Has anyone done this? Any problems? If I wanted to x-fire 2 6870s, would the one card be too close to the other's fan?
Sorry if these are bad questions, I am researching my first build.
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I've been eyeing this mobo for awhile now. From what i've seen it should work but that really is dependant on the brand of 6870 you are going with. There is a pcie port between the primary pci16's so as long as you don't mind losing a pcie you almost certainly will be able to fit it.
Great choice of mobo by the way. For it's price and specs and oc'ing ability it can't be beat.
Thanks very much, and yes I do see that they will cover that slot too. So I should look at the dimensions for each brand?
First look at newegg, not all of them have dimensions listed; I'll have to look some more...thanks!
I find the best way to find more specific info is to search on google for the brand and type review. Sites that focus on reviews and not selling tend be more specific about their info. They're also less likely to steer you towards expensive products just to get more profit.
6870's are dual slot cards, unless there is an aftermarket cooler on the card making it a "triple-slot" card. You will be just fine with that motherboard (great choice too ) in SLI.
Thanks very much Tecmo and c_for
I did do some looking and found dimensions hard to come by, but it looks like they are about 1.5 to 1.7 inches thick; so there should be space enough between them for decent air flow(?)
HIS (from site) - 12.6 x 4.2 x 26.2 cm (HxWxD) – card dimensions (4.2cm = 1.7) XFX (from site) - Dimensions (Imperial) 10.3 x 4.4 x 1.5 ASUS (from site) - the card size = 9.5" x 5" MSI (from site) - Card Dimension (mm) N/A (NewEgg) - Card Dimensions 8.78" x 4.6" x 1.5" VisionTek (from site) - Card will occupy (2) chassis expansion slots Sapphire (from site) – nothing Gigabyte (from site) - nothing
Yes, you will have adequate cooling / air flow. It will match about 95% (rough estimate) of all dual card setups. The spacing is standard for a dual card setup on the motherboard.
One of the cool things about these style cards is the air output is through the rear of the case so not only do you not have to worry about airflow but less heat is building up inside your case.