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Hey guys, a few final questions:

I got my ZX today smile.gif Here are the installation pics, but I'm not sure about the PCI-E slot I installed it in:




1.) I would of installed it into the gray slot, but as you can see it would of blocked my GPU's fan. So I installed it on my bottom PCI-E slot. It runs max at x4. Would that make a difference than the gray one that runs at x8?

2.) Is it normal that the card is wobbly in the PCI-E slot, even screwed down? I know it doesn't take up the whole length of the slot, but man does this thing feel unsecure.

3.) In the second image you can see I have some wires touching the card. You can't see it, but it's right up against a connecter that looks like the blue one you see to the right of the card. It's also super close to the PSU. Will these wires touching my sound card or the PSU being so close create interference (static noise)? I wouldn't think so but I just want to make sure.

So basically I am just wondering if it's fine where it is, or if I should move it to the gray slot. Thanks!
Edited by apav - 2/5/13 at 11:32am
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Any PCI-E is fine. This card uses 1x.

 
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Any PCI-E is fine. This card uses 1x.

Thanks, +rep to you smile.gif The wires touching it are okay too and the wobbliness is normal as well I'm guessing?
post #115 of 5498
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Thanks, +rep to you smile.gif The wires touching it are okay too and the wobbliness is normal as well I'm guessing?

Those wires look like front panel sound? If they are they should be plugged into the end of your sound card. Should be alright anyways.
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Hey guys, a few final questions:

I got my ZX today smile.gif Here are the installation pics, but I'm not sure about the PCI-E slot I installed it in:




1.) I would of installed it into the gray slot, but as you can see it would of blocked my GPU's fan. So I installed it on my bottom PCI-E slot. It runs max at x4. Would that make a difference than the gray one that runs at x8?

2.) Is it normal that the card is wobbly in the PCI-E slot, even screwed down? I know it doesn't take up the whole length of the slot, but man does this thing feel unsecure.

3.) In the second image you can see I have some wires touching the card. You can't see it, but it's right up against a connecter that looks like the blue one you see to the right of the card. It's also super close to the PSU. Will these wires touching my sound card or the PSU being so close create interference (static noise)? I wouldn't think so but I just want to make sure.

So basically I am just wondering if it's fine where it is, or if I should move it to the gray slot. Thanks!

Hey,

Now im not 100% sure but check your gfx card is still running with x16 lanes after you installed the ZX in that bottom slot. The reason i say that is because I believe that x4 slot you put it in is not like the x1 slots. The x1 slots are run off of the Z68 chipset and dont take bandwidth from the x16/x8/x4 slots(which are run from your cpu directly i believe).

Anyway im not certain this is the case however it was explained to me this way and the intel z68 spec sheet kinda explains this. Just check GPUz and see what it says for PCIe lane speed when it is in load.

In my p68 motherboard i just put it into a x1 slot.

Anyway doesnt hurt to check right?
    
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Hey,

Now im not 100% sure but check your gfx card is still running with x16 lanes after you installed the ZX in that bottom slot. The reason i say that is because I believe that x4 slot you put it in is not like the x1 slots. The x1 slots are run off of the Z68 chipset and dont take bandwidth from the x16/x8/x4 slots(which are run from your cpu directly i believe).

Anyway im not certain this is the case however it was explained to me this way and the intel z68 spec sheet kinda explains this. Just check GPUz and see what it says for PCIe lane speed when it is in load.

In my p68 motherboard i just put it into a x1 slot.

Anyway doesnt hurt to check right?



Says it's x16. But wait.. it says it's PCI-E 3.0. My motherboard is the original P8Z68-V and not the PCI-E 3.0 board. So is that showing what my gpu is capable of, or what it is actually running at? If it's just showing what I'm capable of, then it might not be running at x16. If it is running at only x8, and my gpu is getting less bandwidth, does that mean I'm going to have worse framerates than usual? Just played a quick game of BF3 and everything seemed normal performance wise.

So far I'm loving it. Definitely a heightened sense of clarity. So if I keep the ACM plugged in all the time that means that the mic always on. I wish they had a switch to mute it. So is the ACM supposed to be plugged in all the time? I never left my headset plugged in 24/7, so I don't know if that would wear the mic out or something.

Sorry for the noobish questions, completely new to this audio stuff tongue.gif
Edited by apav - 2/5/13 at 2:24pm
post #118 of 5498
No it seems that you are fine. It shows you are running at x16. I wasnt trying to scare or worry you its just something I read.

I dont think the beamforming mic is always on unless you have it like that in the creative panel. Like most mics they only work when you activate them in an application im assuming.
    
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Just installed my ZX. I also noticed it is a bit wobbly when I installed it into the PCI-E slot but all is well. All I have to say is WOW it is a lot nicer then the on board audio I had from my MSI Z68 MB.

I use these V Moda headphones. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003BYRGLI/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i00
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No it seems that you are fine. It shows you are running at x16. I wasnt trying to scare or worry you its just something I read.

I dont think the beamforming mic is always on unless you have it like that in the creative panel. Like most mics they only work when you activate them in an application im assuming.

No I understand it is a cause for concern. I know that it shows that, but it also shows that I'm running PCI-E 3.0, which isn't true. My gpu is 3.0 capable, so I didn't know if it was showing what it's capable of or what it's really running at on my system.
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