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Sound card in PCI-E x16 slot?

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I have this motherboard
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8P67M_PRO/

(P8P67-M PRO)

and I have a GTX 580 in the first slot and that blocks the PCIe x1 slot. Left open are the second x16 slot and third x16 slot.

My question is, would a PCIe soundcard work in the second/third x16 slot? (I would try it but I have not bought a soundcard)

If not, would placing the GTX 580 in the second slot (freeing the pcie x1 slot) make it run in x8?
post #2 of 11
Just put the soundcard on the x16 slot. No problem will arise.
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Yes. PCIe is backward, forward, upward, and downward compatible.
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Thanks! Another question. My sound is hooked up from my GTX 580 (mini HDMI) to my ASUS monitor through an HDMI cable and then a 3.5mm is connected from my monitor to a pair of AV40s. Would I need to plug the AV40s directly to the sound card or the current setup is fine?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Hiep;15218942 
Thanks! Another question. My sound is hooked up from my GTX 580 (mini HDMI) to my ASUS monitor through an HDMI cable and then a 3.5mm is connected from my monitor to a pair of AV40s. Would I need to plug the AV40s directly to the sound card or the current setup is fine?

You'll need to disable Nvidia HD audio, and plug the 3.5mm from the AV40s to your sound card.
 
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post #6 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blindrage606;15218971 
You'll need to disable Nvidia HD audio, and plug the 3.5mm from the AV40s to your sound card.

Agreed. Always go with the most direct route possible with audio.
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post #7 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Blindrage606;15218971 
You'll need to disable Nvidia HD audio, and plug the 3.5mm from the AV40s to your sound card.

Would a sound card such as a Xonar DX sound better than the nvidia HD audio? And would SPDIF cables be better than 3.5mms or does it not matter?
post #8 of 11
I'm pretty sure all digital connectors like SPDIF sound the same on pretty much everything. After that it depends what your using to decode the digital signal to analog, which is what sound cards are for mainly.
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post #9 of 11
I was wondering about this exact same thing, glad i searched & found it here as always. Thanks
 
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post #10 of 11
I feel so dumb right now, lol. Got the exact same board and problem and I already thought of selling my Xonar DX... thanks.
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