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Old November 23, 2009, 03:23 PM
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Sorry for the nooby question, but you guys are probably used to it. Are there any advantages running two graphics cards in x8 x8?
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Old November 23, 2009, 03:54 PM
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Old November 23, 2009, 03:59 PM
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If you Crossfire or SLI, chances are you'll run in X8 mode. I read a review somewhere, looking for it, and it seems that PCI-E 2.0 X8 (PCI-E 1.0 X16) mode is only a bottleneck for the latest GPUs like the 5870, 5970, etc. Otherwise, then you're fine.
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Old November 23, 2009, 04:12 PM
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Sorry for the nooby question, but you guys are probably used to it. Are there any advantages running two graphics cards in x8 x8?
There's no advantage to it - it's simply a necessity sometimes. The average motherboard simply doesn't have enough PCI-E data lanes to give each GPU a full 16 lanes, so it divides them between the devices evenly. Thus, even though you may be sticking each GPU into a "x16" slot, each slot only gets eight lanes of data bandwidth to use.

There are exceptions to this - some motherboard chipsets have enough lanes to give each GPU a full 16 lanes, the most recent example being Intel's X58 chipset. But as already mentioned, having only an x8 pathway usually isn't a serious issue, except with the most powerful cards (i.e. AMD's 5800-series cards).
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