October 21st, 2010, 04:22 AM
For what reason do I need the PCI-E(x4) slot?
I bought a motherboard originally to try CrossFireX on it. However it seems that the motherboard, although supporting HybridCrossFireX on both the PCI-Ex16 and the PCI-Ex4 slots, it does not allow CrossFireX configuration between two cards. The motherboard in question is the GA-MA785GT-UD3H just in case you think of buying it for the same reasons as mine.
Anyways, I have a good setup so I have no reason to panic. However this episode made me wonder; for what else would I need to additional PCI-Ex4 slot? This for me does not make sense either in a HybridCrossFireX configuration since HybridCrossFireX only works between the the IGP and one GPU or else the IGP and two GPUs as long as the second PCI-E slot is x8 (from wikipedia).
For me it feels that the second PCI-Ex4 slot on this motherboard is useless. Even more useless to have this slot support HybridCrossFireX. However I am no hardware expert and would like to know what else I can put in this slot just out of curiosity.
The motherboard has on-board sound card so I wouldn't need that either, neither a network card (also on-board). I have several USB slots as well so no reason for that either.
Last edited by sim085; October 21st, 2010 at 04:25 AM.
October 21st, 2010, 06:53 AM
You could place a eSata card in it.
I know there are x1 port, but depending at the size of the graphic card, this will give some air space between the the two cards.
October 25th, 2010, 10:26 PM
You could use the x4 for some SSD action and put Windows on the SSD to improve performance...
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