I hope this question is not too inappropriate for your forums, and thank in advance for all replies.

On some of the boards with the newer X38 intel chipsets they have 2 pci-e 16x slots that do Not go through the shouthbridge - but are attatched directly to the northbridge as far as I can tell.

I was wondering if I could use one of those 16x slots for a 1x firewire card, while using the other 16x slot for a 16x middle-end video card. I am not interested in high end graphics, but need this to be a powerfull audio workstation. An exteral 18 in/20 out audio card will run over the firewire. I want to bypass having to go through the southbridge for audio, and use one of these 16x slots linked straight to the northbridge for audio. Do you know if this is possible?

Onboard firewire controllers tend to link to the PCI bus, and all PCI bus bandwidth on this machine will be taken up by DSP chips plugged into PCI slots.

Anyway, from what I have seen these 16x direct-to-northbridge pci-e slots seem to be only talked about only as slots for video cards, not ever for other types of I/O.

Thanks much in advance for all help.