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So I took the risk on buying a faulty ATI 5970 on eBay.

The seller said that he bought it as a job lot from a customers return and was unable to test the item to diagnose the fault.

So hopfully it doesn't have a fault, if so, I might give it the Ovenbake trick. Got it for £41 so if it lives..... what a bargain huh?!?! lol

Anyways, my main question is that, I had to buy a PCI-E X16 extension cord because my case won't even accomodate a ATI 5970, barely a 5870 with a bit of force....

On the description it says that the cord is PCI Express Specification Version 1.0 Compliant, so does it mean that if it works, my 5970 will run in 1.0 mode, instead of 2.1 that my motherboard is capable of?

eBay link to the cord I bought
Edited by Atomfix - 12/18/12 at 8:44am
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They never really changed the pinouts between PCIe versions, the version used is up to the discretion of the controller installed on the board... Considering the wires just transfer the power and data to and from the card it should run at 2.1
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They never really changed the pinouts between PCIe versions, the version used is up to the discretion of the controller installed on the board... Considering the wires just transfer the power and data to and from the card it should run at 2.1

Ok, so if I install my 5970 to this extension cord, I should get the everyday performance just as if it was directly plugged onto the motherboard?
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Ok, so if I install my 5970 to this extension cord, I should get the everyday performance just as if it was directly plugged onto the motherboard?
In theory, yes.
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In theory, yes.

Great!

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If you are speaking about one of these:
A passive PCIe pass thru [sic], then yes it works. I used it a couple years ago to go quad CF on a ASUS CrosshairIV Formula.
The pins are the same as he said, but there is by nature some additional latency. It does not seen to be much of a factor, or mess with the load balancing though.
word of advice, ***do not get one of the $8.00 ones...they don't work. a good one is around $50.

**(* I bought two of the very ones you linked to and niether would detect the GPU at the other end of it.************



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If you are speaking about one of these:
A passive PCIe pass thru [sic], then yes it works. I used it a couple years ago to go quad CF on a ASUS CrosshairIV Formula.
The pins are the same as he said, but there is by nature some additional latency. It does not seen to be much of a factor, or mess with the load balancing though.
word of advice, ***do not get one of the $8.00 ones...they don't work. a good one is around $50.
**(* I bought two of the very ones you linked to and niether would detect the GPU at the other end of it.************

Fair dues!

I don't think I'm going to notice a lot of difference with latency on a 5970 though, And yes, I've got one of those cheapy ones as you can see in the link "First post"

It says it's 15cm long, so I hope! that it's long enough for me to hook up the 5970 otherwise I'm at a loss..... this CM Storm Scout just isn't cutting it anymore for the beastly GPU cards
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If you are speaking about one of these:
A passive PCIe pass thru [sic], then yes it works. I used it a couple years ago to go quad CF on a ASUS CrosshairIV Formula.
The pins are the same as he said, but there is by nature some additional latency. It does not seen to be much of a factor, or mess with the load balancing though.
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**(* I bought two of the very ones you linked to and niether would detect the GPU at the other end of it.************

Fair dues!

I don't think I'm going to notice a lot of difference with latency on a 5970 though, And yes, I've got one of those cheapy ones as you can see in the link "First post"

It says it's 15cm long, so I hope! that it's long enough for me to hook up the 5970 otherwise I'm at a loss..... this CM Storm Scout just isn't cutting it anymore for the beastly GPU cards

Is the cheapy one recognizing the 5970 for you?...I hope you have better luck with them than I did smile.gif
I had a heavily OC'd 6970 in quadfire with the passthru and if it does not screw with quad fire, you should have no problems if your pass thru works.
Let me know how it works out for you would you?
you are the only other person to do this that I know of thumb.gif

The bottom card is using the PCIe pass-thru (was longer ago than I thought redface.gif


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Is the cheapy one recognizing the 5970 for you?...I hope you have better luck with them than I did smile.gif
I had a heavily OC'd 6970 in quadfire with the passthru and if it does not screw with quad fire, you should have no problems if your pass thru works.
Let me know how it works out for you would you?
you are the only other person to do this that I know of thumb.gif

Haven't received my 5970, I'm expecting it the next day though, and as I did say, I bought it as faulty, but it may not be faulty due to the seller saying he bought it as a job lot and he was unable to test it to diagnose the card.

If it doesn't work when I recieve it, then it's going straight in the oven "Fingers Crossed"
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