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So I have been trying to decide on motherboards... The Maximus IV Extreme or the P8P67 Deluxe... the only thing holding me off the Maximus is the fact that it doesn't have any PCI slots and only 1 x1 PCIe slot... so my question is how important is it to have a PCI slot these days? Also, my video card will be the ASUS GTX 570 DirectCU II which is a triple slot cooler... I plan on putting it in the 2nd PCIe x16 slot if I get the Maximus IV Extreme... will it run in full x16? and by doing that I leave the x1 open and if my reading is correct I can use a x1,x4,x8, or x16 in the first PCIe slot.. and then the x4 on the bottom... does anyone see any reason why I would have issues with this PCIe configuration in the future?
post #2 of 10
It has to be in the first slot no matter what I believe. I tried to put a card in the middle slot of my 780i motherboard and it said, please move to the number 1 slot unless running in SLI.



But yeah, PCI is virtually useless. Even most sound cards are now pci-e, which will work in any PCI-E slot, x1, x4, x8, x16, x32 lol, you get my point.
post #3 of 10
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D: eh... well if it goes into slot 1 then that covers my x1 slot leaving me with 2 x16 slots and the x4.. any reason that wouldn't be acceptable for future add ins?
post #4 of 10
If you don't have a PCI card you want to use now, you don't need any PCI slots.

I'm not certain how the Maximus IV Extreme PCI-E config works, but you should beable to download the manual for ASUS and take a look at what combinations are possible.
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post #5 of 10
It depends on the motherboard, as I run mine in the second slot.

As for PCI, I plan to use it to expand on my HDD ports, but even its still capped at 1.5Gbp/s
    
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That should be plenty for future growth
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post #7 of 10
Newer devices are all going to use PCIe. If you don't currently have any PCI devices, you should not worry about PCI slots. PCI is more for legacy compatibility.
post #8 of 10
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Well I have no PCI devices... so I suppose no need for PCI... I will have to take a look at the M4E manual
post #9 of 10
Maximus IV Extreme=4 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (single @x16, dual @x8, triple @x8, x16, x16 )

P8P67 Deluxe=First PCIe slot is single x16, and dual@x8.
    
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post #10 of 10
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Yes I understand that. However, I don't really plan on going SLI so that wasn't really the concern. Mostly I was worried that I would get this kick butt board and then if sometime in the future I were to find some add on card or perhaps an audio recording card or something of the like that would require a PCI, I would be SOL. Just wanted to see how relevant PCI still was and if a board completely lacking would be an issue in the future... (: Basically, if I am going to spend the money on a new build I want to make certain that every aspect of it is worth the sum I am going to put into it... blargy (:
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