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What is a single slot and a dual slot graphic card

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January 11, 2010 12:16:01 AM

I got a nvdia 250 gts graphic card,
when its on full load it hits 85 °C n on ideal 65 °C
so is that safe ??
I have a good amount of airflow in my chase with 2 extra fans !!

So i need 2 know if its single slot or dual slot card ?
And if its single slot card then is the temp fine ??

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January 11, 2010 12:22:06 AM

Safe temperature margins are not dependent on having a single or dual slot graphics card, though dual slot cards generally have lower temperatures.

Your temps are fine. Don't worry about your GPU until you get into the high 90's.
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a c 244 U Graphics card
January 11, 2010 12:33:47 AM

Look at the back of your case.....does the card block one or two slots at the back of the case. Another way to think of it is if you put 2 screws in to hold it in place, it's a dual slot card, 1 screw = single slot.

The difference is, a single slot card exhausts heat into the case . A dual slot card exhausts hot air outside the case thru an external grille which takes up the extra slot..

This is a dual slot card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is a single slot abomination :) 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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a c 189 U Graphics card
January 11, 2010 1:15:30 AM

^+2
just as they said... :) 
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a c 376 U Graphics card
January 11, 2010 1:23:33 AM

Actually it's a bit more complicated. There are cards that wont use two actual slots but the fan/heatsink is large enough that it will cover the slot under it inside your computer, effectively making it a dual slot card. The card Jack linked as single slot is one of them.
I don't believe there are any actual single slot GTS 250s.
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a c 273 U Graphics card
November 27, 2010 10:41:02 PM

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