If anyone can help, i just bought a XFX HD-485X-ZDFC video card from newegg. i then looked into motherboards here. i read a review on the Gigabyte P55-UD4P. it mentions clearance on the 1st upper pci-e 1x slot to be limited to a 3" card. my question is wether or not my newly acquired video card will fit or not because of its double slot cooling.
A PCIeX1 slot is not suitable for a vidcard at all - nearly every vidcard currently available requires a mechanical X16 slot - even if it only need X8 electrically; you would put the GPU in the second (X16) slot, and it will cover the third...
no, no no, i understand that, i missed the first pci-e slot above the pcie 16x slot. i thought the review was talking about the 2nd pci-e 1x slot, sorry for the confusion. my mistake, thanks everyone for looking.. Problem Solved.
Yeah - the whole thing is nothing but a confusing mess! The PCIe mechspec says that a x16 slot should have no component higher than, roughly, a half-inch (.543, I think) anywhere in the, roughly, twelve and a half inches of length set aside to accomodate the cards - and both ends are often screwed up: you can't count on the MOBO manufacturers to actually provide the theoretical 'clearance' area behind the slots, and you can't count on the GPU manufacturers to limit the cards themselves to the spec'd length... And, worst of all, it's becoming more and more standard operating procedure not to provide any dimensions for anything at all, much less 'Z' heights