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 09/26/2005 08:46 AM
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Ok, I was looking at SLI boards when I saw this one and read its specs. Yes, its specs say it has 2 PCI-Express 16x slots, 1 PCI-Express 1x slot and 3 PCI slots. Thats 6 slots total. Ok, now get this, look at the main picture. It has 7 slots 1 slot in the middle between the 2 PCI-Express 16x slots and looking like an exacly duplicate as the 2 PCI-Express 16x slots only blue... What the heck is going on? What is it for? Heres the link.

Link to board' ">http://www.newegg.com/Product/...p?Item=N82E16813188002

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 09/26/2005 08:59 AM
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QUOTENote the 3 PCI Express full-length slots above. The top and bottom yellow slots are PCI Express x8 (for SLI configuration) and the blue one in the middle is a PCI Express x16 (for single card non-SLI use).

http://www.nvnews.net/reviews/...rce4...rd/page_3.shtml' ">http://www.nvnews.net/reviews/...mainboard/page_3.shtml

I was curious, had to look it up /smile.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='smile.gif' />

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 09/26/2005 09:07 AM
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It's the *same* as the Jetway' ">http://www.newegg.com/Product/...p?Item=N82E16813153030 SLI board.

One should note that these are considered to be among the fastest boards out there, due to the slot layout. No jumpers. If you are running a single video card, you use the middle 16x slot, if you want SLI, use the outside two 16x slots.

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 09/26/2005 09:07 AM
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which is wierd, doestn SLi still use the chip bridge to connect the 2 cards? Hows it work with the extra space?

//edit I really dont know what Im talking about with SLi, I am not impressed with it and dont play on owning it, EVER. Unless it becomes standard. Id rather buy 1 7800GT or GTX than 2 6800 Ultras. Its kind of a waste. Ive had plenty good gaming with my 6800 vanilla. In the future I will splurge for the next up card, such as the 6800GT when I got mine, but never splurge for SLi. (unless I get rich after college).

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 09/26/2005 09:09 AM
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No no no, I'm not talking about the bridge, I'm talking about the SLI selection "card" that all other SLI boards use. That slows them down.

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 09/26/2005 09:09 AM
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Oh they dont all use the chip that physically connects them?

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 09/26/2005 09:15 AM
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Again, I'm *not* talking about the bridge. I'm talking about the single/sli selection card that goes into the motherboard...

-Adam

EDIT: This is what I'm talking about:

' ">http://img8.imageshack.us/my.php?image=slimobo3lo.jpg

That card is double sided, put it one way, you run the slots independantly, oput it the other way it combines them. That is the single/sli selection card most SLI motherboards have. Some may not have that, but have jumpers instead. The Jetway and its new clone, the Evga use a three slot solution to eliminate the slowdown that occurs when a selector card or jumpers are used.

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 09/26/2005 12:21 PM
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ok pictures truly are worth 1000words. I still wasnt sure what you were talking about. Ive never seen this, kinda cool. I still probably will never own SLi.

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