I have a DFI x58 LANPARTY motherboard that has three x8 PCI-E socket and one x4 PCI-E socket... I currently have two of my x8 sockets filled with 5870 radeon graphic... in crossfire and one of these covers the x4 slot :-/ qq.
Now I want to buy this:
OCZ RevoDrive PCI-E 80GB Solid State Drive - 0.1ms Seek Time - Read 540MB/s & Write 450MB/s (OCZSSDPX-1RVD0180)
hey, this is 1117248's slightly more computer literate friend typing.
first up, thanks for the help with this problem.
The manual you found was for the DFI UT-x58 - this is the big brother of the board we're using, the DK-x58. The manual it came with is no where near as indepth as the one you linked, and a thorough scouring of it revealed little. From your reading, you suggested that, infact, 2-way xfire wouldnt work in x16 slots 1&3. All ati drivers indicate and acknowledge the existence of crossfire - i assume that if it wouldnt work in this channel, it wouldnt say 'yes, crossfire is enabled'.
the reason i put them in 1 and 3, as opposed to 1 and 2, is a logistical reason, regarding the front audio jacks. the connector for these is right underneath the heatsink of card one, so tightly wedged in, i had to put the cable in, then the gfx card (no damage to components, as far as i can see). The cable then runs out, between the 2 cards, but wont allow the side by side placement. there is also the added benefit of cooling.
what im wondering is, if we put a x4 physical connector into a x16 slot, will it cause the mobo to run in 3-way CrossFire (x16,x8,x8)? Thus, by installing the SSD, slowing graphics performance but a quarter.
my opinion is to simply use a SATAII SSD, as the PCI-E SSD technology really isnt mature. booting from pcie might be an issue too. so two questions basically. will the x4 connector slow gfx, and would you recommend the safer and cheaper option of using a SATAII SSD, despite the disparity in read/write times