Originally Posted by allikat;14472225
Very little difference from a practical viewpoint. Unless of course you're running an SLi rig on a chipset with very limited PCI-e lanes. If this is the case, then you're probably better off with PCI, to keep as many lanes as possible free for the SLI/Xfire.
Other than that case, you will see no practical difference between the two. Pick whichever you want.
It can make a difference. PCI is a shared bus while PCIe is a dedicated point-to-point interconnect. Since PCIe lanes are dedicated and x1 lanes are rarely (if ever) linked to the x8/x16 lanes, SLI/XFire should not be impacted... other than physical locations.
If there is other traffic on the PCI bus, the sound card requests which requires real-time priority can get delayed. This would cause crackling or other audio artifacts.
Originally Posted by emeraldage;14473346
Motherboard has dedicated x1 slots... GPUs don't go there... Lol. So in the actual sound quality even if you have it at max processor for the sound card it won't make a difference? Just basically where you want to put it?
Bandwidth doesn't matter... but I would go for PCIe since PCI is dying.