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post #1 of 14
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Hi everyone,

I think this is the right place to post this question, does anyone know whether a sound card can be installed in the top PCIe slot of the UD7? I'm worried because the stock NF200 waterblock appears to be in the way.



Today at work, I placed on order a X-Fi Forte 7.1 sound card which is PCIe thinking it would fit that top slot but I am not so sure now after getting home and seeing this potential problem.

Can anyone help me to confirm whether in fact the silly waterblock IS blocking the top slot?

Thanks alot guys.
    
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post #2 of 14
Depends on the length of the sound card, but looking at it I would bet a large sum of money that the block would indeed restrict a sound card.

ed: in any case you can stick the sound card in one of the full size PCIe slots if you want.
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post #3 of 14
Well, if it doesn't, you can install it in any of the other PCIe slot, even the 16x ones.

Either way, you'd be fine, unless you have three graphics cards.

EDIT: FFFFF. Beaten to the punch.
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post #4 of 14
That is the problem with the x1 slots on almost all Gigabyte boards. Luckily my Xonar DX fits onto the top x1 slot on my motherboard. I wish they would change the layout...
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this photo shows the height difference a little more:

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post #6 of 14
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Thanks boys, just found this thread here http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...m-pro-ud7.html which appears to confirm this issue.

The second problem now is the fact I have a trifire setup with my GPU's occupying both x16 lanes. If I install the sound card into the third x16 slot, my MB will configure the PCIe lanes as x16/x8/x8, whereas its currently x16/x16. I don't really want it to affect my graphics performance tho

What the heck are the white pci slots on this MB for?

    
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post #7 of 14
Wait, trifire but "both" x16 slots? trifire would mean there are no other slots... and the PCI slots are for TV tuners, other sound cards, and simply placeholding.
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post #8 of 14
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Trifire only cos its a 5970 and 5870, so I have a third PCIe slot available which will drop the lanes to x16/x8/x8 on this MB I believe. Hence the only option was to install the sound card in the x1 slot. Man Gigabyte failed on this big time.

Edit: This is the sound card BTW just out of interest.


Edit #2: Found this thread http://www.overclock.net/intel-mothe...card-will.html

Have I used all the PCIe lanes by having two GPU's running at x16/x16? I know I'm limited due to being on the p55 platform and limited number of PCIe lanes available, but will an x1 really have that much affect on performance?
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post #9 of 14
ah now i understand. I don't know what gigabyte's lane arrangement is on that board, but if it's only got 32 lanes available, then it must take lanes from the other slots.

But x8 really doesn't bottleneck anything, especially if the single GPU card is in that lane.
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post #10 of 14
Youll get 1-2 fps drop AT MOST.

Plug the sound card in a X16 slot
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