Best GPU using one card slot?

Hey all,

I need some help here. I have a space limitation on my board as I need all 4 pci slots. The pci-e slots are to close to the pci to use most cards with their over-sized fans and still get my pci cards in.

I don't need any "get a new motherboard" posts, there are none that you can get with enough pci slots except these two with the same problem.

What I need to know is, what is the best card I can buy for myself that actually only takes one card slot? (internally and externally?) Prefer ati so i can get two and use the crossfire, but if one nvidia or something is better than 2 crossfired atis that fit the bill, that's good too.

Thanks in advance.
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  1. HD5770 is two-slot.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150436&cm_re=hd4870-_-14-150-436-_-Product
    HD4870 with one-slot, but it the larger fan on it might use another slot.

    HD5670 doesn't use two slots if you want to crossfire those.
  2. I'd got for the HD5670. It's pretty much the best single-slot solution out there now. Add in the fact it doesn't need a dedicated power connection and it's a sealed deal
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150467

    ON the nVidia front, I'd go for a 9800GT. It's performance is on par with the 5670,
    though, you'll end up trading Eyefinity and DX11 for PhysX.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150323
    Single slot and doesn't require additional power connector. There's a couple like it, just have to make sure you look.
  3. +1 to the 5670. You might be able to find single-slot versions of a few higher end cards, but they're gonna be pretty expensive.
  4. If you can find one of the older 4850s those had one slot coolers on them.
  5. Thanks everyone; 5670 it is.

    I guess somewhat ironically, I had the 5670 that tikrjee linked to in my saved cart at newegg, I just wanted to make sure I wasn't going to miss out on anything better.

    Thanks again everyone.
  6. computererds said:
    Thanks everyone; 5670 it is.

    I guess somewhat ironically, I had the 5670 that tikrjee linked to in my saved cart at newegg, I just wanted to make sure I wasn't going to miss out on anything better.

    Thanks again everyone.


    I win! :D

    I guess you win, too! Though, your prize is awesomer
  7. The HD5670 does have its advantages but the 9800GT is a decent amount more powerful;
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/Radeon_HD_5670_IceQ/28.html
    They are about the same price so it's a judgment call on your part; about 10% performance vs DX11
  8. jyjjy said:
    The HD5670 does have its advantages but the 9800GT is a decent amount more powerful;
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/Radeon_HD_5670_IceQ/28.html
    They are about the same price so it's a judgment call on your part; about 10% performance vs DX11


    Damn it, I said "I Win!"
    j/k. Yea, the 9800GT is more powerful. But it also draws more power, so there is that trade-off to consider too. More power=More heat
    The 5670 does also bring Eyefinity (though, with this card, I'd limit it to office application usage), not to mention the whole slew of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD support for when you want to do more than game. Of course, there's DX11 (honestly, though, with the games that support ATM, it's not that big a deal until better driver support gives it a boost), and more of those titles are coming :D
    Though, you do get PhysX support with the 9800GT, which I feel is an OK trade-off with DX11 (buyer beware: 9800GT does NOT support DX10.1, only DX10)
    But the Home Theater potential and prospect of less-demanding DX11 titles in the future seal the deal for me
  9. paperfox said:
    If you can find one of the older 4850s those had one slot coolers on them.


    Those cards may only have 1 PCI expansion slot taken up from the outside, but the coolers on (almost) all of the stick out far enough to block the adjacent slot, thus effectively making it a dual-slot card.
  10. http://www1.sapphiretech.com/us/products/products_overview.php?gpid=248
    I have owned this card and it has not given me any problems in terms of it taking up more than one slot. Right below it was a airlink awlh6080 wireless internet card if it matters.
  11. paperfox said:
    http://www1.sapphiretech.com/us/products/products_overview.php?gpid=248
    I have owned this card and it has not given me any problems in terms of it taking up more than one slot. Right below it was a airlink awlh6080 wireless internet card if it matters.


    Said "almost" all of them. I know there's a couple exceptions. Heck, some of the cheat and send the bulk to the backside of the card (crafty, no?)
  12. There's also a single slot GTX 260;
    http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=816
  13. jyjjy said:
    There's also a single slot GTX 260;
    http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=816


    Wow-- that is lot to squeeze into one slot-- I suppose they made up for it in length :)

    I would have checked that one out a bit more had I not already ordered the 5670, but really, I game little, hence the need fo the trade off-- i could get a sweet video card I will rarely use but I will use 8 processors and all my pci cards everyday, well not everyday, but I will do a lot more decryption than gaming.

    Thanks all-- I can in all good conscience pick a best answer when there was more than one solid answer to my question, but I will say tikrjee won ;)
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