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You mean like this. Been workin fine!
You're on X58, doesn't P67 have a bandwidth limitation?
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Not sure
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The specs are correct. In order to get 16x/16x you need to populate another pci lane. If you put the sound card in the first slot it will be 8x then GPU in second slot 16x and GPU in third slot 16x. If you dont have a 3rd PCI-e lane populated you will only get 8x/8x. The gigabyte UD7 board has 16x/16x without having to populate a 3rd PCI-e lane. Although it has been not been documented to increase performance in any measurable way,

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You're on X58, doesn't P67 have a bandwidth limitation?
The P67 chip is limited in the amount of PCI-e lanes in can handle. The boards that support 16x/16x have a NF200 chip to "add" additional lanes.
    
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The specs are correct. In order to get 16x/16x you need to populate another pci lane. If you put the sound card in the first slot it will be 8x then GPU in second slot 16x and GPU in third slot 16x. If you dont have a 3rd PCI-e lane populated you will only get 8x/8x. The gigabyte UD7 board has 16x/16x without having to populate a 3rd PCI-e lane. Although it has been not been documented to increase performance in any measurable way,

Hope that helps.




The P67 chip is limited in the amount of PCI-e lanes in can handle. The boards that support 16x/16x have a NF200 chip to "add" additional lanes.
So, if I want all 3 cards in there, I have to sandwich the GPUs and have the sound card at the top? :/

And if I position them as GPU-DAC-GPU, they all run at 8x or something?
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So, if I want all 3 cards in there, I have to sandwich the GPUs and have the sound card at the top? :/

And if I position them as GPU-DAC-GPU, they all run at 8x or something?
if you want full x16 on both cards yes you need dac gpu gpu

If you run it as gpu dac gpu, your first gpu will drop to x8 (keep in mind that all benchies show very little difference between x8 and x16)

On the up side, having your dac up top will reduce static (although like i said static isnt a huge deal if your card is shielded... im pretty sure yours is but if im wrong you can always make one)
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This board and 2 x 580's and a x-fi sound card in slot 1 and why to put sound card in slot 1
    
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