's go up to 5GHz, and i7's stop at 4.5GHz, but I see way more 5GHz i7's than i5's. Since clocks can be pushed further, doesn't that mean single-core performance, and thus gaming performance increases with an i7?