Will GPU work in PCIe x8?

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Will GPU work in PCIe x8?

PostThu Mar 28, 2019 3:24 pm


I am currently setting up a new setup for vMix video steaming.

I've come over some used hardware I can buy, but want to verify that it should work.

CPU is: i7 7700
GPU is: Asus Strix 1070 8 Gb
Motherboard is: Asus Prime z270-a

However, when I look at the specs for the motherboard it is the following PCIe interface:

2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8)
1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (max at x4 mode)
4 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x1

The GPU requires PCIe x16, and would normally be in slot 1

The DeckLink requires PCIe x8, and can be placed in slot 2.

What I am afraid of now is that the motherboard will degrade the slot for the GPU to be only x8 when I connect the DeckLink and will then create a great bottleneck in my system by not having the bandwidth to fully use the GPU. Has anyone any experiences with any similar situation?

However, does this seem to be a fitting spec for my application, which is to record two cameras over HDMI and stream it in HD res?

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Re: Will GPU work in PCIe x8?

PostFri Mar 29, 2019 10:50 pm

It will work, in that there won't be any problem with running the computer. Whether the performance hit will be too much is something dependent on your exact application and needs.
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