I will eventually be wanting to run three 23" monitors off of a graphics card. If I had to run it off PCIe x8 instead of PCIe x16, would it still be able to do the job? It wouldn't be used for gaming but I would run a movie on one monitor once in a while while web surfing and/or running MS Office on the other two.
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From what I've read there is only a marginal difference in actual perceived performance between x8 and x16 bus cards so unless you are doing high-end gaming you shouldn't have a problem - there's an oldish article giving more information HERE
To give you more choice in cards you can also get adapters that allow you to plug x16 cards into x8 slots, though they will only run at the lower speed, just Google 'x8 x16 adapters' to find them in your location.
The slot I was referring would actually be a x16 slot that would be dropped to x8 speed if I occupied a second x16 slot so a physical adapter wouldn't be needed (I didn't even know they existed). Thanks for the link to the "oldish" article (funny how only two or three years is so old when dealing with computers); that told me what I needed to know.
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