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Best PCI-E slot to place my card? (Heat related)

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June 29, 2010 7:00:13 PM

Is there a preferred pci-e lot to place a single GPU in? I have a MSI 890FX board ( with a Sapphire Vapor-X 5850 card. I currently have the card towards the bottom of the board for 2 reasons. 1, I was concerned about creating a hotspot on the board by having the GPU, CPU and Memory all in a concentrated area. 2) The poser in me loved the slick look of the black motherboard and wanted to leave most of it visible. A friend just pointed out to me that it is not good for airflow to the card to have it near the bottom especially considering I have a bottom mounted PSU with a top fan. Even though this is all inside an Antec 1200 with a front case fan blowing in front of the GPU, is it best to move the card up a few slots?

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June 29, 2010 7:16:57 PM

Typically the preferred slot for a single graphics card is the slot closest to the processor.

You might also want to check what the motherboard manual recommends.
June 29, 2010 7:30:05 PM

eVGA and all the Gigabyte manuals that I have seen recommend using the slot closest to the CPU.
June 29, 2010 11:08:30 PM

Is that because of heat or performance?