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Video Card wont fit in 16x slot

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March 24, 2010 4:35:52 PM

Video Card wont fit in 16x slot. The one closest to cpu. So I installed in x8 slot.

Is it OK to install in x8 slot and will I notice performance loss?

It seems to work fine.

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March 24, 2010 5:46:37 PM

That is strange, everything is built by standards and should file. Where doesn't it fit? physically in the slot or is there an obstruction?

You could, but sometimes boards act funny when the 1st cards isn't in the 1st slot. sometimes they are fine. Sometimes it even says it doesn't matter.
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March 24, 2010 6:22:54 PM

Yes its a 4670 with a huge heat sink. (No Fan)

It fits in the slot but the fins touch the cpu cooler.
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March 24, 2010 6:24:38 PM

What's your motherboard? Have any pictures?
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March 24, 2010 6:48:28 PM

chicago30 said:
Yes its a 4670 with a huge heat sink. (No Fan)

It fits in the slot but the fins touch the cpu cooler.


Ahh understood. Just try and see. It won't hurt anything.
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March 24, 2010 6:58:13 PM

Passively cooled 4670 huh? Guess no overclocking the GPU for you :D . Anyway, there is a minor loss of performance, but with that card it's pretty small so you shouldn't worry about it.
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March 24, 2010 7:00:30 PM

I guess my question is what CPU cooler are you using that can reach all the way to the first PCIe slot? Thing must be huge! You usually HAVE to use one slot if you are using only one GPU. You can try it in the 8x slot, but be prepared for it to not work.
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March 24, 2010 7:11:31 PM

It does work in the 8x slot, but I want to know if I'm losing performance.
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March 24, 2010 7:27:40 PM

A 4670 is not using any more bandwidth than a PCI-E 2.0 x8 can provide. x8 on 2.0 is generally enough for any single GPU card, maybe the HIGH end cards benefit from more but you are fine.
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March 24, 2010 7:32:54 PM

Yes, it'll be fine. And is it me or am I missing something here? Both PCIe slots look to be x16.
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March 24, 2010 8:21:44 PM

skolpo said:
Yes, it'll be fine. And is it me or am I missing something here? Both PCIe slots look to be x16.



I think the one closet to the CPU is the x16 and the other is x8.

Correct?
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March 24, 2010 8:25:07 PM

They are both 16x PHYSICAL slots, but the bottom one has only 8 lanes connected. This is good. You can plug any PCIe device into a 16x slot and have it work. If its a 1x card it will work. If its a 4x card it will work. It will use however many lanes are available, up to the limit its designed to use. Why we put 1x or 4x slots on motherboards I'll never understand.
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March 24, 2010 9:49:13 PM

There will be no preformnce loss, and even if there was, you wouldn't notice.
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April 8, 2010 9:59:17 PM

So I'll just keep it in the other slot.
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