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To any one that helps, I'll send 5 copies of bf4 out when released. To the best 5 answers.
by FacelessKill3r
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Need a board that those annoying 3 slot 680 cards will "RUN" on.. god damn it, there has to be one out there, "ASUS, are you listening, make a board that works with your 3 slot cards PLEASE..

3 keys to the top 3 comments.

Details
Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Asus GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.14Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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dschutt84 [3 Builds] 16 points 15 months ago

If you want 3 way SLI you need to install the cards in PCI slots 1, 2A, 3. Since you have a 3 slot cards you are covering up 2A which Is need for 3-way SLI on that motherboard. You can only use 2-Way sli with this board and those cards. Sorry man but either you need to get 2011 board or get 2 slot GTX 680's. Here's a link that shows you all the slots and how to connect them for SLI configurations. 3-way sli is for 1, 2A, 3 only

http://www.bjorn3d.com/2012/10/asus-maximus-v-extreme/ (This is the 1155 Board but similar to 1150)

http://www.bjorn3d.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/4way-700x525.jpg

http://www.asus.com/ROG_ROG/MAXIMUS_VI_EXTREME/ (This is 1150 scroll down and you will see the same photo)

Or you can replace the coolers with a water block or smaller 2 slot air cooler.

Hope this helps :) Best of luck!

 
 
Mincading [12 Builds] 7 points 15 months ago

give this man a cookie.

 
 
plgdg [1 Build] 5 points 15 months ago

He's right.

 
 
colours [1 Build] 4 points 15 months ago

what this guy said ^

 
 
8F01C198997 [8 Builds] 3 points 15 months ago

I also agree that he is right.

4TH.

I can haz battlefield?

 
 
bloodamir80 2 points 12 months ago

you can reroute which pcie slots for a situation like this in the BIOS menu

 
 
Mr_Sloth 6 points 15 months ago

Hi FacelessKill3r

I did lots of research and I'm pretty sure that the board is fine because it runs 2 way sli properly.

The thing is that you can't run 3 way sli by connection the cards in slots "1, 2b & 4". For 3 way sli, you have to connect them in slots "1, 2A & 3" respectively.

I searched a lot for a motherboard that supports 3-way sli (with 2.5 slot wide) cards but I can't find anything so upgrading the motherboard is out of choice.

So you have 2 choices,

  • sell one 680 and be happy with 2-way 680 sli
  • see all the 3x680's and get 2x780

Based on comparing 2 benches, I found out that 2-way 780 will give around 90% performance of 3-way 680.

@1440p, the average fps

Game                    3x680                    2x780

Skyrim                   72                       83
Battlefield 3           124                      111
Crysis                   77                       68
Hitman: Absolution       60                       63
Metro 2033               70                       56

3-way 680 - http://www.rage3d.com/board/showthread.php?t=33998716

2-way 780 - http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_780_SLI/

But these benches are done by different people with different hardware and in-game settings (but mostly on max) so it doesn't directly compare to the actual performance.

If we did a bench that directly compares 3-way 680 vs 2-way 780, the above results should be almost near/identical to the actual benches

The 780 sli is the best choice based on the following things,

  • you get 3GB V-RAM with 780 (Edit: actually only 3GB RAM, earlier I mentioned it as 6GB and its a typo)
  • less heat
  • less power requirement
  • less scaling issues etc

Now the specs, 780 has 7.1 billion stream processors, 48 ROPs & 192 TMUs whereas 680 has just 3.5 billion stream processors, 32 ROPs & 128 TMUs.

Also its better to sell 680 now (so that you can sell it at better price) rather than later because after 8xx series are launched, 680 will look old. :P

And if you're going with 780, then I recommend EVGA ACX GTX 780 3GB (and its a dual slot card, so you're safe even if you want 3/4-way sli in the future).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-130-918

Cheers!

