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PCIEx1 Sound Card in PCIE2.0x16 slot?

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I am thinking of getting an i3-540 and Gigabyte H55M-UD2H, it appears as though it has 2 PCIE2.0x16 slots, however it has no PCIEx1 slots, which brings up an issue for my PCIEx1 Interface Creative X-Fi Xtreme Audio Sound Card... Does anyone know if it is possible to insert a PCIEx1 Interface Card in a PCIE2.0x16 slot? If so it would be PERFECTION!!!
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Yea it'll work.

I've got a PCI-Ex1 TV Tuner card in a PCI-Ex16 slot.
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yea it'll work.

I've got a pci-ex1 tv tuner card in a pci-ex16 slot.
sweet!!!
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Originally Posted by hyujmn View Post
Yea it'll work.

I've got a PCI-Ex1 TV Tuner card in a PCI-Ex16 slot.
correct!

i have a pci-e x1 sound card in a x16 slot.

no problem at all
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As hyujmn and whipple16 mentioned, yes it will work. PCIe x16 slots are physically compatible with x16/x8/x4/x1 cards. However, the reverse isn't true (you can't fit a x16 card in a x1 slot unless you cut the slot).
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Also 16x slots are physically different than 8x slots.
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btw the second slot on the H55 is only 4x PCI-E gen 1 but that should be plenty of bandwidth for a sound card
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As hyujmn and whipple16 mentioned, yes it will work. PCIe x16 slots are physically compatible with x16/x8/x4/x1 cards. However, the reverse isn't true (you can't fit a x16 card in a x1 slot unless you cut the slot).
Correct me if I'm wrong, but if you did cut the slot (which people do) a PCI-E x16 card will function normally in an x1 slot. It will be greatly reduced in bandwidth but no processing power will be lost or damage will be done to the card. This is useful in a situation where bandwidth is not too important. For example, rendering or other GPGPU computations (like Folding) only need to send the data to the card once and then it is stored in graphics memory until the task is completed. The initial transfer would be slower but once the data was transferred, the card would have no other slowdowns.
Edited by IEATFISH - 1/19/11 at 10:45pm
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^ Also done for folding.
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but if you did cut the slot (which people do) a PCI-E x16 card will function normally in an x1 slot. It will be greatly reduced in bandwidth but no processing power will be lost or damage will be done to the card. This is useful in a situation where bandwidth is not too important. For example, rendering or other GPGPU computations only need to send the data to the card once and it is store in graphics memory until the task is completed. The initial transfer would be slower but once the data was transferred, the card would have no other slowdowns.
You're absolutely right, done it myself for folding purposes.

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