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    Motherboards with more PCI-E slots?

    Has anyone found any motherboard currently on sale or in the pipeline that have at least 2 PCI-E x16 slots plus at least 1 8x slots (or 3-4 x16 slots)?

    It seems 8x is forgotten about and boards currently have 1-2 x16 slots and the rest are all x4....I would like to have the possibility of Crossfire cards but with a raid controller currently occupying 1 of the x16 slots and other devices starting to emerge that could contend for these slots, it seems there is a need for more high-speed PCI-E slots.
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    Supermicro H8DCE? (16+16+4+4) and the 4x are 8x slots with 4x wired

    Thought I doubt you'll be willing to go Dual Opteron given the price and the need of ECC+REG ram.
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    they have x4 to x1 adapters, if they made an x8 to x1 that would be good... it does limit the bandwidth slightly but its still better than pci

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaithis
    Has anyone found any motherboard currently on sale or in the pipeline that have at least 2 PCI-E x16 slots plus at least 1 8x slots (or 3-4 x16 slots)?

    It seems 8x is forgotten about and boards currently have 1-2 x16 slots and the rest are all x4....I would like to have the possibility of Crossfire cards but with a raid controller currently occupying 1 of the x16 slots and other devices starting to emerge that could contend for these slots, it seems there is a need for more high-speed PCI-E slots.
    I've been having the same problem (somewhat), but I don't see a point in a RAID 5 controller that needs PCIe x8 bandwidth on a gaming machine considering the performance overhead involved with RAID 5, so the second PCIe x16 slot suits me ok, there's a few hardware raid controllers that use PCIe x4 (which is much more common on standard boards) that would happily take a stack of disks in RAID0,1,0+1 arrays.
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    Thanks for the input, I guess it just time to play the waiting game

    The reason I use an 8x RAID controller is that it was the only one available at the time and after using it, its so fast I would hate to change it . My system is used for many different things, the RAID is there as I love the resilience as hard drives do die and theres no downtime when that happens
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