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Hello all

I just got my Asus Xonar DX PCI express card and was very excited until I tried to hook it up. I have a EVGA 780i motherboard with 2 8800 GTS in SLI. I have the top and bottom PCI x 16 slots occupied. I thought you could put the Xonar into the middle PCI x 16?? The PCI x 1 slot is covered by one of the double wide 8800 GTS.

Can anyone help? How do I hook this up. Please don't tell me i have to get a new sound card or have to get rid of the SLI.

I even tried taking one of the 8800 GTS out for testing but realized that if you have just one card it has to be the one that covers the PCI x1 slot. Is this true. Any 780i owners out there. Please Help.

Rep+ for all that can help.
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You will need a single slot cooler or a new sound card.
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So now my next question is what non PCI express card is my best option. And, is it even worth it compared to the onboard sound?
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Ok, I'm a little confused. I have a pair of GTS and the X-FI in a middle slot without issue.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Robilar View Post
Ok, I'm a little confused. I have a pair of GTS and the X-FI in a middle slot without issue.
The Asus Xonar uses the PCI 1x slot.. In this case its blocked by one of his 8800's

1x is those really tiny pci slot

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132006
Edited by vuxdu - 6/10/08 at 12:27pm
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Here is a better pic with my old 780i board.

See where the sound card is?

Even with dual slot coolers, there is plenty of room
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Quote:
Originally Posted by vuxdu View Post
The Asus Xonar uses the PCI 1x slot.. In this case its blocked by one of his 8800's

1x is those really tiny pci slot
Ah right, misread it.


It won't fit in the top slot because of the NB?

Put it in above your top video card.
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post #9 of 13
Quote:
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Here is a better pic with my old 780i board.

See where the sound card is?

Even with dual slot coolers, there is plenty of room
Yes, but his PCI-E sound card apparently won't work in the PCI-E x16 slot (which should work just fine). Your sound card is a PCI card, not PCI-E.
 
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post #10 of 13
The Asus Xonar D2 or the Auzentech X-FI Prelude are both great PCI cards.

Sound quality wise, I think the prelude has more bass, while the Xonar focuses a bit more on mid-high range.
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