Gigabyte's Monstrous 6 TFlops Core i7 Prototype Motherboard Pictured

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Wow, what a misleading title. Core i7 is irrelevant to the "6 tflops" performance claim, nor is this mobo particularly an engineering marvel for allowing up to 6 PCI-e cards. Since standard 120v outlets would be hard pressed to reliably provide 1500 watts(before efficiency losses), it would be more than ridiculous to try to actually use 6 x 200+ watt high-end cards on top of other high-end components, without a special power supply that plugs in to a dryer outlet.
 

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Sound like a power hog, not really impressed by it. If they made the board in the 100-200 price range I'd be impressed, really impressed.

And the power outlets in my home provide 2000 W with ease.
 

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lol. sextuple hd4870 with atomic vapocoolers in tandem for 7.2 TFlops of performance? Me wants
 

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I fail to see how you can fit 6 graphics cards in 4 PCI-X slots.
The picture shows 4. The article says 4. Yet somehow magically 6 can fit.

Someone please explain this mind-boggling feat.
P.S. no way you're gonna fit 3 or 4 double cards either. So that won't get you 6.

That said, put 4 of Sapphire's 4850 1GB cards in there with whatever the best quad Nehalem from Intel and you'd have a bit more than 6 TFlops.
 

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the top two are also pci-e waffle

but no, it doesn't look like you can shove dual slotted cards in there, but maybe 2x 4870x2's would do? less power consumption than traditional CF right?
 

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Hey [nom]waffle911[/nom], I think the 6 comes from summing the two 1x PCIe ports. Are there video cards for those ports? I don't think so.
 

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Average U.S. household circuit is 15 amp. 120 volt x 15 amp = 1800w. There are usually more robust circuits in the kitchen and bathrooms since people need to use toasters and hair dryers, but a home office I would imagine won't have a 20amp circuit. Aside from all of that, I drool at the thought of 4 4850's in crossfire. If only there was a single slot 4870.
 

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A household 15A outlet can output a maximum 1800Watts RMS. 15A * 120V = 1800VA. This isn't going to work. The Face..good man. I just read that halfway through my rant, you get +1 for Ohm's Law. As you were saying 20A in the kitchens and bathrooms..impressive knowledge about the NEC natl electric code.
 

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edit. I meant Circuit and you can always try swapping out your stove and wiring up a 240V receptacle. Ohms law states Current x Voltage = Watts. Double voltage, then current is cut in half. With that being said 1800/240 = 7.5A instead of 15A. Technically it could be done, a PSU is usually more effecient at 240V vs 120V. With a basic 120V 15A circuit tryig to reach 6Tflops..I'm not sure if its very realistic.
 

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It clearly says

The prototype board on display was based on Intel%u2019s X58 chipset and supports up to six graphics cards, four PCIe Gen2 x16 slots and two wide-open Gen 2 x4 slots
The x4 slots are open ended so the cards can just hang out the back. Its only x4, but for some users that will be enough.

So 6 x 4850's(or any single slot card) like said or even 3 X2's if you are willing to cripple one with x4(that would hurt.)

Its nice to see more PCI-E slots on boards.

Also PCI-E(PCIe) is not PCI-X(this is a extremely common mistake), PCI-X is a older standard used on many server boards.
 

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I think if mobo makers want to put 6 PCIe slots for use with GPU cards it may be better to start out with an ultra-ATX form factor, and allow room for double-slot cards. Ultra-ATX cases have been available for a while now (Lian Li PC-80) but I've yet to see a mobo out there able to take advantage of 10 slots. Maybe a future Nehalem Skulltrail.
 

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I have been waiting for more PCI/PCIe x16/PCIe x4 on a motherboard.

I can't SLI and still have a TV Tunner and a Soundcard.
 

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Why is everyone saying you can't put in 4 dual slot cards. It called modification people. Just rip off the fans and put on water cooling blocks, then take a dremal to the back aluminum and you then have a single slot card. Alienware does it all the time as well as most computer modders.

And does anyone else think that gigabyte boards are really ugly? What's with the colours. Can't they take a design cue from Asus and make darker boards with better colours.
 
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