- Jan 8, 2011
So you can have a sound card and an X16 GPU at the same time? I think 16 lanes is unforgivable and results in platform death. I won't buy it. What if someone wants something over the top, such as (gasp) a sound card AND an M.2 SSD?! Whoa, now what? Don't they load those boards with all kinds of M.2 slots and a ton of PCI-E slots? Why? You can't use them, lol. Not with 16 lanes. What a pile of suck.There isn't any confusion. 16 PCIE lanes from CPU. 24 from Z70 chipset, or PCH. CPU-PCH is linked by DMI 3.0, equivalent to PCIE 3.0 x4. All the same as before.
I've said the following about sound card: You put the sound card in a slot that uses lanes from PCH. You want to gobble 8 lanes for a sound card that only needs a few MB/s?