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Nvidia GTX 670: Is this thing going to snap my Pci-e slot off my mobo or what?

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April 12, 2013 3:47:23 AM

I recently upgraded my Motherboard and GPU to the Gigabyte GA 990FXA-UD3 and Nvidia Gigabyte GTX 670 respectively.

The GPU is kind of a behemoth as compared to my Motherboard (Runs three fans) and juts a quarter inch out past my SATA connectors. I have a bench setup right now and conveniently the three bracket slots (Technically a 2 and 1/4 slot card) are flush with the piece of wood I mounted it on, but I'm a little leery about mounting it horizontally when my case comes in.

So my question is this: Do I have anything to worry about in terms of my motherboard and Pci-e slot supporting it, or is it simple paranoia because it feels like you could hammer nails through a 2x4 with it? I've heard of GPU support brackets but never anything more than DIY projects. So, any issues I should be concerned about when the time comes?
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April 12, 2013 3:56:53 AM

no harm in taking weight off your board by setting up a diy support. i've done it before. i'll do it again. how you do it is up to you, but I've found dental floss works great.
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April 12, 2013 4:03:56 AM

Most of the weight is held by your case's PCI slot brackets - your motherboard will be fine.

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April 12, 2013 4:09:55 AM

Someone Somewhere said:
Most of the weight is held by your case's PCI slot brackets - your motherboard will be fine.



have you seen the permanent bending or warping that develops in mb/gpu even with the support of the slot brackets? no thank you. I'd rather take some weight off the whole thing then subject my mb/gpu to that.
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April 12, 2013 4:54:14 AM

ingtar33 said:
no harm in taking weight off your board by setting up a diy support. i've done it before. i'll do it again. how you do it is up to you, but I've found dental floss works great.


Hmm..Suspension. Hadn't thought of that. sure beats the crap out of the time it takes to cut a support to lift it. Good idea!
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April 12, 2013 4:56:47 AM

Its fine. I have two and Gigabytes aren't as heavy as any DCII coolers. I would only worry about weight when the card's PCB flexes, thats a worse issue. I would really only worry about three slot coolers like DCII ones breaking motherboards.

Is your card a 2 1/4 slot card? Both of mine are just under two slots...
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April 12, 2013 4:59:10 AM

ingtar33 said:
Someone Somewhere said:
Most of the weight is held by your case's PCI slot brackets - your motherboard will be fine.



have you seen the permanent bending or warping that develops in mb/gpu even with the support of the slot brackets? no thank you. I'd rather take some weight off the whole thing then subject my mb/gpu to that.


Yeah I'd agree with that, my previous card was a 560 Ti, much smaller but still warped 1/2' or more. There's still three brackets to screw into my case with, but considering my previous card (and the considerable price tag with the new one, ill probably rig something simple up. Better the headache of creating a cheap support than the unlikely but painful scenarios. Thanks for the help.
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April 12, 2013 5:05:55 AM

JJ1217 said:
Its fine. I have two and Gigabytes aren't as heavy as any DCII coolers. I would only worry about weight when the card's PCB flexes, thats a worse issue. I would really only worry about three slot coolers like DCII ones breaking motherboards.

Is your card a 2 1/4 slot card? Both of mine are just under two slots...

The plastic housing for the fans just comes in at 2 slots, but the bevels on the fan assembly push it past 2, and it takes up 3 slots on my case. Not sure, but it might be because its an OC'ed model, 4GB and all.

What they hey though for an extra slot on the casein exchange for 2 extra gig it's that much longer till SLI starts to sound appealing lol
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April 12, 2013 5:10:00 AM

SlapHappyPappy said:
JJ1217 said:
Its fine. I have two and Gigabytes aren't as heavy as any DCII coolers. I would only worry about weight when the card's PCB flexes, thats a worse issue. I would really only worry about three slot coolers like DCII ones breaking motherboards.

Is your card a 2 1/4 slot card? Both of mine are just under two slots...

The plastic housing for the fans just comes in at 2 slots, but the bevels on the fan assembly push it past 2, and it takes up 3 slots on my case. Not sure, but it might be because its an OC'ed model, 4GB and all.

What they hey though for an extra slot on the casein exchange for 2 extra gig it's that much longer till SLI starts to sound appealing lol


Ah interesting looks like your right. The 4GB model has a slightly chunkier cooler than the 2GB version. Well you learn something new every day.

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April 19, 2013 3:01:04 PM

I have a GTX670 DC2T and my card sags by about 5mms. I have been looking around for a solution as it makes me nervous lol I am most likely going to go with a plastic or metal rods to help support it. I have dental floss in the meant time though :D 
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April 19, 2013 8:25:18 PM

ShadowProject said:
I have a GTX670 DC2T and my card sags by about 5mms. I have been looking around for a solution as it makes me nervous lol I am most likely going to go with a plastic or metal rods to help support it. I have dental floss in the meant time though :D 


haha! that's the spirit.

You'd love how my cpu cooler is set up atm. It came without a fan, or brackets (it was free), so i hung with dental floss a case fan from the bottom, and used little "feet" made out of thin foam to place another fan "resting" on the top, in a push-pull. no vibration noise, this is the most dead silent cpu cooler i've ever had... and it's pretty effective too... moves the hot air out of the case so efficiently it heats up the metal mesh over the cpu to temps too hot to touch (while the inside of the case is basically room temp)

super cpu cooling setup, on the cheap, DIY in 5 minutes... dental floss really works well.
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April 19, 2013 8:37:29 PM

Have you guys ever checked out the cooler master haf xb case? I picked one up not long ago. Nice little squat thing and leaves a ton of room for almost any size of video card as the psu/hard drives/optical bays are completely partitioned away with the mobo on top. Only downside is that you only get 2 hot swap 3.5 bays but i use mostly 2.5 in any case. No worries about potential bending of the motherboard since it sits flat.
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April 19, 2013 8:38:04 PM

Oh and lest I not forget its pretty cheap. I got mine for 80$ CDN.
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