Question What is this spare slot ?

simmyx

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Mobo is
GA-F2A78M-HD2

  • Expansion Slots
    1. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16
    2. (The PCI Express x16 slot conforms to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)
      * To support PCI Express 3.0, you must install an FM2+ APU.
    3. 1 x PCI Express x1 slot
    4. (The PCI Express x1 slot conforms to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
    5. 1 x PCI slot
What is the spare slot underneath the GPU for ? I heard it's a PCI Slot, what is this used for ?
 
Lots of things it could be used for. WiFi card, Soundcard, Additional USB card to name a few.
It still provides all the bandwidth needed for those peripherals and even gigabit LAN cards. It's also easy to find PCI add-in cards at Newegg and Microcenter . I think the only real reason they aren't included in mainstream motherboards today is it requires bridging circuitry to feed it. Anything to bring down cost.
 
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