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    Default Re: ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z (Intel Z68) mATX Motherboard Review

    Quick question before I go and order one of these boards. My current board is a Gigabyte GA-H67MA-UD2H-B3. With my current board, if I have all expansion slots occupied, my 16x slot still operates at a full 16x. It's laid out like this:

    ---------- PCIe 2.0 16x -> occupied by a Radeon HD6950
    ------ PCIe 2.0 1x -> blocked by Radeon HD6950
    ------ PCIe 2.0 1x -> occupied by a USB 3.0 PCIe card
    ---------- PCIe 2.0 4x -> occupied by a Hauppauge HVR-2250 PCIe TV Tuner card


    With the Gene-Z, looks like it would be laid out like this:
    ---------- PCIe 2.0 16x -> will put my Radeon HD6950 in this slot
    NO SLOT
    ---------- PCIe 2.0 16x -> will put my PCIe TV Tuner in this slot
    ---------- PCIe 2.0 4x -> will put my USB3.0 PCIe card in this slot


    If I put something in all of the slots in the Gene-Z, is that 16x slot I put my HD6950 in still going to run at 8x even though the other 16x slot is being used by a 1x card and not another PCIe 16x video card?

    If I just get rid of the USB3.0 PCIe card and put the PCIe TV Tuner card into the very bottom slot (the 4x slot), leaving the second / bottom PCIe 2.0 16x slot unused, will the slot that my HD6950 occupies run at a full 16x?

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    Default Re: ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z (Intel Z68) mATX Motherboard Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Synomenon View Post
    If I put something in all of the slots in the Gene-Z, is that 16x slot I put my HD6950 in still going to run at 8x even though the other 16x slot is being used by a 1x card and not another PCIe 16x video card?

    If I just get rid of the USB3.0 PCIe card and put the PCIe TV Tuner card into the very bottom slot (the 4x slot), leaving the second / bottom PCIe 2.0 16x slot unused, will the slot that my HD6950 occupies run at a full 16x?
    Once the second PCIe slot is occupied, the first one will drop to x8. This is normal since the CPU can only provide up to 16 PCIe lanes. The last slot operates at x4 and is handled by the chipset. If you have your video card in the first slot and the TV tuner card in the last slot, your video card will run at x16.

    Is there a reason why you're using a USB 3.0 card? Your board already has a couple of ports in the back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by join95278 View Post
    My current board is a Gigabyte GA-H67MA-UD2H-B3
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