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Question about spacing on the Maximus 6 Hero in 2 way sli

Hello i am concerned about this i recently bought a maximus 6 Hero Motherboard. The reason why i am concerned is i plan on doing 2 way SLI and i just realised if i wanted to get a dedicated sound card would i have enough room for it when i do 2 way SLI?

yes i know the maximus 6 hero comes with a on board sound card but if i wanted in the future to get a sound card i would like to know that it will fit when i do my 2 way SLI

http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/LGA1150/MAXIMUS-VI-HERO/E8181_Maximus_V_Hero.pdf
Manual so you can see spacing
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131989
pictures of motherboard from newegg


Thank you in advanced for any help and information its much appreciated!
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  1. You can put an PCIE X1 sound card on the top, below the first PCIE 3.0 X16 and the PCIE 2.0 X16 (black)I do have the same motherboard as yours hope this helps.
  2. sweenytodd said:
    You can put an PCIE X1 sound card on the top, below the first PCIE 3.0 X16 and the PCIE 2.0 X16 (black)I do have the same motherboard as yours hope this helps.


    Do you do 2 way sli? and i was asking if there would be enough room when i am doing 2 way SLI on the maximus 6 Hero if i wanted to add a dedicated sound card

    Will the spacing be too thin to add a sound card will it cause problems with heating on gpus / sound card just wondering about this

    Also when i do 2 way SLI + sound card the GPU's will still stay x8x8 in pcie 3.0 and the sound card will be x1 ?
  3. No I don't but I have a Asus GTX 780 Ti and a Asus HD 7790 plug both in at one time (never ran it though). I can still put PCIE X1 expansion cards.

    Yes when doing multiple graphic cards setup the PCIE 3.0 X16 lanes will do at X8/X8 configuration.
  4. sweenytodd said:
    No I don't but I have a Asus GTX 780 Ti and a Asus HD 7790 plug both in at one time (never ran it though). I can still put PCIE X1 expansion cards.

    Yes when doing multiple graphic cards setup the PCIE 3.0 X16 lanes will do at X8/X8 configuration.


    I plan on doing 2 780 ti's in 2 way SLI and i am worrying if i wont have to option to put a sound card in while doing 2 way sli

    here is the card i plan on getting http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487003&AID=10657534&PID=3938566&SID=&nm_mc=AFC-C8junctionCA

    So you are saying that i can do 2 780 ti's at the same time in 2 way SLI and still have room to put a 1x sound card in and it wont effect anything like to much heat from the GPUs or to much heat on the sound card? i am just worrying about the space i will have i have never installed a GPU into a motherboard before so i don't know how much space a 780 ti would leave after doing 2 way SLI on the hero.

    If you could help explain how much room i would have when doing 2 way SLI and a 1x sound card on the hero that would be awesome and much appreciated Thanks for information
  5. You can put the sound card on top of the first PCIE 3.0 X16 slot. Sound cards today are mostly single slot and PCIE X1.
  6. sweenytodd said:
    You can put the sound card on top of the first PCIE 3.0 X16 slot. Sound cards today are mostly single slot and PCIE X1.


    yes i understand that but wont i have to put 1 780 ti in the PCIEx16/x8_1 Slot and another 780 ti in the PCIE_x8_2 which is both the red PCIE 3.0 slots and that means there would be very little space for the PCIE express x1 slot on the top to put a sound card in and that's what i am worrying about will there be issues installing the sound card in the top PCIE x1 express slot will it cause heating issues with the sound card / GPU any problems like that
  7. No heat problems with good air flow and its depends on your case too.
  8. sweenytodd said:
    No heat problems with good air flow and its depends on your case too.


    This is the case i plan on getting the Nzxt 630 Phantom http://www.nzxt.com/product/detail/118-phantom-630.html

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146099

    will there be an issue with cooling? i picked this case because it will fit my CPU cooler i wanted the Krakken X60

    will i have to add extra fans?
  9. Yes. Get these Cougar fans. More fans with good airflow = cooler components.

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835553016
  10. sweenytodd said:
    Yes. Get these Cougar fans. More fans with good airflow = cooler components.

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835553016


    How many fans can i fit in the nzxt 630 phantom and using the maximus 6 hero

    I will be using this CPU cooler the NZXT Kraken X60 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835146028 it has a 280 MM Rad with 140mm fans and i think it mounts on the top
  11. Best answer
    Front 1 x 200 or 2 x 140mm( 1 x 200mm included ) 800rpm
    It will fit.

    http://www.nzxt.com/product/detail/118-phantom-630.html

    Top 2 x 200 or 2 x 140 or 3 x 120mm ( 1 x 200mm included) 800rpm
    Side 1 x 200mm (Included) 800 rpm
    Rear 1 x 140mm (1 x 140mm included) 1,000rpm
    Bottom 2 x 140mm
    HDD Pivot 1 x 140mm
  12. sweenytodd said:
    Front 1 x 200 or 2 x 140mm( 1 x 200mm included ) 800rpm
    It will fit.

    http://www.nzxt.com/product/detail/118-phantom-630.html

    Top 2 x 200 or 2 x 140 or 3 x 120mm ( 1 x 200mm included) 800rpm
    Side 1 x 200mm (Included) 800 rpm
    Rear 1 x 140mm (1 x 140mm included) 1,000rpm
    Bottom 2 x 140mm
    HDD Pivot 1 x 140mm


    Hmmmm ok thanks! so i have nothing to worry about 2 way SLI on my maximus 6 hero and if i wanted to put a dedicated sound card in the top PCIE express x1 slot it would not be a problem and both GPU's will run at x8x8 in PCIE 3.0? im just being paranoid.

    Do you think the nzxt 630 phantom is a good case for what i am doing?

    Thank you for information and you're time its much appreciated
  13. Yes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1y_WeWKCgzw

    No worries, glad I could help.
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