Looking at options now. I was planning on putting in an AM4/AM5 consumer board with a Ryzen processor but I am quickly finding out all modern boards have no x8 slots anymore.
I need an x8 slot for my HBA, an x16 for GPU and x4 for NIC. PCIe 3.0 or higher. Does this exist or am I doomed to get a Threadripper or Epyc? Meaning I need a second GPU for Plex since there’s no iGPU.
My X670e Aorus Master has 3 x16 slots and im pretty sure the middle one is wired for x8 5.0…
EDIT: I was wrong, its 1 x16 5.0 off the cpu, 1 x4 4.0 off the chipset and 1 x2 3.0 off the chipset
EDIT EDIT: You can get AMD CPUs with built in graphics, any am4 cpu with a G in it has graphics, and every am5 cpu should have graphics
I will be also looking for my own Motherboard and Processor but I have been keeping and eye out to see if there are any cool motherboard more in the workstation class of hardware that has some sort of IPMI. ASUS used to make a few different ones.
mother board companies now mostly hide them on consumer stuff, because intel stuff is so limited for pci-e lanes and thus slots, so they keep them hidden on AMD consumer stuff not to raise questions from intel users, that say why do they get pci-e lanes documented in big print, and we usually have to go to the manuals to get full details.