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post #1 of 9
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Hello fellas,

I've got a little newbie question about the M4E I ordered..

I'm going to stick 2 gtx 570's in it, and I wondered if it is possible to use slot 1 and 4 (see pic below), instead of slot 1 and 3 so it will cool better.


I've read alot of different things about the lanes "distribution" of the motherboard, one says only 1, 3 and 5 can run at full speed (x16).
so 1 and 5 would be possible, IF it wasn't for my network @ home thats all wireless, so in the last slot (the x4 one) I have to stick a wireless card.

I actually always wondered why people put 2 double slot VGA cards in slot 1 and 3 and not in the other slots, whats the advantage? I'd say its dramatically for its cooling when you put two cards tight together. Is it actually possible to use any other slots?

I know this question sounds kinda newbie-like, but hopefully some of you can help me with your knowledge
post #2 of 9
So the manual says 1,3,5 are x16,4 is x8, 6 is x4 and 2 is x1.

It also says that when using just two cards, you have to use 1 and 3.
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Originally Posted by joemaniaci View Post
So the manual says 1,3,5 are x16,4 is x8, 6 is x4 and 2 is x1.

It also says that when using just two cards, you have to use 1 and 3.
I've just read the manual and it says:

In CrossFireXâ„¢ or SLIâ„¢ mode, use the PCIE_X16/8_1 and PCIEX8_3
slots for PCI Express x16 graphics cards to get better performance.

and

Slot No. Slot Description
1 PCIe 2.0 x16_1 slot
2 PCIe 2.0 x1_2 slot
3 PCIe 2.0 x16_2 slot
4 PCIe 2.0 x8_3 slot
5 PCIe 2.0 x16_4 slot
6 PCIe 2.0 x4_1 slot

and

Single VGA Dual VGA Triple VGA
PCIE_X16/8_1 x16 (Native) x8 (Native) x8 (Native)
PCIE_X16_2 — — x16 (via NF200)
PCIE_X8_3 — x8 (Native) —
PCIE_X16_4 — — x16 (via NF200)
(little unreadable)

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so if I put 2 vid cards in it it goes to x8 mode for both of em (in slot 1 and 3), and it also says slot 4 is always x8, so whats the difference between using slot 1, 3 and 1,4?
post #4 of 9
Not sure. I just know that usually, if you try putting a second video card in a slot that the manufacturer doesn't want you to use, you get an error message telling you to put it in the slot that they want you to, leaving no choice but to use the slots they want you to.
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May I ask where you bought that mobo. I can't seem to find it anywhere.
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Curious Do this Maximus VI Extreme working on SLI (two video Cards) and Physx?, is it only SLI and Tri-SLI no Physx? Because I have GTX-470 and GTX 260 for Physx on my 780i SLI so will this work? anyone know about this? SLI and Physx?
post #7 of 9
the maximus 4 i think use x8 x8 when doing sli and tri sli it will switch to x8 x16 x16, just cause it has a nf200 it doesnt give u more physical lanes all the nf200 does is act as a switch.
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post #8 of 9
Rep +1 to OP, this is the exact question I was googling for days to try and see answered, since I'm after this same MoBo. I'll share what I've been able to find:

Check here: http://www.techreaction.net/2011/01/...-the-titans/3/

This is the closest I've been able to come to an answer. It shows the results of using the Maximus IV with the SLI'd 570's in slots 1 and 3 as well as slots 1 and 4.

From the screens, the 3dMark score with the recommended 1 + 3 SLI setup is 162523.

Using them in the 1 + 4 like both you and I want to do to improve airflow, they get a 3dMark score of 161276.

I think we will benefit from great airflow and cooling WAY more than ~1000 Marks or so in a benchmark programme. I'm willing to bet that would likely only translate to very slight (<3%) better framerates and performance during actual use in-game, given the way 3dMark scores seem to relate to real-world applications in the vast majority of GPU or game reviews.

Hope that helps.
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you are actually much better off running those cards at 8x each.
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