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PCI-E 16x? 8x? 2.0? Sli? Crossfire? 8x 8x? 16x 8x? huh?

Last response: in Motherboards
November 29, 2009 4:16:32 AM

I'm trying to buy a motherboard and I'm confused. I understand that I want a PCI-Express 16x 2.0...

What gets confusing is when we start talking about SLI and Crossfire.

Most of these motherboards I see have one pci-express at 16x and another at 8x. Is this normal? Are there some that run at 16x 16x?

Even for the board that is 16x, says that it runs sli/crossfire in 8x 8x mode...

Can anyone help me understand the current state of pci-express slots?
November 29, 2009 5:50:50 AM

thanks a lot, that helped. it looks like what I want is a board that can run sli/crossfire in 8x8 mode. that gives me the option of expanding into crossfire/sli while not breaking the bank