Making the change/upgrade from mini-ITX to ATX. Already transferred everything into an S340 case and I'm now looking for a new motherboard, but I'm having a hard time deciding on which one to go with.
The one must-have feature I want is SLI support. I'm running a single R9 290 right now, but I want that option for potential future upgrade purposes. Another feature I'd like is the ability to control all fans from the board by either PWM or voltage and have them adjust according to GPU temps, not CPU or VRM temps. I know the Asus boards have really good fan control capabilities, but I've yet to see any board with the ability to setup fan curves based on GPU temps alone. I don't understand why this hasn't been done yet (or has it?) because the GPU is the one component in any serious gaming system that kicks off the most heat inside your case.
I'm not doing any overclocking as I'm sticking with the i5-4570, so the VRM design is not an important factor.
Budget is preferred less than $160 CANADIAN (please don't link to US retailers, especially Amazon, they don't ship PC parts to Canada. Thank you.)
Here are a few of the boards I've been looking at and comparing:
MSI Z97S-SLI Plus / Krait Edition Asus Z97-E Gigabyte Z97X-SLI Gigabyte Z97X Gaming 3
I have nothing against ASRock, they just don't seem to have anything with SLI support in this price range.
So which of those would you recommend/suggest? Which should I stay away from and why?
single 290 - dual cards is Crossfire not SLI (that nvidia)
SLI requirement is at least two 8x pcie lanes, crossfire doesnt.
you have a non-oc cpu so you wont need z97 board. Just look for one that has crossfire support. Out of that list I'd probably go with the purely for looks and that it has nice spacing between the pcie x16 lanes.
Yes, I'm aware of all that. Perhaps you didn't read carefully. From my OP:
I never said I wanted SLI support for running two 290's, I know that's Crossfire. I want SLI support so I can run SLI (with two Nvidia GPUs) in the future if I so choose.
Also, yes I know I have a locked CPU, but again, in order to get SLI support, I have to go Z97. There's nothing wrong with buying a motherboard because you want specific features. There are a lot of people out there with K CPUs and Z series boards who don't even OC and will only ever run 1 GPU.
And you didn't actually say the board you'd choose out of the list? ;)