Windows 10: Slot differences on ASUSTeK M5A99X EVO R2.0 (Socket 942) Solved


  1. Posts : 117
    Win 10 Pro 64bit - Build
       22 Nov 2017 #1

    Slot differences on ASUSTeK M5A99X EVO R2.0 (Socket 942)


    I have a 2047MB NVIDIA GeForce GT 740 (EVGA) card that is plugged into a grey/ivory slot on my board. There is also an identical looking blue slot at the top of the board slots. Does it make any difference which slot I use for the card...it takes up 2 slots (space wise) so I would prefer to insert it in the top slot.

    Does it matter to the card/system whether the slot is ivory or blue ?

    Thanks.....TiminAz
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    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, WinXP Home Premium, Linux Mint
       22 Nov 2017 #2

    What I see about the motherboard at https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon....1ALhz+3xyS.pdf is that you have 3 PCIe X16 slots for video cards. I'd use the one closest to the CPU [#1] for a single card, the other 2 for additional monitors.
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    Windows 10
       22 Nov 2017 #3

    I would move your existing Card down one slot, and use the Upper Blue slot, however I would check on the height of that green heat sink, it might get in the way of some Graphics Cards.
    In which case the white one.

    Does not really matter which one of the two.
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  4.    22 Nov 2017 #4

    This may help......

    PCIe Versions: 3.0 vs 2.0 vs 1.0

    Any number after PCIe that you find on a product or motherboard is indicating the latest version number of the PCI Express specification that's supported.
    Here's how the various versions of PCI Express compare:

    • PCI Express 1.0: 2 Gbit/s per lane (32 Gbit/s in an x16 slot)
    • PCI Express 2.0: 4 Gbit/s per lane (64 Gbit/s in an x16 slot)
    • PCI Express 3.0: 7.877 Gbit/s per lane (126.032 Gbit/s in an x16 slot


    reference link: What is PCI Express? (Definition of PCIe/PCI-E)
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  5.    22 Nov 2017 #5

    According to your mobo both the blue and the tan slots are PCIe x 16 2.0....so it really doesn't matter which one you use.

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  6.    23 Nov 2017 #6

    You can pretty much put in in any X16 slot and you won't feel the performance difference. Unless you are using a more powerful card (Say, a GTX 1070).
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    Win 10 Pro 64bit - Build
    Thread Starter
       25 Nov 2017 #7

    Thanks guys for all the input...moved the card (which I didn't mention is a dual monitor card) and all is fine...not a gamer or video user so I don't see so far any noticeable difference - other than opening up more available MB slots - Only thing I'v noticed is bios start up (screens) has much smaller text displayed....when Windows starts tho....don't see any difference
    Thanks again for all the help...
    TininAz
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  •    25 Nov 2017 #8

    which I didn't mention is a dual monitor card
    Not sure what you mean by that. Never heard of a dual monitor card.....dual slot yes. At least your happy.
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    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, WinXP Home Premium, Linux Mint
       25 Nov 2017 #9

    Plankton said: View Post
    Not sure what you mean by that. Never heard of a dual monitor card.....dual slot yes. At least your happy.
    Maybe it is meant that the card has both a VGA and a DVI port or maybe 2 DVI ports.
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    Win 10 Pro 64bit - Build
    Thread Starter
       26 Nov 2017 #10

    Actually...it has a DVI-D, HDMI, and a VGA port....I'm only using the DVI-D & HDMI ports....

    It seems about an inch or so thick...so it doesn't use 2 slots...but does cover/take up 2 slots when installed...

    TiminAz
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