PS: I hope that I win one of those BF4 keys. :D

 
 
FacelessKill3r [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 15 months ago

You win 1 of the keys my friend, I like your answer a lot, i'm going to keep the 3 680's and water cool them, now I have to find the right water blocks and all the correct parts to "water cool JUST THE CARDS"

could you help a little more for what I would need to do this?

Thank you a lot, I will be going through the rest of the comments for 4 more winners thanks to everyone who helped.

 
 
dschutt84 [3 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Um didnt I just say this all in my comment? Plus I commented earlier?

 
 
FacelessKill3r [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

yeah you get one, can I use this board for my 3 cards

"ASRock X79 Extreme 11 Motherboard"

 
 
dschutt84 [3 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

Asrocks manual for this board said 3-way SLI is only on PCI-e lanes 1,3,5 with your cards they would have to be in 1,4,7....Asrocks website is kind of limited so in guessing id say no with those cards. I have been trying to find you a board to work with your cards but it seems a lot harder then I though. Ill keep looking!

But it seems to only make this work is changing the cooler to a dual slot card vs triple slot card.

ftp://66.226.78.21/manual/X79%20Extreme11.pdf

scroll down to page 21

 
 
FacelessKill3r [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

thanks champ, you def get a code though, I have been busy lately and haven't got back to the others yet but I have 3 winners already.

I just want a board that these cards can go on, I can't return them or buy new ones at the moment lol.. Thanks for your help mate.

Maybe it just can't be done with 3 slot cards, If I had of known a year ago I would never have went 3 slot, oh well, maybe there is hope.. thanks again.. you guys are awesome

 
 
dschutt84 [3 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks man! But ill keep looking, cant right now at work lol. But from a little research it doesn't look good for a 3 slot card going SLI. I checked all the top end 2011 boards and none of them support it either. If you water cool at least one of your cards, you will be able to keep the other two at 3 slot cards and make it work with your current setup. But yeah the look of that would be kind of ghetto.

Other options are to sell at least one of the GTX 680's or sell them all and pick up 3 new GTX 770's? I'd personally go this way though; Sell the GTX 680's and pick up 2 GTX 780's and later down the road go 3 way with that. You would have a beast of a machine. Now you wouldnt have to worry about the cost of buying all those water blocks and the performance would be a ton better then the 680's.

 
 
Mr_Sloth 1 point 14 months ago

Hi,

I've searched a lot and there are "no" boards that support 3-way sli with triple slot cards.

I think you should get "R9-280x" (just 300$/card) and crossfire them. :p

 
 
JoeyWDL [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

I think this block should fit your cards but you will want to confirm that on your own.

From what I've seen and read, Swiftech is a good place to get watercooling supplies from. You will need a reservoir, at least one radiator (I think the 900D can fit multiple though if you want), a pump, some fittings, and some tubing. The reservoir that fits into the 5.25" bays looks pretty cool to me if you have room, but that's just my opinion. It's your project so you should build it how you want it, just like the rest of your computer. That's just one website I know of, and I'm not saying any others are bad, so feel free to shop around.

Just so you have some information on watercooling, here are a couple Youtube videos about setting up a loop:

NCIX Tech Tips (Good series IMO)

Lifehacker

 
 
Mr_Sloth 1 point 15 months ago

Hi FacelessKill3r,

Thank you very much for offering me a key. I just can't believe it. :D

Ok, I don't have any personal experience with water cooling and so I did my research and posting this.

First the cost:

I think you'll need to spend more than 600$ (approx) for water cooling 3 graphic cards.

The water blocks & radiator itself will cost around 450$.

Then you have to buy

  • Fans (For that radiator, you need 3x120mm fans or 6x120mm fans for push/pull config)
  • Reservoir
  • Pump
  • Tubes
  • Thermal paste
  • Other stuffs
  • Fan controller (not mandatory but recommended)

Water Cooling Guides:

Installing a custom water cooling system is the most advanced level in building PC's but yes, everyone is a newbie in their first attempt at anything.

