View Full Version : Mobo that actually supports USB 3.0 without cutting PCIe 16x...????

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March 2nd, 2010, 07:31 AM
Its been 6 years since I last built a computer for myself....put together a couple others, but there wasn't really any technology that I didn't grasp when I did the others.

Now I am look to have close to $1600 sunk into this thing when all is said and done....I am not looking to blow money on top of top of the line parts. But I am not going to shy away at an extra hundred on a mobo at this point if it does 100% what I want it to do.


I bought this Asus P7P55D-E (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131620) (not pro or anything) because it was on sale the other day for $30 less than the current $160. Figured it was a good deal and that is what I was eyeing anyways...dumb luck I thought.

I haven't bought my processor yet, but I have every intention of buying this one. Intel i7-860 2.8Ghz (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115214&cm_re=intel_860-_-19-115-214-_-Product).

The RAM is going to DDR3 1600.


The mobo shows up at my door today and I get some bad news while I am having my Christmas moment.

It appears this thing doesn't support PCIe 16x while having USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbs enabled. WTF! (this is the biggest thing IMO as I waited 6 months for this build because I wanted to future proof by comp. The rest of the post is basically me being kicked while I am down)

Then I keep reading and realize contrary to Neweggs "specs", this isn't doesn't support 1600mhz RAM unless its overclocked (which I haven't ever done. I have manual set the timing and speed but I had no intentions of overclocking). Maybe this is a small issue but its still BS.

Then there is the fact that is also only supports 2.6Ghz processors without being OC'd. WTF! I realize this is modest over clocking but still.

I just want a mobo that will handle USB 3.0 (and to a lesser extent SATA 6Gs) without losing my PCIe 16x, and will handle the 1600mhz RAM and i7 860 processor I want without needing to be over clocked.

So can someone point me to a mobo that fits the bill?

Thanks for reading.

March 2nd, 2010, 12:44 PM
Can't say if it has the same issues, but at least it's got all the features you listed:

The Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R (http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?ProductID=3305&ProductName=GA-X58A-UD3R)

March 2nd, 2010, 07:42 PM
Also reading reviews on Newegg for your board reveals that the Pro model of the same board doesn't have this problem. This is according to one reviewer. If you like the board otherwise, you might want to try that instead of a completely new board.