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MSI P67A-G45 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Setting up SLI without blocking the SATA ports 05/24/2011

This review is from: MSI P67A-G45 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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Other Thoughts: Other reviews state that using a GTX 460 covers the sata ports. I would like to mention that is not the case if you use Palit GTX 460 cards. I have 2 in SLI and the second card doesnt come anywhere near the SATA ports. Palit GTX 460 cards are smaller and rock the pants off any game I throw at it.

MB: MSI P67A-G45
RAM: 4 x 2GB Patriot 1600
CPU: Intel i5 2500k
Video: 2 x Palit GTX 460 in SLI
Power: Thermaltake 850W
Case: Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W BX80623I52500K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Temps:
Stays cool. My cpu sits between 29C and 32C using the stock heatsink and fan. Keep in mind I have 3 exhaust fans and 3 fans that suck in air through the case.

No lag on on Starcraft 2 (heavily dependent on CPU). Windows boots up so fast its unreal and thats with a 5400rpm hard drive. Even when gaming this processor does not go past 45C. I have overclocked to 4.0GHZ temporarily and temps never went past 45C while gaming.

Cons: Seriously? ... none come to mind

Other Thoughts: MB: MSI P67A-G45
RAM: 4 x 2GB Patriot 1600
CPU: 15 2500k
Video: 2 x Palit GTX 460 in SLI
Power: Thermaltake 850W
Case: Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced

Palit NE5X460SF1102 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Sonic 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Performance:
Fantastic! When I had only one card, I could max all settings on Starcraft 2, FFXIV, Assasins Creed, Star Wars TFU2, etc... FPS stays well above 30 FPS. I later bought another to SLI just to be ready for tesselation (DX11) as that requires more GPU power.

Cards come stock 700/1400/1800. I bumped them up to 800/1600/2000 and they run flawless with temps never exceeding 65C under full load.

Both cards in SLI and it rocks the pants off the Unigine DX11 benchmark. Final Fantasy XIV, Mafia 2, Asassins Creed, Star Wars TFU2, and other software @ 1920x1080 w/AF16x and AA8x runs flawless. Even using a single card ran the games fine.

Both cards fit in my MSI P67A-G45 motherboard without blocking the SATA ports. This card is the smallest GTX460 out there!!! The MSI motherboard I mentioned is 1 inch smaller than the standard ATX size also.

Cons: Temps:
The only con is the temps without using a fan profile from MSI Afterburner or similar program.

As for the fan problems I am reading about, don't push your fan to 100% and watch for wires that are hanging around your computer case. I haven't had any problems but if the fan blades are as weak as I am reading, I would say just tuck the wires away in your case and make sure nothing can obstruct the fan blades path.

Other Thoughts: Card idles @ 35C-40C. I don't like that. Under full load it hits 70C. I don't like that either. Although other forums says this is normal and is no big deal, I prefer my card to idle < 35C and under full load < 65C. I'm an electrical engineer and understand that those temps are below the rated temps for the card but I would like my cards to last a long time. After modifying my fan profile in MSI Afterburner, the card idles @ 30C +/-3C and stays around 55C +/-5C while gaming at 1920x1080 with max settings on all my games.

My profile is as follows
55% Fan Speed @ 35C
65% Fan Speed @ 55C
75% Fan Speed @ 65C

No need for 100% fan speed to keep cool like other cards!!!

2 GTX 460's in SLI does not perform well on Starcraft 2 atm. The game runs perfect without SLI but it is annoying that I have to disable SLI everytime I play this game. Nvidia and/or Blizzard, please resolve this issue.


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Display Name: Soun M.

Date Joined: 02/16/11

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