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Old 12-18-2016, 12:50 PM   #13
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Re: Z97-ws

Originally Posted by JimTram View Post
When the time comes I'll jam the Angelbird into a 3.0x16 slot and see what happens. If the GTX 970 runs at 8x, I'll just get a 1070.
The Z97-WS is the best. It has four long 16X PCIe slots and they all can do PCIe 3.0. You may just have to disable the M.2 slot you won't be using but you should be able to run the video card at 16X 3.0 and the SSD at 4X 3.0.

The mainstream CPU only has 28 lanes so you can see the video card and SSD take up 20 of those. That leaves 8 lanes for everything else. Even on a 40 lane CPU like mine I do not have an excess of lanes and have to disable certain things in order to get the ports I want at 3.0.

You can configure/disable ports in BIOS and you will be able to determine if you video card is running at 16X 3.0 (GPU-Z) and if your 960 Pro is running at 4X 3.0 (Samsung Magician).
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