2x PCIEX16 or 1x PCIEX16 and 1x PCIEX4?

By WhitePages ยท 5 replies
Jul 18, 2013
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  1. I'm planning on doing a GTX 660 SLi setup. I'm unsure if performance is changed significantly by getting a 2x PCIEX16 mobo or 1x PCIEx16 1x PCIEx4. A 2 x16 board is quite a bit more expensive, but I don't know what difference it would make.

    Side question: A GTX 660 SLi setup is a good choice, gaming performance/cost, than other options, is it not?

    Advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
  2. MrBlkfx1

    MrBlkfx1 TS Evangelist Posts: 863   +204

    You will want a motherboard that will support a SLI setup with x16 or x8 links. Anything under x8 would hurt your performance.
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  3. WhitePages

    WhitePages TS Rookie Topic Starter

  4. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,198   +593

    I don't know what chip your getting (Im of course assuming an Vishera or Bulldozer Chip of some sort) but I would recommend this for around 30 more because its a higher chipset and has 2 16x PCIE on it along with a third for 4x.

  5. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Not to mention that SLI isn't possible for a card using a PCIe x16 @ x4 (or an open ended PCIe x4 slot). Nvidia driver lockout.
  6. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

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