1. Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

how many PCI lanes does Maximus 3 Extreme support?

Discussion in 'Motherboards & Memory' started by roadwarrior7, May 20, 2010.

  1. roadwarrior7 New Member

    Joined:
    May 20, 2010
    Messages:
    3 (0.00/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1
    I own a Maximus 3 Extreme motherboard, and was going to quad crossfire it...
    Then most of ppl said it would result a performance drop since Maximus 3 Extreme only supports
    20lanes of PCIE due to LGA1156 socket CPUs.

    I thought NF200 chipset solved the problem... and thats why i bought this board.
    Can anyone varify this? Would quadcrossfire work fine on my board?
     
  2. 95Viper

    95Viper

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2008
    Messages:
    4,450 (1.97/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,627
    Location:
    στο άλφα έως ωμέγα
    I don't own the board, but hope this helps answer your question.

    Quote from Bit Tech Review:

    "Asus increases the limited PCI-Express lanes available by dropping in an NF200 chip between CPU and five PCI-E x16 slots. These can be set to 2 x 16, 2 x 16 +1 x 8, 4 x 8 or even 5 x 8! Not only that, but it also includes the same PLX chip that we've seen previously on other P55/H57 products. This converts the P55 PCI-E v1.1 lanes at 250MB/s into v2.0 500MB/s, providing more bandwidth for the increased demands of SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0."

    Edit: I belive this is the answer to that question.

    HardwareCanucks quote:

    "Adding to the MIIIE's allure is the presence of an NVIDIA NF200 chip, which allows this particular motherboard to have 40 PCI-E lanes for graphics use. This is 24 lanes more than a traditional P55 motherboard, which is limited to dual graphics card PCI-E x8/x8 setups. What this means, is that the MIIIE supports not only two cards @ x16/x16, three cards @ x8/x16/x16, four cards @ x8/x8/x8/x8, but five cards at PCI-E x8 each. While latter configuration only works with single-slot cards though, this motherboard can handle up to four dual-slot cards. Obviously, having five cards is useless for gaming purposes, but it it is very attractive for Folders."
    :)
     
    Last edited: May 20, 2010
    roadwarrior7 says thanks.
  3. HammerON

    HammerON The Watchful Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2009
    Messages:
    6,566 (3.10/day)
    Thanks Received:
    3,677
    [​IMG]

    Here ya go
     
    roadwarrior7 says thanks.
    Crunching for Team TPU
  4. roadwarrior7 New Member

    Joined:
    May 20, 2010
    Messages:
    3 (0.00/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1
    Thanx alot 95 Viper and HammerON!!
    =]
     
  5. 95Viper

    95Viper

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2008
    Messages:
    4,450 (1.97/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,627
    Location:
    στο άλφα έως ωμέγα
    You are welcome.

    Also, Welcome to TPU.
     
  6. roadwarrior7 New Member

    Joined:
    May 20, 2010
    Messages:
    3 (0.00/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1
    Thanx =] Just found out this place...haha
    I'm subscribed to TPU channel on Youtube, and im using GPUz but i haven't registerd to this place be4.haha Looks like a heaven to me >.<
     
    95Viper says thanks.
  7. SK-1

    SK-1

    Joined:
    May 15, 2005
    Messages:
    3,226 (0.92/day)
    Thanks Received:
    344
    Location:
    In a Galaxy Far Far...you know the rest.
    Welcome to TPU. You are now on a road to addiction, good addiction. I've got a NF200 chip and love it.
     

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guest)

Share This Page