Questions I Get Asked Often # 1

Answers to Questions Already Answered

Steve Smith answers frequently asked questions in this episode related to the mainboard, devices onboard, and other devices that connect to it.

Episode #5-29 released on April 6, 2015

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For nearly 5 years I have been doing episodes, and the reason why I started this show was to help people find solutions to common technology issues, but also, to stop repeating myself. I send people to my own web-site to listen to the solution. However, I get plenty of emails and comments to this day for questions, I have already answered. And, usually, on that specific page.

PCIe Generational Compatibility

A lot of people are confused about PCIe Generational and Lane capability. Having a choice been mainboards, and add on cards with PCIe generation 1, 2 and 3 makes the chances of having to mix and match likely. The fact that we, also, many different possible lane which includes x1, x4, x8, x12, x16, and x32. Most consumer boards will have several x1 lanes, an x8 and an x16 lane. Some may include an x4 lane, as well.

SLi Configurations

When it comes to Nvidia SLi configurations, the key parts are the processor and the mainboard. Your mainboard must be certified by Nvidia for Sli support. Intel Processor type Z97 mainboards and similar AMD mainboards typically have 16 lanes available from the processor. Nvidia requires a minimum of 8 lanes per card. This is why, for the most part, Nvidia SLi beyond two graphics cards is restricted to X99 boards. X99 boards support processors with more than 16 lanes, allowing for 3-way and 4-way Sli configurations. Now, for anyone who wants to have a 4 way GPU configuration, but don't want the expense of an X99 board. You can go with AMD Radeon Crosssfire configurations.

Mainboard Overclocking

Normally directed at Intel boards, most Intel boards can be overclocked. However, as any serious over-clocker would know. Z97 and X99 boards both offer more control over the overclock settings. Just keep in mind, you'll need a good fan, power supply, and some luck. Feel free to ask the experts on overclocking web-sites for help.

Thermal Paste

I get a lot of emails about thermal paste. Normally, the computer owner cleans there pc because it either makes noise, or shuts down because of heat. This is good, cleaning a computer will make it easier to breathe. Some even clean the heat sink for the CPU. The issue comes when the thermal paste is disturbed, or even removed. Air, which is a great thermal insulator, prevents the heat transfer from the CPU to the heat sink. Once the CPU gets hot enough, it throttles slowing down the computer, it eventually shuts down to prevent damage to the CPU. By this point I get emails from those of you who watch the show. There is only one solution, buy thermal paste, apply it, and you'll be fine.

Next time, you have a question, just ask, your question might just get featured on this show.

Host : Steve Smith | Music : Jonny Lee Hart | Editor : Steve Smith | Producer : Zed Axis Productions

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