PCI-Express x1 , will my motherboard be suitable

  erkmatrix 11:18 13 Jan 10
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Hi I'm having problems now with my Creative X-fi sound blaster working on XP 64-bit, it was working fine the other day then I installed a skype IPEVO usb phone and it started to give sound out with skipping sound like someone was turning it on and off then I got this annoying clicking sound every few seconds. I tried doing taking off all software and drivers and uninstalling it and tried to reinstall but still doesn't work.

Decided its time for a new card as I've read heaps of problems with these Creative cards and drivers no working.

My question is my motherboard is a Gigabyte N680iSLI-DQ6-1333fsb-DDR1066x4 SLI (Dual graphics)I had a look inside and it shows PCIe slots but these are bigger than pci slot with a clip on the end. The sound card I was looking at was a Asus Xonar DX which says its PCI-Express x1. Is this something different or would it work on my motherboard

  Quiller. 11:37 13 Jan 10

The Asus Xonar DX will fit into your PCix1 slot.

  Quiller. 11:44 13 Jan 10

The slot to use is the small black one just above the first graphics card x16 slot.

  erkmatrix 13:39 13 Jan 10

Strange forum this, I replied to this about 13:10 and now my reply isn't here.

Anyway yeah I found that slot you mention and unfortunately will be no use as there is a bronze I think its a heat sink to the right of the slot so the card would have to be very small to fit in here and then there's the memory. I appear to only have one of these slots and what a stupid place for it where pretty much nothing would squeeze in.

I'll have to look for a pci or a normal pcie slotted card but its a shame as all the ones from Asus I liked have this slot.

  Quiller. 12:22 15 Jan 10

" what a stupid place for it where pretty much nothing would squeeze in. "

I agree. Why motherboard manufacturers place these expansion slots in the stupid way they do. Putting a slot above a graphics card slot is bonkers. Even a low end graphics card would intrude on the space needed to use the one and only PCIx1 expansion slot.

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