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Using PCI E 1x sound card in PCI E 4x slot?

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I am trying to figure if the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional (PCI E 1x) sound card will work in PCI E 4x slot. On Gigabyte X58 UD5, the 1x slot is blocked by the NB so longer card cannot fit in there. I wonder if there will be any driver issues or sound issues if it is used in a 4x slot. Anyone has tried this before?
 

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As far as I know pciex1 will work in pciex1+pciex4+pciex16 slots. I'm currently running my x-fi card in a pciex16 slot since the top slot has the NB heat sink in the way just like yours :x When I need that pciex16 slot I will consider getting a riser "card" to increase the base height of my soundcard so that it has enough clearance to fit in the top slot.
 
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yes it will work in any PCI-E slot fine ;)
 

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so long as it physically fits, it will work.

PCI-E was designed with this kind of thing in mind.
 

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As everyone else has said, it will work. If it was designed for PCI-E x1, it will work in X1, X2, X4, X8, and X16. If you are willing to mod the slot or the card, you can even put a graphics card in an X1 or X4 slot (although it will be slower due to reduced bandwidth)
 
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