Also as a word of caution, if the water cooling leaks then it'll damage the components and you can't claim warranty for components that are damaged by water leaks.

And there are a 3rd party VGA cooler for 680's, http://www.arctic.ac/en/p/assistant/vga/chip/250, but they are also 3-slot coolers so they're out of choice.

Again, its your money but I still recommend to avoid water cooling the 680's because you can't re-use the waterblocks (AFAIK but I might be wrong) with other cards.

  • 2x780 - 1300$ (and you'll get "more money" by selling the 3x680's at this time rather than in the future) = Savings for you
  • Water cooling the 680's - More than 600$ (360$ go waste when you upgrade the cards if you don't sell the cards along with the water cooling system that you built and also you'll get "less money" for those 680's if you sell them after 8xx series are launched)

So the best choices (according to my perception) are,

  • Sell 1 680 and be happy with 680sli if you "can" wait until 8xx series are launched.
  • Sell the 680's & get 2x780 if you can't wait until 8xx series are launched.

I hope that helps. :)

Cheers!

 
 
JoeyWDL [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

you get 6GB V-RAM with just 2-way sli

From what I've read, there aren't going to be 6GB 780s, at least not any time soon. I may be wrong here, but if you put two 3GB cards in SLI, don't you only have 3GB VRAM in the end? In order to have 6GB, wouldn't you need a Titan (or Titans if you SLI them)?

 
 
Mr_Sloth 1 point 15 months ago

Yes, its a typo. I meant 3GB with 780 as opposed to 2GB with 680.

 
 
JoeyWDL [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Okay, I just wasn't sure.

 
 
Mr_Sloth 1 point 15 months ago

But still, thank you very much for pointing it out as it'll spread wrong info. :)

 
 
JoeyWDL [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

No problem!

 
 
rydog 1 point 15 months ago

Agreed, but why settle and stay stuck with 2 780's when you can get a 690, and then later on when you have the money, add another 690. Would have sooo much more power!

 
 
FacelessKill3r [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

For everyones information.

I have the GPU's plugged into the following lanes.

lane 1 lane 2b lane 4

 
 
FinnishPsycho [2 Builds] 0 points 15 months ago

http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/MAXIMUS_VI_EXTREME/ check the "Unleash your graphic power" part, theres a mini-guide for getting 3-way sli to work. If that doesn't help, there's something wrong with the board

 
 
FacelessKill3r [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

Do you see the chart on the "unleash your graphic power" 'graph' So, if you look at the 3 way SLI column, the B2 lane does not have anything written in it eg 16x 8x 4x etc.. instead it states 3 way SLI equals the following lanes

1-@ x8 A2-@x16 3-@x8

If i am reading that correctly, my understanding is that my three 2.5 slot cards are not going to work as they cannot fit into those slots.

Or i could be wrong and they should just work, it makes no sense that these cards fit perfectly onto the board but do not register in the BIOS.

this is eating at me so bad, so much money and time has been put into this.

I appreciate all the help i can get

 
 
JoeyWDL [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

From that chart, it looks to me that the B2 slot is meant for 2-way SLI only.

You could confirm that the slot works by just using slots 1 and B2 with two of your cards. If both cards are recognized in that configuration, then that means you will have to find a way to use slot A2 for you 3-way configuration.

I don't have a lot of knowledge about liquid cooling, but I think if you have the time and money you could install water blocks on the video cards so they take up less space. I don't want to give you bad info so if you're interested in that you should do some research.

After a quick(not thorough) check, I didn't see any LGA1150 motherboards that looked like they would support three 2.5 slot cards in SLI. The size of your coolers might have put you in a bad position here.

 
 
FacelessKill3r [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Yeah, I also thought about that one, I'm pretty sure by that graph it's as you state, the 3rd card needs to go into the A2 lane. I think I will have to get all new cards :( Thank you for your answer.

