View Full Version : Does the Slot Matter?

12-29-07, 07:27 PM
There are two pci-e 16x slots on my mobo, the top one that is lable #1 blocks two of my sata ports. Should I be able to plug in into the bottom one labled #2. When I tried I didn't get anything on my screen. I first tried it with the out of the box drivers with my evga 8800gts512(g92), when i got the black screen I went ahead and installed 169.25 whql, on my copy of vista home premium 32bit, but to no avail. Is there some setting in windows or in nhancer that i need to use in order to enable the second slot?

12-29-07, 09:21 PM
It should be able to read out just fine. Just buy angled SATA cables. I don't see why that motherboard is giving you a problem, the clearance should be just fine. Always plug it in the closest port to the CPU.

12-30-07, 01:55 AM
make sure you bois doesnt have a setting that you need to tell witch pci-e slot is the primary slot used.

my old asus a8n made me tell it witch of the two slot had a card in it and witch did not

12-30-07, 02:47 PM
yes, the slot probably does matter. You might have 2 16x slots but *most likely* one of them runs at only 4x speed. Check your motherboard manual!

12-30-07, 05:38 PM
yes, the slot probably does matter. You might have 2 16x slots but *most likely* one of them runs at only 4x speed. Check your motherboard manual!

I think it might be x8 speed. If you have 1 card, 1 slot is full x16, but the other is considered x8. That's why when you have an SLi set up, CPU-Z says you have an x8 bus. It splits up the speed between the 2 slots. That's why it's better to get a motherboard with 2 full x16 slots.

12-31-07, 11:26 PM
*EDIT* Posted it twice, If mod comes across please delete this..... Sorry about that:)

12-31-07, 11:57 PM
First off, I read through my motherboard's manual and found out that I could only use slot #1 which is the one blocking my two sata ports. Here is the exact text from the manual:
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Here are some actual pictures of the two sata ports being blocked:
(Imageshack appearantly doesn't allow images larger than 1.5mb, so I had to use an alternative host)
Not exactly the best shots, but I can't get either of my two types of SATA cables to go in, so I'm thinking about getting a bent, or a 90 degree angle cable. I saw some of these on newegg, and thought they had the lowest profile. anyone have any experience with a 90 degree bent SATA cable? or Have a beter recemendatoin for one? Im pretty sure that I would only be able to use one of these because of the bent angle, so would I be better off with a Like a sata raid controller, I wouldn't need the raid though so It just needs to have atleast two, preferibly four sata II ports. A third option would be to aquire a DFI lanpart 939 mobo from a friend for $20. This might be cheaper then most of the sata/raid cards out there.


This isn't exactly on topic with the geforce 7 or 8 series, but nonetheless any help/imput/commentary would be helpful

01-01-08, 12:36 AM
Just buy angled SATA cables.

Did that work?

01-01-08, 01:22 AM
I was considering buying them, but I have 4 SATA ports, and 4 SATA drives, two of the ports are accessable, while the other two are being blocked by the vid card. With the angled sata cables, i think that I would only be able to use one due to there design, even if one would fit. So I think that I am ruling out bent SATA cables. My others options are buy a sata pci card, or buy my friends mobo for $20 that would accomidate all of my current drives plus 2 more.

*Edit* I think am am going to go with a sata raid controller. Anyone have any recommendations?
I am think at least four SATA II ports:)