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    ROG Member Array Derren002 PC Specs
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    Laptop (Model)None
    MotherboardASUS Maximus VIII Hero
    ProcessorIntel Core i7 6700k
    Memory (part number)G.Skill Ripjaws V 32GB DDR4-2400
    Graphics Card #1EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti FTW
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    Sound CardSoundblaster Z Series
    MonitorASUS ROG PG279Q 1440p 165Hz G-SYNC, 32" Vizio Full HD LED TV
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    Maximus VIII Hero Help

    So I'm running a Maximus VIII Hero with a 6700K, 32GB of DDR4-2400, 2x EVGA GTX 980 Ti FTW, a Soundblaster Z series card, and the ASUS USB 3.1 Type-A Card. My problem is the USB 3.1 card won't work. I have it plugged into the last PCIe slot on the motherboard so my question is am I just out of PCIe lanes between the CPU and Chipset or is that card just completely incompatible with the board?

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    ROG Guru: Gold Belt Array Menthol PC Specs
    Menthol PC Specs
    MotherboardM 10 Apex / XI gene
    Processor8700K / 9900K
    Memory (part number)2x8 Gskill Trident Z 4266/2x2x8 Gskill Trident Z 4500
    Graphics Card #1RTX 2080ti / GTX 1060
    Sound CardSoundBlaster Ae5 / Onboard
    MonitorBENQ 32" 4K
    Storage #1Intel 900p 480GB/Samsung 960 Pro 1TB
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    On the Hero if you use the bottom pcie slot it will disable 2 of the 3 pcie x1 slots, the top pciex1 slot is still functional, the one above the pciex16 slot for your GPU

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    ROG Member Array Derren002 PC Specs
    Derren002 PC Specs
    Laptop (Model)None
    MotherboardASUS Maximus VIII Hero
    ProcessorIntel Core i7 6700k
    Memory (part number)G.Skill Ripjaws V 32GB DDR4-2400
    Graphics Card #1EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti FTW
    Graphics Card #2EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti FTW
    Graphics Card #3My Imagination
    Graphics Card #4My Imagination
    Sound CardSoundblaster Z Series
    MonitorASUS ROG PG279Q 1440p 165Hz G-SYNC, 32" Vizio Full HD LED TV
    Storage #1Samsung 850 Evo 250GB, Samsung 840 Evo 1TB
    Storage #22 x Seagate Desktop HDD.15 4TB Raid 1
    CPU CoolerCorsair H115i PRO RGB
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    So should I move it to the 1x slot between my graphics cards?

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    ROG Member Array Derren002 PC Specs
    Derren002 PC Specs
    Laptop (Model)None
    MotherboardASUS Maximus VIII Hero
    ProcessorIntel Core i7 6700k
    Memory (part number)G.Skill Ripjaws V 32GB DDR4-2400
    Graphics Card #1EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti FTW
    Graphics Card #2EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti FTW
    Graphics Card #3My Imagination
    Graphics Card #4My Imagination
    Sound CardSoundblaster Z Series
    MonitorASUS ROG PG279Q 1440p 165Hz G-SYNC, 32" Vizio Full HD LED TV
    Storage #1Samsung 850 Evo 250GB, Samsung 840 Evo 1TB
    Storage #22 x Seagate Desktop HDD.15 4TB Raid 1
    CPU CoolerCorsair H115i PRO RGB
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    Never mind it needs at least a 4x slot so that wouldn't work.

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    ROG Guru: Gold Belt Array Menthol PC Specs
    Menthol PC Specs
    MotherboardM 10 Apex / XI gene
    Processor8700K / 9900K
    Memory (part number)2x8 Gskill Trident Z 4266/2x2x8 Gskill Trident Z 4500
    Graphics Card #1RTX 2080ti / GTX 1060
    Sound CardSoundBlaster Ae5 / Onboard
    MonitorBENQ 32" 4K
    Storage #1Intel 900p 480GB/Samsung 960 Pro 1TB
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    It should go in the very bottom x16 slot which is an X8 slot unless you have an M.2 SSD installed it will operate at x4 which is enough, if your system does not recognize the card in the bottom slot then that is an issue

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    ROG Member Array Derren002 PC Specs
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    MotherboardASUS Maximus VIII Hero
    ProcessorIntel Core i7 6700k
    Memory (part number)G.Skill Ripjaws V 32GB DDR4-2400
    Graphics Card #1EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti FTW
    Graphics Card #2EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti FTW
    Graphics Card #3My Imagination
    Graphics Card #4My Imagination
    Sound CardSoundblaster Z Series
    MonitorASUS ROG PG279Q 1440p 165Hz G-SYNC, 32" Vizio Full HD LED TV
    Storage #1Samsung 850 Evo 250GB, Samsung 840 Evo 1TB
    Storage #22 x Seagate Desktop HDD.15 4TB Raid 1
    CPU CoolerCorsair H115i PRO RGB
    CaseCorsair 750D Airflow Edition
    Power SupplyEVGA SuperNOVA 1000 P2
    Keyboard Corsair K95 RGB
    Mouse Logitech G502 Hero
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    Quote Originally Posted by Menthol View Post
    It should go in the very bottom x16 slot which is an X8 slot unless you have an M.2 SSD installed it will operate at x4 which is enough, if your system does not recognize the card in the bottom slot then that is an issue
    I'm just going to return the card.

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    ROG Enthusiast Array BJBBJB PC Specs
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    MotherboardMaximus VIII Hero
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    Derren002,
    I also am moving from an older build with an SB card (A Fatal1ty PCI card) and was curious why you are running it in the Hero vs. the onboard audio. I see they finally did come out with Windows 10 drivers for our cards, but I kind of thought based on their age it might be better to run with the onboard audio. Just curious about your thoughts. I am waiting for the Samsung 950 drive to put mine together....
    Thanks,
    BJBBJB

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    ROG Enthusiast Array BJBBJB PC Specs
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    Just curious if anyone that is into sound say for audio editing has any general thoughts on how the new audio tech in the Maximus VIII Hero might compare to an older SoundBlaster Fatal1ty PCI card. Has the enhanced ROG onboard audio caught up? Is it close?

    BJBBJB

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