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Windows 7: Running at x8

16 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 
Running at x8

I'm looking at getting a Radeon 5850. I have 2 x16 slots but 1 of them has a SATA 6/USB 3 card in it so the slots now have a max of x8. Will I lose much performance with this card running at only x8? I can't move the SATA card or my SSD won't perform at it's best.


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16 Oct 2010   #2

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

...and the SATA card has to have the 16x lane to work right?
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16 Oct 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Correct
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16 Oct 2010   #4

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Well they both only work at 8x if you SLI or Crossfire.

The slots are independent otherwise. You cut the performance way down using the 5850 in the 8x lane.
Might only get 50-60% of performance. Could be 70%.
If the SATA would go in the 8x you would be okay otherwise it- fill in the blank.

Looked up your mobo. I don't see a way around it.
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16 Oct 2010   #5

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I think the consensus is you'll lose approx. 5 - 10% performance going from x16 to x8. This seems to be what's expected for the SATA card as well.

Found this:

Conclusion : PCI Express And SLI Scaling: How Many Lanes Do You Need?

A Guy
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16 Oct 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

From what I've read it seems the drop would be very minimal (2-5%) but I wanted to check here to see what others say.
Hopalong...as I said, both slots are x16 but cut down to x8 when both are used.

Thanks guys.
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16 Oct 2010   #7

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Okay.
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17 Oct 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

well you can do a benchmark with the gpu on x16 and x8 and see how much the difference is "exactly"
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18 Oct 2010   #9

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

My understanding of using the 8x bandwidth you should really only see a minimal drop in performance in highly demanding graphics games. In most circumstances fully saturating the 8x bandwidth just doesn't happen.
Then that was a few years ago before games like Crysis, Batman Arkyum Asylum, or any newer DX10 or 11 games.
I still wouldn't expect you should see any major loss of performance in most games/programs.
Fabe
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18 Oct 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Yeah..that's my understanding too. Thanks fabe!
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