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Intel I7 2600 PCI support


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#1 frank meenz

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 09:36 AM

Hi,

I am looking into purchasing an I7 2600 for the MCI board I have spec'd

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7325818&Sku=M452-6206

the board has 3 classic PCI slots which is needed for 2 Audio Cards and an Audio effects card.

The board is great, however in the description for the processor found here

http://ark.intel.com/products/52213

in the Expansion Options section, it says # of PCI Express Ports = 1.

Does this mean that I would only have support for only 1 PCI express port? I cant see this as being the situation, but I just need to understand what Im reading before I buy.

Any input would be appreciated!!

Thanks!

Edited by frank meenz, 15 August 2011 - 09:36 AM.


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Posted 15 August 2011 - 10:34 AM

Does this mean that I would only have support for only 1 PCI express port?

No, don't confuse a port with a slot. The PCIe port provides a certain number of data lanes, which the PCIe slots and other devices can access.

Scroll the CPU specification page down to the Block Diagram, where you'll see the i7-2600 CPU has an integrated PCIe port (which has 16 lanes), but the Platform Controller Hub (P67 on that board) also has a PCIe port, which in this case has 8 lanes. So altogether there are 24 lanes - the PCIe slots use 19 (1x16 slot, 3x1 slots) leaving 5 for the onboard devices.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 10:49 AM

ahhh that makes sense.

many thanks for the info!




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