Can my motherboard fit a dual-width video card?

I was looking at buying a new video card (probably a GTX 570) and I noticed some of them have a requirement saying "dual-width PCI Express slot", but I don't know if my motherboard would work or has enough room. I have an Asrock K10N78:
http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=K10N78

My current video card is a HIS Radeon 4850 http://www.hisdigital.com/un/product2-385.shtml

When I look inside my case it doesn't appear that the new card would be blocked by anything, but I don't know for sure. Can anyone help me please?
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  1. It's fine.
  2. The Asrock K10N78 is NOT a 'real' SLI MOBO. You can use any PCIe GPU, but a GTX 570 is 100% guaranteed to bottleneck with the NVIDIA GeForce 8200 Chipset. I would either get a new MOBO, maybe CPU if it's NOT a Phenom II, or go with a GT 430 or at max the GTX 460 {even the GTX 460 will be bottlenecked}.

    If you prefer, as I do, the nVidia GPUs -> ASUS M4N82 Deluxe or M4N98TD EVO MOBOs.

    Bottlenecking example:
  3. Thanks for the replies

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    should be fine; have your verified or cross-referenced the physical dimensions, the info is found on the respective web-sites.?


    Yeah actually after posting this thread I realized both my current card and the GTX 570 are 4 cm thick, and there's a little over 12 inches in my case before a card would hit anything so I think it would fit without a problem.


    jaquith said:
    The Asrock K10N78 is NOT a 'real' SLI MOBO. You can use any PCIe GPU, but a GTX 570 is 100% guaranteed to bottleneck with the NVIDIA GeForce 8200 Chipset. I would either get a new MOBO, maybe CPU if it's NOT a Phenom II, or go with a GT 430 or at max the GTX 460 {even the GTX 460 will be bottlenecked}.


    My CPU is a Phenom II X4 955. I know the motherboard isn't SLI, but how does that affect the performance if the GTX 570 only plugs into one slot?
  4. randir14 said:
    Thanks for the replies


    Yeah actually after posting this thread I realized both my current card and the GTX 570 are 4 cm thick, and there's a little over 12 inches in my case before a card would hit anything so I think it would fit without a problem.


    My CPU is a Phenom II X4 955. I know the motherboard isn't SLI, but how does that affect the performance if the GTX 570 only plugs into one slot?

    It doesnt
  5. randir14 said:
    My CPU is a Phenom II X4 955. I know the motherboard isn't SLI, but how does that affect the performance if the GTX 570 only plugs into one slot?

    The Chipset will hugely inhibit the CPU <=Chipset=> GPU <=Chipset=> RAM; the individual components are not the problem. Also, the onboard GPU steals: PCIe bandwidth, Physical RAM, etc from your overall system performance. It will run - it just will perform horribly in comparison to the current AMD 'FX' Chipsets. Your components are OVERKILL to the MOBO; mis-matched.

    I would only use either the 890FX {CF} or nForce 980a {SLI} chipset MOBO with the GTX 570.

    Here's a good video to explain bottlenecking - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGdo75gasaQ
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