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PCI-E x16 in PCI-E x4 slot

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Nester, May 5, 2011.

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  1. Nester

    Nester Thread Starter

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    Hello

    I have a quick question regarding being able to insert a PCI-E x16 in a PCI-E x4 slot - is this possible? Would it act like the way USB x2 works in the way of backwards compatibility?

    The reason I ask is I want to get another card along with my current one which is PCI-E x16 and I only have a spare PCI-E x4 slot available, this is so I can use x3 monitors for a multi setup.

    Nester
     
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    I do not believe that card with a PCI-Ex16 interface will fit in a smaller PCI-Ex4 connector.
     

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    The slot looks long with a clip at the end and says PCI-E x4 on the board next to it - I could try taking my current card from the x16 slot just to test.

    I would take a photo of the slot however my brother borrowed my camera the other day, typical also my phone camera sucks.

    This is the card I am looking at - it's nowt special but is only to enable a third monitor and looks quite slim which is good as I have a sound card which would be next to it. The card looks like it would fit in the slot though.

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    http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/...ia8000series/novatech/8400gs256mbpci-elp.html
     
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    Thank you for that I am going to look into it a bit more although it's getting a little out of my budget range.
     
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    Do you know the model number of your motherboard?
     
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    Ok,looks like the second slot is a full size slot that runs at 4X.
    You should be fine running that 8400.
    That card has a double width cooler on it,so if you can't move
    your sound card over one slot,you would want to look for a single
    width card.
     
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