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Moving Graphics card to new slot??

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#1 h2oman2000


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Posted 25 November 2009 - 04:26 PM

I going to install a new network card in my Dell XPS700 but the only open PCI slot is covered by my graphics card. I do have an open PCI-e slot that can fit the graphics card. If I change slot for the Graphics card will this cause me any problems?

Here is my current config:

* OS Windows Vista Ultimate Service Pack 2
* CPU Intel Core 2 CPU 6400 @ 2.13GHz
* North Bridge NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition Revision C1
* South Bridge NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI Revision C1
* Ram 4 GB
* Display Adapter NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GTX 512 MBytes

Thanks in advance


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#2 the_patriot11


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Posted 26 November 2009 - 01:43 AM

doubt you can damage it, however, depending on your motherboard you may bottleneck it. Some SLI systems only have the top PCI_E slot running at the full 16x, while the bottom one will only run at 8x they do this, because in a typical SLI setup, both will run at only 8x, so theres no point in making the bottom one run the full speed, so they just leave the top at full speed for single card solutions, but run the bottom fast enough for a base SLI setup. Some boards have both running at 16x, (even SLI at 16x) I cannot find anything on that system that tells me one way or the other, however. Your video card will work in either PCI_E 16 slot, its just the bottom one may run a slightly slower speed.



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Posted 26 November 2009 - 03:39 AM

Actually it could cause problem if your motherboard is set up to use the Primary PCI-E slot when only one slot is populated. You will have to find the motherboard documentation, log into dells support site and use your Service ID tag number. Or you could just try it and see if it works, it won't damage your card you just won't have any video if it doesn't work.
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