 
 
JoeyWDL [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Glad to help, not so glad to see someone in this situation :/. I'd recommend 770s because from what I've read and seen on Youtube they look to have close to or better than the performance of 680s when you factor in things like GPU Boost 2.0 and everything. They also look a lot more affordable than 780s and Titans.

I don't have any personal experience with these because I don't have the money for a discrete GPU, but I read about them a lot because they are interesting to me.

 
 
FacelessKill3r [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

well, looks like im going to have to try and sell 3 680 gpu's or put two back in my old system and sell one and grab some new cards.

So dual cards that will fit this bard for 3 way SLI are? Don't want to make the same mistake again. Thanks again...

 
 
JoeyWDL [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

It looks like you can use any 2 slot cards for up to a 4-way SLI configuration. What I'm going off of is that I can see an extra slot-sized space between the slots you would be using. If you want to stick with Asus, you can get this card, but if you stick to dual slot (avoid 2.5 or 3 slot cards) you should be good.

If you have other PCIe cards for WiFi or sound or anything like that, or plan on getting any in the future, you should pay attention to which slots you are covering. Even though you aren't actually using them, your video coolers will block them off. It seems obvious but we all overlook things like that sometimes.

 
 
FinnishPsycho [2 Builds] 0 points 15 months ago

Well, if the cards don't fit those slots ( 1, A2 and 3) then it shouldn't be working, but if the cards do fit, then it's your motherboards issue.

 
 
FacelessKill3r [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Psycho, they do not fit those slots (1, B2 and 4) are the slots I am using.

 
 
FinnishPsycho [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

In that case, I doub't you'll get three way sli with those cards on that board.

 
 
FacelessKill3r [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

By case, I assume you mean the shell case on the card?

 
 
FinnishPsycho [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Actually I meant "in that case" as a saying... meaning in that scenario etc. but yeah, i guess i didnt think it through. But what I meant was, if the cards do not fit, you most likely wont get 3-way sli

 
 
FacelessKill3r [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

understood. Thanks captain :-)

 
 
plgdg [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Where is your SLI bridge? I'm not seeing one in any of your pictures...

 
 
FacelessKill3r [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

The bridge is under the shell, (look at the 140mm exhaust fan) under that if you zoom in they are there, (they're gold) I can not take anymore pics to show you as the PC sn't with me at the moment. The bridge is going from card 1 to card 2 to card 3. I called Asus and they confirmed that I do not need a bridge from card 1 to card 3 as I thought that may be a problem but even if it were, the 3rd card should show in the BIOS

 
 
GamingPC69 1 point 15 months ago

Have you tried updating the bios to its newest version? Other than that i don't think i can help you very much :( but hey i like the build, color scheme is awesome and i love that motherboard! So expensive though :D

 
 
FacelessKill3r [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

I have indeed updated the bios, no such luck, thank you

 
 
GamingPC69 1 point 15 months ago

:/ hang in there i'm sure you will get the problem fixed, patience is key, have a great day!

 
 
PatrickG 1 point 15 months ago

Very Nice Build I think If I was you I woulda gone LGA 2011

 
 
FacelessKill3r [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Thank you but its all suppose to work and it's not and without 3 gpus its really stuffed me.

 
 
PatrickG 1 point 15 months ago

click on link above

 
 
Stratography 1 point 15 months ago

You cant man those are 3 slot cards. Sorry Bro. When did you buy those 680s? if you can return those you will be able to get a couple Asus 770s. Thats how much I can help in this situation.

 
 
FacelessKill3r [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

Thank you Stratography, that is what i was afraid of, I bought two 680's last year, and the other about 4 weeks ago. I was hoping I could 3 way SLI them so i didn't have to buy all new cards.

 
 
Stratography 2 points 15 months ago

You can put in 2 but 3 wouldnt have a big boost in performance

 
 
794 [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

The board should have came with a 3 way SLI bridge that plugs into all 3 rather than having two single ones.

