Hello, I have an Asus P5N-D motherboard with only one pcie-x1 between the pci-e x16 slots. I was wondering if I can install two dual slot graphics cards in sli, or if I should consider a single slot solution.
Thanks In Advance
if you dont use the pcie 1x slot then yes, you have enough space for a 2 slot card. Tell us what cards you are thinking of getting and your system specs, there are many other things to consider when going for a dual card setup. Also not all games support sli.
As ***crowe stated. If you aren't using the 2 slots directly below the PCIe x16 slots, you'll be fine. Case air flow may be an issue, but can be remedied.
Note: My biggest peave with ASUS boards is the fact that they only put 6 expansion slots on an ATX mobo. Does not make sense to me, that's why I bought from one of their competitors.
Any time you have GPUs on top of one another, the upper card will run hotter. Look at you hard drive placement, and possibly adding a side case fan to increase air flow (positive, not turbulent). Check out some of the case mod posts, as there are many cooling tips from others with similar set-ups in an Antec 300 case.
That's a good standard design, reference version, from AMD. If you don't plan on over clocking your GPUs, i.e. add voltage/ heat, yes that is a better design for close fitting cards. Case air in to the card, exhaust out the back. Again, case cooling will be a factor. Common sense seems to go a long way in regards to cooling. You seem to be doing extensive research on this, so go with your gut, you'll be fine in the long run. Plus, an extra case fan, if felt needed, is only about $10.