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OK, I have an Abit IP35 Pro. It has one (1) 1x PCI-e slot that i want to put my sound card in. It also has two (2) 16x PCI-e, one is 16x the other is 4x powered.

I have a Nvidia Quadro NVS 290 that i want to run off the slot that is powered by 4x, and run a 8x Sata controller card off the 16x. Can i do this. Normally i wold think no, but then i came across this thread.

http://www.overclock.net/overclock-n...1-folding.html

Ultimately this is going to be my home/work server. I'm trying to get a mother board with two 16x slots but if i can reduce my cost. : )
 
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i have never done this or looked into it, but from some basic knowledge on the PCI-E lanes, id swap the SATA controller card and the GPU over, have the GPU in the x16 slot, and the SATA controller in the x4 slot. unless your going to run 4 SSD's in Raid 0 i doubt the SATA controller card would need 16x bandwidth. PCI-E is fairly fast.
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i have never done this or looked into it, but from some basic knowledge on the PCI-E lanes, id swap the SATA controller card and the GPU over, have the GPU in the x16 slot, and the SATA controller in the x4 slot. unless your going to run 4 SSD's in Raid 0 i doubt the SATA controller card would need 16x bandwidth. PCI-E is fairly fast.
it would never saturate the 16x bandwidth as it's only an 8x card...

The controller is a Dell PERC 5i, and i'm going to be looking to run 4x 2TB hdds in either raid 5 or raid 10 for the storage volume. I will also be mirroring two 1TB hdds or i might just use my spare Crucial SSD when that comes back from being RMA'd for the OS. I haven't quite decided yet. The Video card will just be sitting there for 2d display, i will manage the server and file/share hosting. I will probably be purchasing CS5 and running it on this "Server" as well i'd like to see what a quadro can do compared to the 5870m in my laptop.

and down the road i do see getting more of these 2 TB Hdds and increasing to actually filling the 8 ports on the Sata Controller.

I just did some looking and it appears that a PCIe 4x slot has a bandwidth of 2,000MB/s. can someone confirm this. If so i should be able to put the Sata Controller in that slot with out any issue of a bottleneck.
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