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    mixing gfx cards

    could i use a ati 5850 with a MATROX 32MB PCI Express x1 for 4 monitors?

    for 3 24inc dells and a 37inc LCD TV.

    the mobo only has one x16 slot. the others are only x8.

    whould i have problems with this sort of setup when using the desktop? or will it even work?

    i did try to find a cheap ati card but cant find any that will fit in an x8.

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    Re: mixing gfx cards

    I thought any will? it just means bandwidth is limited. Is it like the intel boards where there is literally only half a slot?

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    Re: mixing gfx cards

    Is it like the intel boards where there is literally only half a slot?
    its got 2 x8 and 1 x4

    i have seen some motherboards where they dont have end bits on smaller pcie slots so u can still use full size cards.

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    Re: mixing gfx cards

    But why wouldn't the card fit in the 8x slot? Is it 8x electrical or physical?

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    Re: mixing gfx cards

    Is it 8x electrical or physical?
    its physical the x8 slots are half the size of the x16 and the x4 is the smallest one.

    i have found these

    http://www.lambda-tek.com/components...prodID=B56649#

    http://www.lambda-tek.com/components...prodID=B112890

    http://www.lambda-tek.com/components...prodID=B243584

    http://www.lambda-tek.com/components...prodID=B250353

    i think the last one whould be best as its ati has hdmi and its the cheapist i have found

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    Re: mixing gfx cards

    You say 4x is the smallest... i can only assume that you mean 1x

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    Re: mixing gfx cards

    i can only assume that you mean 1x
    x1 for the smallest yes

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    Re: mixing gfx cards

    In which case save some cash get the cheapest thing possible (not that I have any idea if it would work or not)

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    Re: mixing gfx cards

    In which case save some cash get the cheapest thing possible
    that's what i was thinking

    seems you can get a full size card in there if your nuts and have a jigsaw

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    Re: mixing gfx cards

    nuts [and stupid]

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