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May 15, 2011, 07:42:54 PM
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How do I figure out if I can use the x1 PCI slot for mining on a motherboard? I have the ASUS M2N-E card with one x16 and two x1 slots. Can I use it for three cards?

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May 15, 2011, 07:47:33 PM
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How do I figure out if I can use the x1 PCI slot for mining on a motherboard? I have the ASUS M2N-E card with one x16 and two x1 slots. Can I use it for three cards?

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May 15, 2011, 08:42:32 PM
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Thanks. So you can use any card with x1 slot to mine? It does not have to have any special specification?

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May 15, 2011, 08:47:22 PM
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You can use pcie x1 slots just fine, either make a gap on the actual slot so that the card can fit in or use an extender and do the same.
If you are talking about full length pci slots, you can't.

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May 15, 2011, 08:47:40 PM
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It looks like some cards need the special one with the aux. power input... but other than that... for the purpose of mining BTC, there should be no reason why any card wouldn't work over a 1x slot.

The 1x is all about the baud. A 16x slot can transfer data 16 times faster than a 1x slot... but, since PCI-e allows the bus and devices to negotiate their own speeds, even a high speed card should be able to negotiate down to a slower transfer rate.

Just don't expect it to be useful for playing games though  Cheesy

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May 15, 2011, 08:49:53 PM
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4 x 5970s on 1x PCI-e extenders...

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Awesome link! Thanks, that has a lot of great info.

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