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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.
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.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!
give this man a cookie.
what this guy said ^
I also agree that he is right.
I can haz battlefield?
you can reroute which pcie slots for a situation like this in the BIOS menu
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,
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/
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,
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).
PS: I hope that I win one of those BF4 keys. :D
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.
Um didnt I just say this all in my comment? Plus I commented earlier?
yeah you get one, can I use this board for my 3 cards
"ASRock X79 Extreme 11 Motherboard"
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.
scroll down to page 21
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
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)
Block & Component Installation
Tubing, Liquid & Conclusion
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
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.
So the best choices (according to my perception) are,
I hope that helps. :)
you get 6GB V-RAM with just 2-way sli
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)?
Yes, its a typo. I meant 3GB with 780 as opposed to 2GB with 680.
Okay, I just wasn't sure.
But still, thank you very much for pointing it out as it'll spread wrong info. :)
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!
For everyones information.
I have the GPU's plugged into the following lanes.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Psycho, they do not fit those slots (1, B2 and 4) are the slots I am using.
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
I have indeed updated the bios, no such luck, thank you
:/ hang in there i'm sure you will get the problem fixed, patience is key, have a great day!
Very Nice Build I think If I was you I woulda gone LGA 2011
Thank you but its all suppose to work and it's not and without 3 gpus its really stuffed me.
click on link above
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.
t 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. That
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.
You can put in 2 but 3 wouldnt have a big boost in performance
The board should have came with a 3 way SLI bridge that plugs into all 3 rather than having two single ones.
Yep the bridges from the Mobo do not come close to fitting as my cards are 2.5 slot :(
Gorgeous build, hope you get it working proper
Thanks, me too mate. Currently losing a lot of sleep over it
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.
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)
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.
You need more fans. nice build.
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?
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 :(
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.
I'll solve this problem soon bro :) let me research.. Because i need that BF4
Dude I can't answer your question, but this is one heck of a build,
Have you tryed turning it on and off again. :)
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.
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..
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.
You can't run 3-way SLI with triple slot cards.
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
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
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.
are all of the BF copies gone ;(
Do the cards in specific support 3-way SLI? Does the motherboard? Is there an incompatibility issue?
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..
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.
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
What about something like this:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :'(
did you try each card individually?
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
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.
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
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.
Yep understood, I may have a third card (2.5 slot) that i just can't run.
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.
Where is your SLI bridge? I'm not seeing one in any of your pictures...
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
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 :)
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?
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!
You need to Use The SLI Bridge (3) Cards that came with the MOBO!!!
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)
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!!!
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!!
The problem is, you have no power supply. Bf4 please.
But really, sell the 4 cards, go dual 780s.
Its in the bottom...