 
 
FacelessKill3r [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Yep the bridges from the Mobo do not come close to fitting as my cards are 2.5 slot :(

 
 
polarbehr [4 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Gorgeous build, hope you get it working proper

 
 
FacelessKill3r [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Thanks, me too mate. Currently losing a lot of sleep over it

 
 
Alex1992 1 point 15 months ago

PSU is not listed in the build.. maybe it can't power all three cards? Just a thought.

I dunno prolly not very helpful, just though I would give my 2 cents. GL!

 
 
FacelessKill3r [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Thanks, the psu is working fine and has been tested thoroughly with everything in that system, it has the juice to power it all. Thank you though. Psu is the corsair 850 professional (it's only being used until my 1200i comes)

 
 
Really2n2 1 point 15 months ago

Are you using different DVI/HDMI ports on the cards? That's the part that sucks with the SLI configs, you have to use different ports to get the best frame rates and/or to see the screen in some cases. Also, try to update your BIOS on your mobo. But other then that the build looks great, I'll just wouldn't have got the gtx 680 after the gtx 770 have released.

 
 
PickItApart 1 point 15 months ago

You need more fans. nice build.

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Here is JJ from ASUS talking about 3 way 680 SLI. I'm at work and currently can't listen to what he is saying but maybe this will help?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVCzqgkBeSE

He's got a 3 way SLI bridge, maybe try purchasing one like this? I know it sucks to tell you to spend more money but I really don't know what the issue is and this is my best advice.

Hope this video helps!

Just came across this article. This guy was having same problem and ended up RMA his board and getting a different one. I hope it doesn't come to that for you though :(

http://forums.tweaktown.com/asrock/46871-z68-extreme7-gen3-will-not-detect-3way-sli.html

 
 
a_slow_descent 1 point 15 months ago

I don't really care about the battle feel 4 but HOLY **** this is a monster build. Let us know some benchmarks when you get it running and I would like some pics of your monitor set up. You must have at least a few monitor set up. I know I am really interested in the benchmarks and I am sure others would be as well.

 
 
piyar 1 point 15 months ago

I'll solve this problem soon bro :) let me research.. Because i need that BF4

 
 
Mattkx4 1 point 15 months ago

Dude I can't answer your question, but this is one heck of a build,

 
 
Mattyice47 [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Have you tryed turning it on and off again. :)

 
 
gamingfreaksingapore 1 point 15 months ago

The build looks great, love the cable managment. I didn't see an SLI bridge, I think you need one. Since I have never SLI'd 680's im not sure. Also, what the other comments have been saying (not to copy you, just to try and get all the info into one post), your gpus are too big, they are covering up one slot. If you get watercooling blocks, which looks beast and performs great, you probably will be able to fit them, but the motherboard might be broken which means that it would be throwing money away. I would try re-loading the drivers and testing each one individually, and 2-way SLI with an SLI brige. The bridge looks like a black strip of plastic and connects to the end pointing away from the case. You have to buy a second one, since the Mobo only includes one as far as I know. I'm really sorry this happened to such a great system. You might want to do some research and contact ROG, Asus, and Nvidia so they can try to help you. Alternatively, you can RMA your Mobo and get a new one, which will be quite a hassle. Also, what PSU are you using? It may not have suficient wattage to power the cards to the point where they actually turn on, instead of just lighting up. In coclusion, SLI Bridge, reinstall drivers, RMA mobo, Watercooling, check PSU. Those are ur options, SLI Bridge is a must.

 
 
FacelessKill3r [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Thanks bud, all cards work on their own, even the B2 slot. I know now that I have to water cool the cards.

For you to win a key I will need info on watercooling the 680 cards with all the correct parts respectively.

Thank you and the others a lot.. I'll update the heading, 1 key has been won already..

