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  1.    2 Weeks Ago #1

    Need to identify correct pci express socket

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ID:	104417Have a Gigabyte f2a88xm motherboard with a Geforce GTX650TI Boost fitted.

    now want to fit a sound card and am looking at a
    Creative Sound Blaster Audigy PCIe RX 7.1 Sound Card with High Performance Headphone Amp

    however I understand this is a pci Express 1.0 card and trying to work out if this is the very short socket under my graphic card, if so rather I assume it can't be used.....if this is the case is there a similar sound card for a different socket ?
    Last edited by reddwarf4ever; 2 Weeks Ago at 15:50.
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  2.    2 Weeks Ago #2
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    As far as I can tell it is made to work in the Short 1.0 socket , but if you are not using SLI then it should also work in PCIex16_2 if it is free , but the 2 pics above do not appear to be of the same MB ...which one do you have?


    this soundcard correct ?

    Sound Blaster Audigy Rx - Sound Blaster - Creative Labs (United States)
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  3.    2 Weeks Ago #3

    What is SLI ?

    The motherboard is a
    GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket FM2+ - GA-F2A88XM-D3H (rev. 3.0)

    Sound card is

    Creative Sound Blaster Audigy PCIe RX 7.1 Sound Card with High Performance Headphone Amp

    Creative Sound Blaster Audigy PCIe RX 7.1 Sound Card with High Performance Headphone Amp: Computers Accessories

    thought if the sound card said pci Express it only fitted in a certain size socket 1 / 16 etc......not familiar with motherboard sockets, which doesn't help

    graphic card fitted is
    EVGA 02G-P4-3658-KR GeForce GTX 650Ti Boost Superclocked Nvidia Graphics Card (2GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 3.0, 192-Bit)

    EVGA 02G-P4-3658-KR GeForce GTX 650Ti Boost Superclocked Nvidia Graphics Card (2GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 3.0, 192-Bit): Computers Accessories
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  4.    2 Weeks Ago #4
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    Sorry AMD MB so SLI is called CrossFire , it is where you link two videocards for improved performance.

    there are 4 types of PCIE slots and generally you can put shorter cards in longer slots if needed , more info

    Everything You Need to Know About the PCI Express - Page 4 of 5 - Hardware Secrets

    I would do a bit more research before putting down your hard earned $$$ , the Drivers have not been updated for Win10 since January , and that was only because it wouldn't install on 32bit Windows. , there is also a post on AmazonUK you linked.......... below.....mentioning Drivers too...... though it sounds good apparently once working.

    it looks great and also sounds great....Once you get it working that is, if you have a Windows 10 based PC then I'd advise you to look up some forums for support advice on this before purchasing it or to go with another brand with better driver support (Personally I would recommend ASUS from experience). But despite my initial negativity once setup the sound you get from this can't be compared to any On-Board solution I've experienced, it is simply incredible, I have mine connected to my Sony Surround Sound System (1000 Watts) and I get no distortion like I used to from my ASUS motherboards In-Built Audio solution at the highest volume levels. In conclusion if you want a great sound card this is one of them, just make sure to do some research first on driver support for your operating system.

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  5.    2 Weeks Ago #5


    so I can use this card in one of the other pci Express slots .?

    so if I use the pci Express slot on the left side, near the two USB sockets then it looks like the sound card will still present the audio ports at the case side as it would have done with the X1 slot .....does that make sense ?

    the video card is I think in a X 16 slot !!

    ps the Amazon reviewers comments are a bit old , I think.....checked the website and Windows 10 32 & 64 bit drivers are there.....will check elsewhere for reviews as suggested....but does look good, there is a cheaper version....
    Creative Blaster Audigy Fx 5.1 PCIe Sound Card with SBX Pro Studio: Computers Accessories

    which is 5.1 instead of 7.1......not sure if for gaming it would be as good ?

    the link you gave me to pci Express slots was very interesting....thank my graphic card is in a pci Express 16 slot, hope it uses all 16, if available.....not just 8
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  6.    2 Weeks Ago #6
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    All 3 PCIE slots are the same distant from the IO Plane (back of Computer where usb ports are etc)

    AFAIK know the 1st part of all PCIE slots is the same, short like the Soundcard pcie1.0) or long like a GFX Card (Pciex16) which has to be longer for extra power requirements and Data Lanes etc.

    oops let me re-read above you edited it....

    Yes there are Drivers but as I said not updated since Jan. 2016

    it is not a new Soundcard ..... but should be fine once setup , Creative just hasn't been known for years to be timely with Driver Updates is all.
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  7.    2 Weeks Ago #7

    Sorry seems you replied during my editing......also deleted the incorrect Mobo schematic

    thank you so much I have learnt a lot today, thanks to you.
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  8.    2 Weeks Ago #8
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    The Cheaper Card uses a Realtek ALC 889 Chip as Far as I know/saw , not a Creative EMU one. So the quality might not be there , it is what is in my 5yr old Gigabyte Motherboard.

    Is the onboard Chip on yours dead or no good?

    GPUz will give you more info on your GFX Card and about the PCie Version etc.

    GPU-Z Video card GPU Information Utility
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  9.    2 Weeks Ago #9

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  10.    2 Weeks Ago #10
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    Stop that !!!! editted above....
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