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of course, but keep in mind, depending on your board you could end up taking the lanes off your graphics card/s.

EDIT; looking at your board specs, the 1st 8-lane slot seems to be dedicated and you can use it, the 2nd one however seems to be shared with the 2nd 16 lane slot, and would split the lanes to 8 for your 2nd card and 8 for the SBZ. (it would only use the 1, leaving 7 unused).

I can only fit this card in the bottom PCI-E slot because my 290X's are watercooled. They take up all the room. My option would be a PCI-E riser right? I really don't wanna let go of this amazing sound card! Makes my gaming headset sound great for music!

Can anyone recommend some EQ settings for my CM Pulse R headset to further improve the music? I'm looking for a powerful kick whilst maintaining fullness and detail. (I am very close to having this now).

Cheers.
Edited by BradleyW - 3/15/14 at 6:30pm
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I can only fit this card in the bottom PCI-E slot because my 290X's are watercooled. They take up all the room. My option would be a PCI-E riser right? I really don't wanna let go of this amazing sound card! Makes my gaming headset sound great for music!

Can anyone recommend some EQ settings for my CM Pulse R headset to further improve the music? I'm looking for a powerful kick whilst maintaining fullness and detail. (I am very close to having this now).

Cheers.

I would think there would be enough room between the two cards, but being watercooled you must have a block or hoses sitting over, you cant fit the card under them?
   
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My X-Fi Fatal1ty Platinum is having microphone issues, but I really want to keep it due to the I/O hub, which apparently no card offers anymore.

I'm considering this 'z' card.

If only this Z card came in black (and without the LED's).

Can this card be used in a PCI-E 16x slot ?

I think I could get away with having the sound card above my second GPU due to my PCI-E 1x slot placements.

I heard very new drivers have solved most of the issues this card suffered from.

This may be a silly question, but you can have just normal stereo sound by disabling the 3D audio/surround sound features (gimmicks), correct ?
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My Xi-Fi Fatal1ty Platinum is having microphone issues, but I really want to keep it due to the I/O hub, which apparently no card offers anymore.

I'm considering this 'z' card.

If only this Z card came in black (and without the LED's).

Can this card be used in a PCI-E 16x slot ?

I think I could get away with having the sound card above my second GPU due to my PCI-E 1x slot placements.

I heard very new drivers have solved most of the issues this card suffered from.

This may be a silly question, but you can have just normal stereo sound by disabling the 3D audio/surround sound features (gimmicks), correct ?

 

You can custom paint it and use heatshrink over the LED block the lights.

 

I am using mine on my PCI-E 16x slot. If your BIOS has the option to switch it 1x mode on the specific PCI-E, do it.

 
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My Xi-Fi Fatal1ty Platinum is having microphone issues, but I really want to keep it due to the I/O hub, which apparently no card offers anymore.

I'm considering this 'z' card.

If only this Z card came in black (and without the LED's).

Can this card be used in a PCI-E 16x slot ?

I think I could get away with having the sound card above my second GPU due to my PCI-E 1x slot placements.

I heard very new drivers have solved most of the issues this card suffered from.

This may be a silly question, but you can have just normal stereo sound by disabling the 3D audio/surround sound features (gimmicks), correct ?

PCIe doesn't have a limit for how many lanes a card accepts compared to the lanes in the slot, if the card fits it should work, the only thing to watch for with your x16 slots is if said slot has shared lanes with another slot, you don't want to be splitting your lanes off your graphics cards unless you have to.

and you can just set the card to stereo speakers and/or headphones and have the SBX features disabled if you want, but the surround on these is quite nice regardless, a little more refined and very headphone-friendly compared to the X-Fis (I came from the auzentech Forte).
   
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I would think there would be enough room between the two cards, but being watercooled you must have a block or hoses sitting over, you cant fit the card under them?

Yes, the CFX/SLI water bridge is in the way. So I tried putting the card in a different way to get to those slots, but the MB HS is in the way too! Riser might be the only option to use this card, and restore x16 to my second GPU! smile.gif
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You can fit the card before putting your SLI/CFX card in, but again you won't able to remove it without pulling the cards out of the slots.

 
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You can fit the card before putting your SLI/CFX card in, but again you won't able to remove it without pulling the cards out of the slots.

Very true.
So I decided to fix the issue once and for all.
I looked at the problem and found that the I/O shield bracket was the widest part of the card. I took a hack saw and cut the I/O.
Yes, I could have just removed the I/O, but the card drooped onto the top of my second GPU!
Anyway, here is the evidence, and now it fits perfect.

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Does anyone have any good suggestions for EQ tweaks (For Gaming)? I am looking for a clear sound with a good kick for explosions.
Using CM Pulse R headset.
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I've been using the fatality settings just amped up the surround some.
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