 
 
gamingfreaksingapore 2 points 15 months ago

Now, I imagine you are only going to watercool the GTX 680's and not your cpu too, because otherwise there would be a lot of heat and you would need lots of radiators. Since I dont know what your budget is, I recommend going to www.frozencpu.com. That site offers many different blocks and backplates. JUst make sure you get the GTX 680 Asus DCII compatible ones and a backplate. Also you need a pump, fittings, 3-way SLI bridge, Reservior, cooling fluid, cables, and a few radiators, which you can luckily fit in the bottom and front of the 900D.

 
 
SumanIV [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

You can't run 3-way SLI with triple slot cards.

 
 
LookTopHats [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Yep

 
 
Henson.conor [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Yea looking at those cards it will not work because you don't have them in the correct slots even though they are all connected to the mobo. The Mobo will not recognize the third one because with slot 2a and 2b The third slot 2b will only be "working" if 2a is populated. One thing you could do if you dont want to get rid of one or all of the 680's is replace the cooler on them to a two slot air or water cooler. But if you are looking for new cards the gtx 770 are around the same speed as the 680 and only take up two slots. Like others have said if you want to three way sli these cards with the coolers they have now you would need to get a socket 2011 mobo with a new cpu. Dchutt84 has some great links that should help you. Also if you decide to keep the cards and get a 2011 mobo what are you trying to do with this build so that we can help you chose a good mobo for your needs? Also I would sell the 680's and get two 780 because they run almost identically to the 680's but you only need two and they are more future proof than the 680's and they will work with the mobo. Ask if you have any questions

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Azote [3 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Your build looks like the featured build for the new 750D corsair case that is coming out ! http://www.corsair.com/media/catalog/product/7/5/750d_built_side_view_opened.png

 
 
animusvox54 1 point 15 months ago

First, if you have a warranty on these cards at all, then you can return them easily. You wouldn't need to return every single one, as SLI works with any PCB, unless it has been modified by the manufacturer. You can check and make sure, and if they have the stock PCB's, you can buy a different card. SLI isn't necessarily only for the exact same cards, but if you buy a lower clocked one, then you will be limited that power cards maximum.

With so much power already in this setup, I don't necessarily find a need for 3 way SLI GTX 680's. Once you get to the multi card setup, the scaling isn't very good. NVIDIA doesn't even advise running a 3-4 way SLI setup just because of the bad scaling. Not completely sure why you went with an older card, as Kepler has an updated series. You could have gotten so much more power running two 780's than 3 680's, but that's just my opinion.

Anyways, I guess what I'm saying is that having that much power is practically giving you bragging rights and gives you no real advantage in gaming unless running multiple monitors while gaming. You spent and extra 500 just to be able to say that you got an extra 20 FPS.

tl;dr Send your extra card back and get a smaller one, just make sure it is close or better than your current ones.

 
 
LiquidPlatinum 1 point 15 months ago

are all of the BF copies gone ;(

 
 
LiquidPlatinum 1 point 15 months ago

Do the cards in specific support 3-way SLI? Does the motherboard? Is there an incompatibility issue?

 
 
LiquidPlatinum 1 point 15 months ago

Actually, this should help a bit http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?18406-Asus-Rampage-IV-Extreme-GTX680-DC2T-2GD5 its for the rampage IV, not the maximus, but I'm sure there related in some way. Maybe its an ASUS thing..

 
 
piyar 1 point 15 months ago

You're using a 3-way sli bridge, & not a 2-way sli bridge right?. If so open nvidia control panel & activate sli from there.

 
 
rydog 1 point 15 months ago

Don't get 4 "Low priced" cards, instead you should get 2 higher priced cards. Based on the price you currently have for all 4, I suggest going to two 690's. Two of those would definitely beat 4 of the 680's.

Otherwise, the rest of your build is pretty fine, just remember this advice for next time you build one, its a common mistake to make.

