January 13th, 2009, 07:30 PM
PCI Express x16 card x8 slot
I am a little green as far as hardware is concerned, so forgive me if my this seem a little dim.
I would like a second graphics card installed in my machine.
On my motherboard i have a PCI Express x16 slot and a PCI Express x8 slot, currently the x16 slot is taken up with a GeForce 8600GTS and ideally i would like a second.
Looking around on forums, some people are saying that a x16 card will fit in the x8 slot, which seems a little odd to me because the x8 slot is about half the size of the x16.
Another option i have been researching is using an extender/adapter which seems to convert x8 slots to x16 and seem fairly cheap. Using an extender like this, am i going to run into problems physically fitting the card into my case - surely the card will sit higher than it usually would and therefore not fit properly where the backing plates are?
If anyone knows the best way (if it's even possible) to get a second graphics card in my machine i would be eternally greatful!
Scott Perham, BSc (hons), CCNA, MCPD