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Which PCIeX16 slot should I use for a SATA3 card

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    Perth, Western Australia
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    Which PCIeX16 slot should I use for a SATA3 card


    My motherboard has 3 PCIeX16 and 4 PCIeX1 slots. I was planning to use an X1 slot but when the SATA3 card arrived I discovered (realised) it was X2 so I must use one of my X16 slots but which? Or doesn't it matter?

    More detail.... I currently use on-board graphics but may(?) get a graphics card sometime? Windows 8.1 64bit, 16Gb 2400 DDR3 memory Asus Deluxe/Dual MB etc

    Read the user manual which just puzzled me more with talk of X16 slots sharing bandwidth and IRQs etc. I will NEVER have more than one graphics card which I assume will go into slot 1 as it is yellow (to be different as the other 2 are black).

    Does it matter whether I use slot 2 or 3? If so, why?

    TIA

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    Hey mate, I would probably use slot 3 as it gives a bit more breathing space between your (future?) graphics card and this card. Weather is certainly changing isn't it?
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  3. #3


    Perth, Western Australia
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    7 Pro & 8.1 Pro & 8.1 Pro


    So no technical answer besides spacing?

    That's why I was tending to slot 3 too as it is closer to my HDD cradles in the bottom of my Antec Nineteen Hundred. SATA cables are rather short in length

    With the card I will have 18 SATA3 ports

    Yes, I don't like this weather! How do we go back to summer?
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    Well with 18 SATA3 ports you should never run short thats for sure!
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