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    Default GA-MA78G-DS3H - secondary PCIE_16 for NON-video card?

    Can I use the secondary PCIE_16 for a NON-VIDEO card, for example soundcard? (Assume the other slots have been occupied).

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    Default Re: GA-MA78G-DS3H - secondary PCIE_16 for NON-video card?

    You should be able to, as that is the idea of PCI-e:-
    PCI Express - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The only thing i would check for, that is only usually applicable in cases such as crossfire etc is the limitations that slot may have in x, y, z mode etc. These limitations are usually shown on the Gigabyte Product pages. (For example when in crossfire mode only 8x + 8x Pci-e mode available - that's the sort of quirks I'm talking about)
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    Default Re: GA-MA78G-DS3H - secondary PCIE_16 for NON-video card?

    thanks.

    The manual only mentions, "When the PCI Express x4 slot (PCIEX4_1) operate at up to x4 mode, the PCIEX1_2 and PCIEX1_3 slots become unavailable".

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    Default Re: GA-MA78G-DS3H - secondary PCIE_16 for NON-video card?

    Ya, you can for sure use it like that. What that quote means if you was unsure is that if you do use the PCIE x4 slot that your others mentioned will be unable to be used

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    Default Re: GA-MA78G-DS3H - secondary PCIE_16 for NON-video card?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    Ya, you can for sure use it like that. What that quote means if you was unsure is that if you do use the PCIE x4 slot that your others mentioned will be unable to be used
    Does it mean if I occupy the PCIE-x4-slot with a x1 card (XFI soundcard maybe) the other PCIE x1 slots will be still available? (since it is JUST a x1 card, it only eats x1 bandwidth logically).

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobohob View Post
    Does it mean if I occupy the PCIE-x4-slot with a x1 card (XFI soundcard maybe) the other PCIE x1 slots will be still available? (since it is JUST a x1 card, it only eats x1 bandwidth logically).
    That's a good point. That manual quote suggests that if you use up to 4x and I assume 2x or 4x (not 1x) then those other two 1x slots become unavailable for use.
    I can't see the point in having the other 1x slots if using the 4x slot in 1x mode disables their use.

    If i had to make a guess, I would assume all will support concurrently x1 cards with the x1 board interface. Obviously with the x1 slots the limit is imposed by the physical size of the card connector. In theory the 4x slot should detect only the presence of the 1x card you wish to use and make available the other two PCI-e 1x slots.
    Personally I'd send an email to GB on their online note system which can be fairly quick.
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    Default Re: GA-MA78G-DS3H - secondary PCIE_16 for NON-video card?

    Please post the news if you get it. I kept on getting message that repeating what the manual says from them. I feel like I got message from answering machine from gigabyte tech support/service center.
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    Default Re: GA-MA78G-DS3H - secondary PCIE_16 for NON-video card?

    Why would you put a x1 card in a x4 slot if you have spare x1 slots anyway?

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    Default Re: GA-MA78G-DS3H - secondary PCIE_16 for NON-video card?

    There are possible scenario like these:

    - All PCIE are occupied except the secondary PCIE_16.
    - (Somebody wants to use a x4 RAID card (just for example).)--> yeah, sorry. it's off-base
    - Somebody's video card is too thick and too hot it need more space for the air circulation so the x1 card must far enough from it.
    - etc
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    Default Re: GA-MA78G-DS3H - secondary PCIE_16 for NON-video card?

    Well You asked about x1 cards in a x4 slot, so your second one there is off base. But yeah I do know what you mean about the rest and knew that. Just assumed you had a certain scenario already in mind is why you was asking

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