Solved I can't find a x8 video card. Will a x16 fit mobo with 2x x8

January 16, 2012 at 07:58:23
Specs: Windows 7
Will a x16 video card fit into a mobo listing 2 x x8?

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#1
January 16, 2012 at 08:12:27
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There are no x8 cards. All PCI-e cards are x16, however, certain motherboards aren't able to run two x16 cards at the same time so they split the bandwidth into two slots. Read the board specs again, one of the slots should be capable of x16.

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#2
January 16, 2012 at 08:44:29
Oh great, that helps a lot. I was wondering why I couldn't find a listing for a x8......lol
Here is some of the listed specs for my Mobo:

EVGA P55 micro SLI 1156
model: 121-LF-E652-KR
CPU: Socket 1156 Support Intel Core i7/i5 Processor
Intel P55 Express chipset
SLI support
6 SATA II + 2 e-SATA ports
Supports 4 DIMM Dual Channel DDR3 memory up to 1600MHz , 16GB max support
13 USB ports with 6 onboard
8 channel HD audio
1000M network
Firewire IE1394 and 2 x 8 PCI Express

When I checked on the EVGA site, it stated there are 2 x8 ports, and I got a little concerned. I am glad the x16 card will physically fit.
I am considering the purchase and use of an OCZ RevoDrive bootable PCI-E SSD 180 GB to use in the other PCIe port. Can you tell me if this is a good choice/idea, and give any suggestions on a good solid and reliable video card for this Mobo?
Thanks


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#3
January 16, 2012 at 09:32:47
There are literally 100's of different graphics cards available & a huge price range. You're going to have to narrow it down a bit - how much are you willing to spend? What is the purpose of the upgrade (gaming, DVD/Blu-Ray, etc)? Do you have a power supply that's capable of handling the load of the graphics card?

"I am considering the purchase and use of an OCZ RevoDrive bootable PCI-E SSD 180 GB to use in the other PCIe port"

Those things are like $300. Up until the recent flooding disaster in Thailand, a standard 1TB HDD was only about $50. What are your plans for this system that warrant spending $300 on a "tiny" 180GB drive?


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#4
January 16, 2012 at 09:57:45
Thanks riider.
I am building another PC so I can do some gaming (if/when desired), Blue Ray and HD viewing as well as multi media downloads and photo/video work (recording, transferring, etc.) I already have purchased everything but the video card and power supply. (Mobo as listed and i7 CPU) For the Power supply, I am leaning toward a Corsair 850W. The reason for the SSD is, hopefully, better boot time and reliability housing my OS (Windows 7), using the 2TB HDD I have already purchased for storage as well as copying my work computer onto so I can do some work from home from time to time. (I have found a good deal on the SSD, as long as it will do well in the other PCIe slot) I am just trying to wrap up the loose ends and want a system as strong as I can make it, given the Mobo that I have, so almost anything I can think of doing will be satisfactorily supported. (I do know that I will not be involved in any high level or serious gaming, so to speak) Am I thinking in the right direction to assemble a good, strong, butt kicking system?

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#5
January 17, 2012 at 08:26:05
riider, you're wrong. there are 1x, 2x, 4x, 8x and 16x PCI-E cards. I have several 1x ethernet cards.


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#6
January 17, 2012 at 08:55:50
He was talking about graphics cards, and he is right.

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#7
January 20, 2012 at 07:48:55
Actually, he AND you are wrong.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...

Found that in about 10 seconds of Googling.


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#8
January 20, 2012 at 08:25:28
Yes, some cards are backwards compatible, but the architecture of the card is pci-e 16.

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#9
January 20, 2012 at 16:24:13
Thanks EmptyJay,
I had found this card, but wasn't positive if it was what I needed as it listed fitting all the configurations, but not actual performance,and did not mention Windws 7, which is my OS. I am sure 7 would back up to it, but can it offer the performance of the 2.0 and such? I didn't want to spend the money without finding out first.

Thanks!!!


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#10
January 20, 2012 at 16:25:36
Thanks Grasshopper!!

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