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MSI Big Bang Mpower Z77 and fitting a sound card into the PCIe 1x slot

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December 1, 2013 8:41:55 AM

I have an MSI Big Bang Mpower Z77 motherboard along with two GeForce GTX 680 MSI Lightning cards in SLI.

I was wondering if there is enough room to fit a soundblaster Z sound card into the PCIe 1x slot at the very top of the motherboard. The MSI Lightning GTX680 has a metal backplate to support the card's massive size and weight. Might this obstruct putting in a sound card?
a c 1163 V Motherboard
December 1, 2013 8:48:11 AM

It should work since the Sound card is only single slot.
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December 1, 2013 9:06:11 AM

rolli59 said:
It should work since the Sound card is only single slot.


But the metal backplate on my graphics card takes up a lot of space and could obstruct the soundcard.
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a c 1163 V Motherboard
December 1, 2013 5:41:47 PM

You have a link?
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a c 1163 V Motherboard
December 2, 2013 9:29:14 AM

Maybe issue maybe not most likely not because looking at the pictures on newegg it is not as thick as the slot bracket. Pretty much $20 more for the same features though.
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December 2, 2013 4:54:14 PM

rolli59 said:
Maybe issue maybe not most likely not because looking at the pictures on newegg it is not as thick as the slot bracket. Pretty much $20 more for the same features though.


What does an EMI shield do, exactly?
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a c 1163 V Motherboard
December 2, 2013 5:29:17 PM

electromagnetic interference shielding. I do not think it is needed but you never know when close to another card or electric device!
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December 3, 2013 9:43:18 AM

rolli59 said:
electromagnetic interference shielding. I do not think it is needed but you never know when close to another card or electric device!


So you are pretty sure that the card will fit next to my massive GTX 680 MSI Lightning?
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a c 1163 V Motherboard
December 3, 2013 12:20:34 PM

I am almost Positive and personally would take the chance but with the cheaper card.
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December 17, 2013 7:49:59 AM

ambam said:
rolli59 said:
It should work since the Sound card is only single slot.


But the metal backplate on my graphics card takes up a lot of space and could obstruct the soundcard.


According to specs, the Soundblaster Z is 5.4" x 5" x 0.9". I'm going to assume based off the pictures that it is 5" from the PCIe mounting bracket to the end of the soundcard.

All you need to do is measure from the PCIe bracket of your GPU to the blue GPU Reactor on the back of the card. I would have measured this for you but I sold my Lightnings a few months back.

My gut feeling says that the Soundblaster Z will not fit unless you pop the GPU Reactor off (which you can do easily and will not affect the cards performance whatsoever).

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December 20, 2013 8:09:34 PM

bo_punk said:
ambam said:
rolli59 said:
It should work since the Sound card is only single slot.


But the metal backplate on my graphics card takes up a lot of space and could obstruct the soundcard.


According to specs, the Soundblaster Z is 5.4" x 5" x 0.9". I'm going to assume based off the pictures that it is 5" from the PCIe mounting bracket to the end of the soundcard.

All you need to do is measure from the PCIe bracket of your GPU to the blue GPU Reactor on the back of the card. I would have measured this for you but I sold my Lightnings a few months back.

My gut feeling says that the Soundblaster Z will not fit unless you pop the GPU Reactor off (which you can do easily and will not affect the cards performance whatsoever).



Will the extra thickness of the metal backplate on the Lightning card obstruct the soundcard?
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