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How to use pci-express slots 1 and 3 or 4

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November 22, 2010 1:12:02 PM

im planning for a some future upgrades and have seen pictures where people have 2 graphics cards and they either in pci-e slot 1 and 3 or 1 and 4 (i assume so they can both get decent airflow) if it is possible how do i do this? i have the asus ramapage 3 extreme motherboard, i read somewhere on here that the r3e has 4 switches directly on it that control the 4 pci slots is this true? or can i just plug 2 g-cards into whatever slots i want?

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November 22, 2010 3:03:37 PM

You ALWAYS want to start with the PCIe slot closest to the CPU and work your way down in your case the 'RED' PCIe slots. There is no magical switch and it is done with: Chips/BIOS/Software/H/W Bridges. The only part that you need to 'do' other than install the Bridge & Power to the GPUs is in Windows and the Control Panel set-up.

See Manual for 'slots' CF/SLI (support x16; x16/x16; x16/x8/x8 and x8/x8/x8/x8 configurations); 3-WAY SLI.

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November 23, 2010 7:07:39 AM

jaquith said:
You ALWAYS want to start with the PCIe slot closest to the CPU and work your way down in your case the 'RED' PCIe slots. There is no magical switch and it is done with: Chips/BIOS/Software/H/W Bridges. The only part that you need to 'do' other than install the Bridge & Power to the GPUs is in Windows and the Control Panel set-up.

See Manual for 'slots' CF/SLI (support x16; x16/x16; x16/x8/x8 and x8/x8/x8/x8 configurations); 3-WAY SLI.



well heres a pic its the rig of my clan founder he works a lot so is very hard to get ahold of him to ask
http://www.multiclangaming.net/e107_files/public/126895...


his Specs:
Motherboard:EVGA X58 Classified
CPU:Intel Core I7 920 OC:3.6
RAM: 6gigs GSKILL DDR3 1600mhz OC: 1763mhz
2x GTX 285 SLI
1x 300gig WD Raptor(Games, TeamSpeak ect.)
1x 80gig WD Raptor (Downloads, Other Programs)
2x 1TB WD Black (Storage)
BFG 1200W Modular PSU


i mean it looks like he skipped a slot right? to me it does and if he did it would really nice to know how he did and BTW i do have 4 little stiches on my mobo and the manual says they are PCIe x16 lane switch



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a b U Graphics card
November 23, 2010 10:15:18 AM

Yes (2) GPUs are Slots 1 & 3; I read that before I posted - hence the see 'Manual'. The placement varies for the 'type' and number of GPUs.
{CPU}
PCIe 1
PCIe 2
PCIe 3
PCIe 4
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