-Geek Squad Manager

 
 
Mediciu5 [2 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

What about something like this:

http://www.amazon.com/PCI-E-Express-Extender-Flexible-Extension/dp/B008BZBFTG

Personally I was looking something like that for just one card because I want to build a case myself and I don't want to limit my size requirements by the dimensions of an assembled MB/CPU/CPU Fan/GPU group.

That said, I'm not really very hardware savvy, so this may not even work for what you need.

But if it does and you're only limited in the orientation of the card, I assume you'd still need to work out the 3-way SLI bridge(?) or whatever the SLI cable itself is called.

Med

 
 
Nfm127 1 point 14 months ago

The cards have to be in 1 2A and 3 for 3 way SLI, you can only run 2 of the 680's or sell them, and purchase a 2 different higher end cards.

 
 
LookTopHats [2 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

To most of you, this will be a stupid question, but why are there four fans in the basement? You seem to already have water cooling so it cant be a radiator and does a power supply need that much cooling haha? I'm a noob with this kinda thing. Have never put any research into basements etc.

 
 
JoeyWDL [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

I tried helping you before and I just checked back to see if you found a solution yet. I'm pretty sure that when I was searching when you posted this, I was unable to find any boards that would support three of the 3-slot cards.

I wish your board could, as is seems like it physically can but it is just not wired to do so. I think the reason for this is so there is room to attach 4 2-slot cards without having to have 5 activated slots.

I still think your options are water cooling or getting new cards altogether, but I hope you come to a conclusion that doesn't cost you too much money. If you want, I am willing to try to help you find the best option, and you can either reply to this or send me a message if you want to take me up on that.

 
 
PapaKev 1 point 14 months ago

Yes, what you want to do can be done. This is the part you need. http://www.evga.com/articles/00600/ Here the form that got us to this conclusion. It is a very informative read. http://en.community.dell.com/owners-club/alienware/f/3746/t/19346132.aspx?pi21932=1 I have 3 ATI 5870 HD running in tri configuration. The guys in this forum had the same problem as you with there GTX 680's. This can be a long read, a lot of work went into this to find an answer. Page 6 is where the answer comes. Good luck I hope this $10.00 part solves your issues.

 
 
dschutt84 [3 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

Are you really giving away CD Keys for BF4? Cause if you aren't which I'm fine with ill be buying it later tonight. You said I have won a CD Key so I was just wondering. Glad I could help ya at the time and no luck on finding a MB that supports 3 of your cards :'(

 
 
metherul 1 point 10 months ago

Well, that was a perfect build that settled your most manliest hidden secrets, to play Barbie Dreamhouse: The Adult Version HD. Do not worry, you need that power to render those extra high quality graphics. Have a good time hum- never mind. LOL just joking, so if they do come out with an uncensored Barbie Dreamhouse, don't get it. So good build quality overall, and I think Battlefield 4 had come out by now... Shoot. Well, good job and keep on building. (And playing Barbie Uncensored HD) Cheers. -Metherul

 
 
reece00567 [1 Build] 0 points 15 months ago

did you try each card individually?

 
 
FacelessKill3r [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

I did, they all work individually. The cards are 2.5slot cards. Im not sure if the motherboard is faulty or if i simply cant run the right lanes for three of these 2.5 slot cards.. On the MOB webpage it shows a "PCIE Lane chart"

I have noticed that the Lanes I have the cards in, is not specified on the MOB "chart" (eg, they do not match)

I built this computer around those cards and to think that I'm going to be stuck with 2 cards that don't work because the motherboard does not support the right lanes that I need is really upsetting to the point I feel sick and to buy 3 more gpu's is not an option at this point.

If all cards work individually then it should show 3 in the bios.

as far as I know no one has used these cards in triple SLI.. and i am not an experienced pc builder so im stuck..

