Quad GPU on the MSI Z87 XPower thanks to the PLX chip
Subject: Motherboards | August 13, 2013 - 11:17 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: msi, Z87 XPower, PEX 8747 PLX
MSI's Z87 XPower is a brilliant board to base a multi-GPU system on as it's 5 PCIe slots are capable of running two cards at 16x if you are not using the other three, for triple GPU you can manage 16x/8x/8x or even four slots at 8x if you go to the utter extreme thanks to the PEX 8747 PLX chip found on board. If you are only using one GPU you can choose the slot which avoids the PLX chip altogether to avoid the latency penalty it adds. A Killer NIC, MSI's Super RAID SSD caching, Multi-BIOS II, Debub LED, Go2BIOS, V-Check Points and Direct OC all add to the benefits you get from choosing this board. If the $440 price tag doesn't immediately scare you off check out the full review at [H]ard|OCP.
"Higher end products are niche items which don’t make a lot of sense for the vast majority of users. Even gamers and enthusiasts sometimes shy away from these products unless the feature set aligns with their needs, desires, and budgets. The feature-packed MSI Z87 XPower is a fine example of this high end motherboard category. "
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