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Not sure if I understand this right. Going to get a P35 DQ6 or P35 DS3P motherboard:

http://www.gigabyte-usa.com/Products...ame=GA-P35-DQ6

There are two PCi-e lanes for GPU's, yet one's at x4. Not trying to SLi... just wondering what the difference is running a GPU in both slots?

Why's one x4? Why aren't they both x16 or does that not exist on anything outside of Server Motherboards?
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According to newegg and Gigabyte it has two x16 lanes, but this is a crossfire board so you won't be able to run SLI.
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TY but again... as I stated in the original post... I don't want to SLi or Cross-Fire or anything of the sort.

I just need two GPUs.
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Audi:

Only sli boards are 16x + 16x. Crossfire works on 8x + 8x or 8x + 4x. 16x is really a gimmick anyway since no device really uses 16x.

About multiple gpu's. Your primary will always be in the first slot. You may use multiple gpus (one in each slot) and not configure them in sli or crossfire, simply to run multiple monitors.

The x38 coming out will support full 16x + 16x if its a must have. Good luck.
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Thanks, Tr8r.

That's what I'm trying to do exactly. So it should be good for my setup. HOrraaay.
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