I would really appreciate all the help that i can get here please

 
 
JakeyU72 [3 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

I would say you should RMA the board, it may be time consuming, but you will (or should) be able to do this with a new board. If you want, you could just return that board and get another one, like the Gigabyte UP4. It also matches your red and black theme. I know, this requires uninstalling everything and installing it again, but if you get 2 more 680s out of it, it will be worth it. I think that it's the motherboard, because the lights are on, which means the power is flowing to them, but the motherboard isn't recognizing the cards, so I think it's the PCIE lanes.

 
 
reece00567 [1 Build] 0 points 15 months ago

defiantly RMA the board, or even take it back to the retailer and ask them to take a look at it, other than that i am not sure

 
 
FacelessKill3r [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Seriously i'm a 200% or nothing personality and i'm struggling not to throw this build in the bin. I have applied for a RMA, and I do hope it's the board, just doesn't make sense to me, but because i have not found anyone else that has triple SLI'd these Asus GTX 680 2.5 slot cards i think i have made a mistake thinking it could be done, even 'pcpartpicker' said in the build specs, "that everything was compatible"

Really want this 3rd card running.

 
 
FinnishPsycho [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Regarding pcpartpickers compatibility system, its really hard to gather all the necessary info for this build, since I doubt it checks that all the components physically fit (2.5/3 slot cards etc.)

 
 
FacelessKill3r [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Yep understood, I may have a third card (2.5 slot) that i just can't run.

 
 
JoeyWDL [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

I think your doubting is correct. On the bottom of the system build page there is a small message that says:

  • Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically > checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat > spreaders, long video cards in mini-ITX cases, etc.
 
 
pepper211 0 points 15 months ago

U should try all the lanes on your motherboard if they even work, ive had the same problem with a SLI setup.... one of the lanes just didnt work. Also you could try replacing the SLI bridge, one of my friends had a problem with that :)

 
 
FacelessKill3r [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Ok, could you explain more on what you mean by replacing the SLI bridge? Do you mean the actual SLI adapters? or change the way I have them?

Also when you say try all the lanes individually do you mean, one card in one lane? Until I have tested them all? Thank you

 
 
pepper211 1 point 15 months ago

What i mean with replacing the SLI bridge is; buy a new SLI bridge, this could help. And about the lanes; test all the lanes with one gpu (so not all gpu's but one that you change slot to test if the slots actually work) I hope this helps!

 
 
PatrickG 0 points 15 months ago

You need to Use The SLI Bridge (3) Cards that came with the MOBO!!!

 
 
FacelessKill3r [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

ok, the SLI bridges that came wth the MOBO, are for single or double slot cards, my cards are 2.5 so the bridges for the asus maximus VI board do not come close to fitting. I have to use the SLI adapters that came with my cards, as I am using if you zoom in on the first pic.

regardless, this can't be the problem or I would be seeing all three cards in the bios and then not being able to activate SLI in Nvidia settings (I hope that made sense)

 
 
PatrickG 1 point 15 months ago

Is the SLI bridge flexible maybe you have to loop it up. Like a OHM sign??? for a a lack of a better way to describe it. Look for other peoples build with your board and checkout the way someone SLI two Titians!!!

 
 
 
 
WickedRG 0 points 15 months ago

Man i love this build i really wish i could buy it but don't got the money! I get the purpose of just buying one more card instead of all new ones but those cards are a year old y not just try and sell them and run 2 way sli 780's or 3 way sli 770's you will probably get better graphics and frames. Great build though and really cool. maybe ad a LED kit to the inside so that it ads more color and looks cooler sitting on your desk. XD Love the build hopefully you can get the problem fixed!!! Maybe just switch out boards this can save you more money than changing the cards out!! GL and dont sweat it there are people out there that will want to help you!!

 
 
TheInfamousR [3 Builds] -3 points 15 months ago

The problem is, you have no power supply. Bf4 please.

But really, sell the 4 cards, go dual 780s.

 
 
LiquidPlatinum 1 point 15 months ago

LOL

 
 
LookTopHats [2 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

Its in the bottom...