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Old October 16, 2011, 07:09 AM
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Originally Posted by emini View Post
I am a layman when it comes to hardware but :

Someone said following & thus it has only 2 PCIe x16 slots.

The problem is actually a bit more technical. The third PCI-E slot on these boards does not even go through the same controller.

The first two slots are controlled by the CPU directly. The third slot is controlled by the chipset, P67 or Z68 depending on the board.

I don't know what it means & should I look for another board ? If yes, any suggestions.


It depends on what you're wanting to do with it. The ATI FirePro 2460 isn't really what most people here would consider a powerhouse GPU (Graphics Processing Unit). It's designed more to do multi-display than to crank out things like ATI's Eyefinity multi-monitor 3D GPU solution. (Yes I know this card supports it, but it's an apples to oranges comparison to the 3D GPU's) I'm going to assume you're using this likely for some kinda video surveillance system or other 2D based application.

The reason the third card being controlled by another chipset is important is for 3D applications where the cards are running in Crossfire or SLI mode. These modes allow the system to essentially treat all 2 or 3 cards as one giant card. For this to happen efficiently there's some timing and speed issues that need to be addressed. Boards that mount the nVidia NF200 chipset are designed for 3 or more GPUs to work in concert, not in tandem as you're looking to do. IF, and I stress IF, you need that then look at something like the eVGA Z68 FTW motherboard.

Honestly, for what I'm expecting you're going to use the machine for the only real concern you have is the number of PCI-Express slots you have since that card does not support Crossfire.

Last edited by Skippman; October 16, 2011 at 07:11 AM. Reason: spelling
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