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    Sound Card

    Sorry is asked before,
    I have my Graphics cards in SLI set x16 would these remain at x16 if I add a dedicated sound card? or would they change to x8?
    Dedicated Realtek lack the punch and tweaks from the creative sound blaster alternative.
    Thanks on any technical information as I'm aware some board reduce bandwidth with the more pci slots used, my 5930k supports 40 lanes.

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    For a 40 lanes CPU the 1st graphics card will remain at x16 while the 2nd will drop to x8. (ref: 1-19 of the User Guide)

    Edit:
    My apo-logies. I misinterpreted the chart on that page.
    Last edited by Axle Grease; 05-12-2017 at 09:04 PM.
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    I was running an SLI configuration with a 40 lane CPU and the sound card (SBZ) is an x1 device. My video cards both ran x16. Post 22 here:

    **https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthrea...e-thread/page3

    Sound card just above video card#2.*

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    I'm running x16x16 with soundcard in x1 slot immediately above second card....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axle Grease View Post
    For a 40 lanes CPU the 1st graphics card will remain at x16 while the 2nd will drop to x8. (ref: 1-19 of the User Guide)

    No, that's the lower chart you are quoting I think, for a 28-lane CPU? At least from the manual I'm looking at for the R5E/U3.1, it shows a 40-lane CPU running in SLI with PCIe 3.0 Slot 1 at x16 and PCIe 3.0 Slot 3 at x16 also. Doesn't drop to x8 until you hit 3-way SLI.

    Sounds to me like he's got the sound card installed in system slot #3, which is the first PCIe 2.0 slot available. So for that, the way I read it, you have to just be careful about that slot because it shares bandwidth with other system components (other than the GPU's).
    Last edited by davemon50; 05-12-2017 at 07:30 PM.
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    Yea. It's all about lane allocation. There's no PCIe ssd in his own spec list, so I was thinking x16, x16, x1 so he isn't exceeding 40 with that and should have no conflicts if he chooses the same installation as per Arne and myself.
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    Nice 1 thanks to you all, *(piece of mind)
    I'm going to buy a dedicated sound blaster ZR to replace the onboard sound.
    Gotta admit I fell for the hype to the new onboard chip *of the x99 yet disappointed coming from the creative X-fi and the options I could do with the software.
    It's good to look through the side and see lots of toys amplifies the look and character.*

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    I have tried onboard sound myself and I ended up going back to my Creative SBZ. Some are completely satisfied with onboard sound. Just a matter of personal preference.

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    Sound Card should be installed in x1 slot. On that way she not influence on GPU speed even with 28 lanes.
    No matter how motherboard look without x1 slot for me not exist. ASRock example build bunch of motherboards without x1 slot for X99.
    Even mATX board need x1 slot, even better x4 and than customer could install something else if don't want sound card.

    ASUS Rampage V Edition 10 is for me perfect motherboard layout.
    With x1 and x4 slots. That's motherboard perfection and I can't calm down 2h after I see her pictures because I wait and wait and she show up much later.

    I don't know how people could use Onboard sound, no matter on quality.
    Difference between medium Realtek and Supreme FX is double better, from SupremeFX to SBZ is again same, from SBZ to SBZxR or Xonar STX II again is far better.
    I had SBZ 4 years, after that I had excllent offer to buy SBZxR for only 120 euro and after I sold mine SBZ she cost me arround 60 euro. After few months I still notice difference even looking youtube, every noise is little different, every. And I could imagine than when someone upgrade from Onboard to 180$ worth card.
    SBZxR keep high price, but Xonar Essence STX II cost same but I saw on discount for 180$ or euro. Anyone who think what to do should invest instantly.
    Special because most of people who think about Sound Card pay 500$+ for GPU and replace for 2-3 years. Sound Card stay until motherboard support connection.
    Even after 10 years difference is not so huge as 2 generation of GPU. Better sound processors with real difference show up rear, on few years.

    It's normal if someone want best processor power, best Graphic, fast SSD and M.2, nice monitor... why is different with sound from PC,
    it's important as anything else.
    Last edited by Vlada011; 05-14-2017 at 02:28 PM.


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    Any card that was capable of running both cards at 16x wont have an issue in the least with adding a sound card.
    FWIW X8 still supersedes the bandwidth required by the GPUs so even if they dropped back to x8 no performance hit.

    A suggestion that I found to be quite lucrative is to ditch the sound card and use the Toslink out or even USB to an external DAC. Plenty on the market from a few hundred to a few thousand and most are audiophile/studio quality with 24 bit 192kHz sampling rate. This dissolves any worries of lane distribution, leaves more room in your case and most importantly of all get you the best possible sound reproduction available.

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