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Would putting a pcie x1 sound card and/or network card into a pcie16 slot, would that mess up the sli between two gtx 580's? Not sure if all the lanes are used if something was also occupying my board only pcie x1 slot (which I didn't think would be an issue when I got it)
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Would putting a pcie x1 sound card and/or network card into a pcie16 slot, would that mess up the sli between two gtx 580's? Not sure if all the lanes are used if something was also occupying my board only pcie x1 slot (which I didn't think would be an issue when I got it)
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Mess up? Naw.

You should check the lane layout and make sure though that using the 1x slot doesn't do something funky like drop one of your 16x-sized slots down to 4x lanes or something. That could maybe cost you some frames I'd imagine.

Not saying that's common, but some boards do alter their lane configs when more PCI-Ex slots are used, so you'll want to pay attention to what happens with that when you plug the sound card in (or find out from others w/the same board if they have any experience with the matter).

I know the SB boards don't exactly have a plethora of PCI-Ex lanes available, and if you use things like SATA III/USB 3.0, that can suck up some of your lanes as well.

Does that board you got have any NF200's on it?
    
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