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MSI P67A-G45 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned 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

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Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K
  • Owned 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.

Performance:
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

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Palit NE5X460SF1102 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Sonic 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • Owned 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.

Overclockability:
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.

SLI:
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.

Size:
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.

Fans:
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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