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Posted · Original PosterOP

Heya lovely folks,

I need a bit of help finding a motherboard. I want to know if there were any M-ATX Z97 motherboards made that were capable of distributing the PCIe lanes in a x8-x4-x4 configuration among PCIe slots OR had a PLX chip that allowed them to allocate minimum 8-4-2 bandwith to their three PCIe slots.

There were plenty of full ATX motherboards that could do this. The MSI Z97 Gaming 5, for example, was capable of x8-x4-x4 without a PLX chip (cause there's 16 PCIe lanes from the CPU); but I'd like to know if there were any similar motherboards in an M-ATX form factor.
Love to see if anyone can find me an answer.

Cheers :)

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I think you'd have more of a problem finding said Z97 board, than a board with those features. They're getting pretty old at this point.


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CPU: Intel i5 4690k Cooler: Corsair H100i V2 Motherboard: MSI Z97i AC ITX

RAM: Crucial Ballistix 16GB DDR3 Storage: Kingston Fury 240GB GPU: Asus Strix GTX 970

PSU: Thermaltake TR2 Case: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX

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Matx is gonna be the biggest factor. 
Assuming the cards will be single slot, might be able to get away with it. 

ASUS Maximus vii gene perhaps. 

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