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Question about PCIe x16 in EVGA nForce 780i SLI FTW

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October 11, 2008 10:05:51 PM

Hello guyz,

I was wondering if any one could help me out, I recently did a brand new build from scratch, everything runs perfectly untill i ran into a single problem. The PCI Express x1 slot is covered by my GTX280 card, thus not allowing me to connect my Creative XFI sound card. If i attempt to connect the Video card to the PCIe X16 slot on the bottom to free up the PCI express x1 slot, the mother board will display an error saying that when not in SLI mode i should move the card into the PCIe X16_1 slot; Something like this, card detected in PCIe x16_2 Slot, when not in SLI mode please move the PCIe x16_1 slot.

This sux, i was wondering if any one knows a work around for this, this system has everything but a good sound card.

I apreciate all those who could share some solutions : )

This is what i'm currently running:
EVGA nForce 780i SLI FTW
Intel Quad Core Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83ghz LGA 775
8gb of DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Crosair Dominator
EVGA GeForce GTX280 1g 512bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0
Rosewill RX950 /950w

Thanks for reading.
October 11, 2008 10:19:53 PM


i think the board is hard wired like that, PCIE x16 #1 (the one thats covering up your x1 slot) has to have a gfx card in it or board wont go any further

the only thing i can think of is are there some options in your bios to set the #2 x16 as like the "master" ??

October 11, 2008 10:21:33 PM

Yea i already tried looking into that but so far no luck, not even on the EVGA site : (
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October 11, 2008 11:44:11 PM

I have an answer for you! I ran into the same problem...the EXACT same problem. I also have the eVGA 780i FTW with the PCI-E XFI soundcard. Here is the solution. Use one of the other slots that is designated for a x16 slot for your x1 card. It works like a charm. I was very close to returning the board just because the slot was covered and I really wanted to use that soundcard. Lucky for me I found that solution. I have been running it that way since about 2 weeks after the FTW mobo came out.
October 12, 2008 12:09:29 AM

really ? will the MOBO actually take that slot for that thing?? sounds odd, Thanks for the reply btw : )
October 12, 2008 12:16:44 AM

Not a prob. But yeah, it does take it. The connectors for the x1 slot are the same exact ones for the x16. I was surprised, but totally relieved when it worked.
October 12, 2008 3:27:41 AM

Sweet, thanks alot for the response, i will get back to you once i have tryed this out : )
October 12, 2008 5:53:23 AM

This method defenetly works, Thank You Very Much : )
October 12, 2008 3:13:36 PM

Anytime! Glad to help :) 
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