GAP35DS4 and 2nd PCI Slot

jaydub868

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According to the manual for the Gigabyte GAP35DS4 motherboard:

"When the second PCI Express x16 slot is in use, the three PCI Express x1 slots become unavailable".

I've gotten advice on this forum that if I populate the second PCI Express x16 slot with a 1x card (e.g. capture card, network card, tuner card etc.), that the other PCI Express 1x slots will still be available. I was hoping to populate all four PCIE slots (other than the primary 16x video card slot) for 1x cards.

However, I e-mailed Gigabyte support with this hypothetical, but they say that the manual is correct, period. Card in 2nd x16 slot, all PCI Express slots die, regardless of the type of card inserted.

So, whose correct?
 

g-paw

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Are you going to be using the 2nd slot? You'd probably be better off putting your money into a higher level card rather than 2 lower level, unless you're using 2 high level cards