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RIVE PCI-E Lane Sharing?

Bernoulli
Level 7
I'm awaiting parts to build a new PC (first time RIVE builder) and have a question that has probably been asked to some extent but would love to get peace of mind my intent for the setup is accurate.

I've done a bit of research into ideal scenarios for PCI-E card arrangement (including the BIOS, manual, forum posts, etc.) and have posted my intended setup below. Will this limit any of my cards due to lane sharing in combination with my processor?

Rampage IV Extreme with i7 3930K

Starting from the top in slot 1...

1. ASUS GTXTITAN-6GD5 GeForce GTX TITAN 6GB 384-bit GDDR5 (PCI Express 3.0 x16)
2. ASUS ROG RAIDR Express PCI-E 240GB (PCIe 2.0 x 2)
3. EMPTY SLOT
4. OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 series RVD3X2-FHPX4-480G PCI-E 480GB PCI-Express 2.0 x4
5. ASUS Xonar Essence STX Virtual 7.1 Channels (PCI Express x1)
6. Intel 10/100/1000Mbps PCI-E Two Gigabit Copper Server Connections (PCI Express 1.0a [x4 lane PCI Express, operable in x4, x8, x16 slots])

Am I likely to run into any particular issues during this build? I've read mixed reviews on using some of these component cards but feel ready to take on a bit of a challenge if needed.

I appreciate any assistance you all are willing to provide. I look forward to learning more about the RIVE.
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neyuru
Level 10
The reason I got the RIVE was it's huge PCIe slot capability. I don't see any problems with your proposed array, the only card connected x16 will be the video card, but even it cannot fill the entire PCIe 3.0 bandwidth. I have a Noctua NH-D14 cpu cooler which is a monster and is very close to the backplate of the GPU. If you are in a similar configuration, just place a piece of non-conductive material (e.g cardboard) between the two and you'll be fine.

Also, remember to plug the 6-pin EZ-Plug on the motherboard. It is required for a stable input power if the slots are populated with power hungry cards (like a build with quad-SLI) and although only the video card is the only one with 100+W requirement, plugin it in won't cause any trouble.

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Rampage IV Extreme BIOS 4206
Intel I7-3820
32 GB Quad Channel Kingston Hyper X Genesis
2 x Nvidia GTX 690
2 x WD Velociraptor 250 GB RAID0
Intel 120GB 320 SSD
Noctua NH-D14 SE2011
CM Silent Pro Hybrid - 1300W
CM HAFx

Nodens
Level 16
That setup won't cause any issues. Also a small correction: The RAIDR is a x4 card:)
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Gunman
Level 7
I suggest putting the ASUS ROG RAIDR Express into slot 3 instead of slot 2. This will give the Titan extra clearance for cooling.
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Bernoulli
Level 7
Thanks for all the responses! This definitely puts me a in a good mindset to start the build shortly later this evening.

Nodens, are you certain the RAIDR is a x4 card? According to http://www.asus.com/Storage/RAIDR_Express_PCIe_SSD/ it says "PCIe 2.0 x2"

And Gunman, great tip! I thought to put the RAIDR Express in slot 2 because I assumed it might have some better support being one of the ports recommended for a 2-card SLI setup. Even if the RAIDR is x2 or x4, that third port should suffice more than enough regardless.

HiVizMan
Level 40
I think what Nodens is trying to share with you is that folks need to use a x4 lane to get the maximum from the card.
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HiVizMan wrote:
I think what Nodens is trying to share with you is that folks need to use a x4 lane to get the maximum from the card.


Indeed!
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