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Do I need an SLI compatible MOBO to run a single GTX590?

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July 22, 2013 8:46:18 PM

I have an older workstation from 2009 (dual processor quad Xeon X5482, Intel 5400 mobo) that I use for occasional at home work (engineering graphics) and some racing games. Currently have a Asus EAH5870 thats great for the few games I play, but utterly sucks at CAD.

From all the research I've done, going nvidia GTX is the way to go short of going full Quadro, I have quado in my workstation at work, but I do not want to spend more then $300 on a card since I rarely work at home, plus you cant game much on quadro..

So my question, I'm 99% sure that my intel 5400 motherboard is NOT SLI compatible, so no dual card setups for me, but can I run a single GTX590 which is a dual GPU on a single card setup? or do I need and SLI mobo to even run that card?
July 22, 2013 8:51:03 PM

That card is a dual port, meaning that it takes up 2 slots on the case. It only uses one slot on the motherboard. So as long as you have a single pcie x16 slot you can use it.
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July 22, 2013 9:00:04 PM

I have 6 PCI slots on this mobo at least 4 of which are x16 2.0 (because its a workstation) so I have plenty of "Physical" room in there, but will it work since its not a gaming motherboard, but rather a server mobo?
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July 22, 2013 9:08:15 PM

There should be no issues running a single card on that board. The slots arent linked for sli, but with a single card there should be no issue.
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July 22, 2013 9:11:36 PM

wagonist said:
I have 6 PCI slots on this mobo at least 4 of which are x16 2.0 (because its a workstation) so I have plenty of "Physical" room in there, but will it work since its not a gaming motherboard, but rather a server mobo?


Yes, it will work..

You want to add a pcie 16x graphics card to your computer, and you have this slot, then of course it will work..
it's not depend what is your motherboard "genre"..you can slap anything you want to your mobo as long it's meets the specification..

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