One PCI-E board in second connector?

New Asus Sabertooth X58 mother board has one PCI connector, but a video card in slot one prevents its use. I want a parallel port board there. I could buy a PCI-E board of course, but I wondered why not put the video board in the second slot?

Asus manual says use slot one "to get better performance"
It says "2 x PCI Express x16 slots (dual at x16 /X16 mode)"

So what bad thing happens if the one Asus Radeon 5670 card is in slot 2?
Is it like usable at say half speed? (I don't need much).
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  1. WayneF said:

    So what bad thing happens if the one Asus Radeon 5670 card is in slot 2?
    Is it like usable at say half speed? (I don't need much).



    FWIW, Win7 "Experience" rated this video at 7 in Slot 1.
    I moved it to Slot 2, and reran it, and it still says 7.
    Good enough for me.
  2. The top two 16x slots on X58 boards generally both run at full speed so there should be no effect from switching the slot, if you went for the black slot at the bottom there might be a slight performance hit, but a 5670 wouldnt take any hit from only 8X anyway, two 5850s in CF barely take a hit when running at 8x/8x.

    There is no reason you cant put it in the second slot.
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