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SOLVED Asus Z170-WS GPU in Slot 4?

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Mayonati

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Oct 31, 2008
I'm currently building a system which has an Asus Z170-WS motherboard and I'm using the Noctua NH-U14S air cooler.

Unfortunately the cooler and fans obscures the first PCIE slot, making it impossible to add my graphics card in there. The motherboard has four PCIE slots which are all apparently rated at x16, as well as a x4 slot. Going top to bottom on the board we have:

Slot 1 (PCIE x16)
Slot 2 (PCIE x16)
Slot 3 (PCIE x4)
Slot 4 (PCIE x16)
Slot 5 (PCIE x16)

The motherboard manual shows a chart which lists each slot number and whether it's for a single VGA, SLI, 2-Way SLI or 4-way SLI. Here's a pic:
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Since it's impossible for me to add the graphics card to slot 1, would I be able to put the card in another slot (I assume slot 4, since that's the next one labelled at x16) and have it run at full speed? Or is this simply impossible when not using slot 1?

I've googled around but not found any answers. Thanks!
 

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ATMINSIDE

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Jun 28, 2012
Yes, it will run at x16 in any of the fully soldered slots (1 and 4). Slots 2 and 5 are only capable of x8.
 

ATMINSIDE

Sim Racing Aficionado Co-Owner
Joined
Jun 28, 2012
You're welcome!
If you need to know anything else about the board, please let me know, I have a fair amount of experience with it from writing the review on our front page :)
 
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Mayonati

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Oct 31, 2008
You're welcome!
If you need to know anything else about the board, please let me know, I have a fair amount of experience with it from writing the review on our front page :)

Thanks! It's a bit specific (Intel 750 on this board) but I've been having a lot of troubles getting it up and running, I put a thread Here if there's any chance you have any ideas - I'm all out of them! Thanks again :)