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X-Fi Forte to Sound Blaster Z

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Is the upgrade worth it? Also my mobo has a fan that blocks longer cards on the top most pci-e x1 slot

http://cdn4.wccftech.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/ASUS-Z87-Sabertooth.jpg

The Sound Blaster Z looks shorter than my X-Fi Forte. Will it fit there? I'm guessing no.

My video card cooler ain't the best so I feel like moving the sound card further away, where should i put it?
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I'm not too much of an audio guy, so I can't tell you about the differences between the X-Fi Forte and the SBz. That said, I'm quite happy with my SB Zx - works great with my headphones and no driver related issues to speak of. thumb.gif

Regarding the PCIe slot, I've got a Sabertooth Z77 which is a very similar to the layout of your board. If you have the Assist fans installed, it'll block anything in the top PCIe 1x slot that's long enough to extend over the fan. Moving it to the lowest PCIe 1x slot will work OK (assuming you don't have more than 1 GPU). Otherwise, the bottom PCIe 16x size slot will work too - that's where I have mine installed since I'm running SLI.
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Good idea, that last slot is black though, is it run off some other bus or something? Will that lower the performance?
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Originally Posted by d0nch1ch1o View Post

Good idea, that last slot is black though, is it run off some other bus or something? Will that lower the performance?

The bottom PCIe x16 size slot is actually PCIe 2.0 and runs off the Z87 chipset. There's a good chance it's setup the same as on the Z77 - the physical size of the slot is x16, but it will only do 1x or 4x depending on how the BIOS is set. That said, putting a sound card in that slot will have no impact on performance whatsoever. The Top and Middle PCIe x16 slots are PCIe 3.0 (and run off the integrated PCIe lanes on the CPU) and should be used for GPUs only. The reason for this is that putting anything in the middle PCIe x16 slot will knock down the top PCIe x16 slot to just x8...although, in real life this generally isn't an issue for most GPUs these days, but it's something to keep in mind. smile.gif
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