Originally Posted by Mega Man
yes you can but you will suffer a small performance hit.
assuming you put it in the second x16 slot and not a x8/x4
it is not large. but it does not matter if the card is close to the heat sinks.
to my understanding stat drivers are for raid only ? and to be installed at windows install
Once again you have wrong understanding of things.
Sata Drivers are for third party SATA driver CHIP or Controllers. Marvell is one.
After Windows Installation, Windows will only detect your drives as NATIVE SATA controlled drives.
Not that windows won't run your drives properly, but for your controllers to properly work with Operating System.
And I have to admit, No performance gains after installing the Marvell SATA Drivers. But like everything else on your motherboard, AUDIO, CHIPSET, GRAPHICS. You do install their drivers even if Windows already detects them and working properly right?
As for the Graphics card installed on the 2nd PCIe X16 port, No problem at all. No performance hit as well. The only issue with that is, During Start-up, Bios will check on the installed Components hooked to the motherboard. And by Default will send the signal to the first port first. No feedback, send it to the 2nd X16 Port. No feedback, Send it to the 3rd port. And so on. Part of the system check mechanism of the motherboard. That's the reason why if you have no Graphics card installed, it'll take a while before the motherboard gives out successive beeps notifying the absence of a graphics card. The more ports present, the longer it takes to check. But don't worry all the checking is done at speeds you won't even notice if you have your card installed on the 2nd slot than the 1st slot.
By the way, after checking which port has a device connected with, all the signals will automatically be routed, adjusted to whatever speeds, and everything will be all right.
In a Crossfire or SLI set-up, you can even browse in the bios where you are given an option which card will initialise first.
On the heat side, Video cards are already hot. So is the NB that's close to the 1st slot. Connect them close to each other and heat build up will be quicker for both of them. And You don't want a hot system right?Edited by mus1mus - 10/1/13 at 8:33pm