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Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 issues with videocard and PCI-Express.

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June 29, 2013 8:43:46 AM

Hello.

I'm sorry if this is posted in the incorrect section but I just joined.

I bought a Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 motherboard a while ago, and received it already. I bought a EVGA GTX 650 Ti SC 2 GB Edition along with a TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 450Mbps Wireless N Dual Band PCI Express Adapter since I need to use wireless network since I can't get a cable up to my room.

According to my motherboard manual it's best to use the first PCIe slot (to get better performance) however if I put my videocard there I can't use the PCI Express adapter seeing as that slot is blocked.

Do you guys think it's smart to put the videocard down one slot so that I can use both my videocard and my wireless adapter without slowing down my videocard?

I'll link you to a picture to clarify what I'm saying: http://rog.asus.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/sabertoo...

If you look at that it's clear that there's barely any space between the first PCIe slot and the slot after that one.

Is anyone able to help me out?

Best Regards,
Hexicidal.
June 29, 2013 8:53:57 AM

If I were you I would return the Wireless Adapter and get a PCI one, not PCI Express, just to take out any placebo effect. But the truth is that in that motherboard the second PCI-e slot is just as fast that the first one.

I looked up the specs and this is what came out:
PCI Express 2.0 x16
3 (dual x16 or x16, x8, x8)
1 (x4 mode, black)

The two with lighter color are x16, so you're good to go.
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June 29, 2013 8:58:15 AM

songorocosongo said:
If I were you I would return the Wireless Adapter and get a PCI one, not PCI Express, just to take out any placebo effect. But the truth is that in that motherboard the second PCI-e slot is just as fast that the first one.

I looked up the specs and this is what came out:
PCI Express 2.0 x16
3 (dual x16 or x16, x8, x8)
1 (x4 mode, black)

The two with lighter color are x16, so you're good to go.


So if there the same speed there's no difference in the actual speed I'll be receiving right? Because if that's the case I'd just place the videocard in that other lighter colored slot.

Thanks for your quick reply.
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June 29, 2013 9:41:52 AM

Hexicidal said:
songorocosongo said:
If I were you I would return the Wireless Adapter and get a PCI one, not PCI Express, just to take out any placebo effect. But the truth is that in that motherboard the second PCI-e slot is just as fast that the first one.

I looked up the specs and this is what came out:
PCI Express 2.0 x16
3 (dual x16 or x16, x8, x8)
1 (x4 mode, black)

The two with lighter color are x16, so you're good to go.


So if there the same speed there's no difference in the actual speed I'll be receiving right? Because if that's the case I'd just place the videocard in that other lighter colored slot.

Thanks for your quick reply.


Exactly! The speed will be the same
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June 29, 2013 10:10:25 AM

songorocosongo said:
Hexicidal said:
songorocosongo said:
If I were you I would return the Wireless Adapter and get a PCI one, not PCI Express, just to take out any placebo effect. But the truth is that in that motherboard the second PCI-e slot is just as fast that the first one.

I looked up the specs and this is what came out:
PCI Express 2.0 x16
3 (dual x16 or x16, x8, x8)
1 (x4 mode, black)

The two with lighter color are x16, so you're good to go.


So if there the same speed there's no difference in the actual speed I'll be receiving right? Because if that's the case I'd just place the videocard in that other lighter colored slot.

Thanks for your quick reply.


Exactly! The speed will be the same


Thank you. Just wondering you mentioned a regular PCI Wireless Network adapter, do you happen to know any adapters out there that have a good range since my router is 2 floors down as well as a decent speed?

I looked at a few online and I found this one: http://www.tp-link.com/en/products/details/?model=TL-WN...

Any recommendations? And I do apologize for all the questions.
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June 29, 2013 11:08:20 AM

Mine is Rosewill and it's not so good. My laptop received a better signal than my gaming desktop at the same place. The one you posted has good reviews on newegg and it's a trusted brand. Looks like a good buy. There's also the same one but with 1 or 2 antennas, you might wanna look at those, the one with 2 antennas has the same specs.
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June 29, 2013 11:13:57 AM

songorocosongo said:
Mine is Rosewill and it's not so good. My laptop received a better signal than my gaming desktop at the same place. The one you posted has good reviews on newegg and it's a trusted brand. Looks like a good buy. There's also the same one but with 1 or 2 antennas, you might wanna look at those, the one with 2 antennas has the same specs.


Thank you, I'll probably use the PCI-E I have right now and do some benchmarks with the videocard in the bottom lighter slot and the top one to see if it gives me any difference in performance if not I'll most likely stick with the PCI-E was. Too bad for my aesthetics seeing as I wanted to see my videocard.
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July 14, 2013 12:03:44 PM

I'm sorry to bump such an old topic but I was wondering if it's possible to run the PCI-E 1x (wireless network)card in a PCI-E 8 or 16x slot. I looked up a few things on the internet and they said yes however I'd like to ask you guys to make sure I don't break anything since it's my first build. The PCI-E 1x card is a lot smaller, so therefore I was wondering if it's possible to put it in a regular PCI-E slot (the longer ones also used for videocards).

Will that work for my motherboard?

I apologize for the bumping of an old thread.
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