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Does it matter which x16 slot I plug my video card in?

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July 15, 2012 6:38:09 PM

Hi all, I am about to do a build using an ASUS Rampage IV Gene 2011, using a noctua dh-14 cooler and I would like to put my video card into the second pci-e x16 slot so that I don't have to worry about the metal clips on the fan touching the back of the video card.

In the manual for the mother board it says refer to the following table for video card installation:

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/839/vgatable.png/

Is that just a recommendation?
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July 16, 2012 10:53:38 PM

I would say give it a shot and see what happens. Worst case scenario is you have to move the card to the other slot. However, and I'm going out on a bit of a limb here, I am guessing that the graphic was created with the idea in mind that people would not run a single video card in that second slot like you want to do, that it would be used only for SLI/Crossfire.
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July 16, 2012 11:11:20 PM

I'm still trying to figure out what in world is the draw to the Noctua's DH-14?! It's a PITA from PCIe to RAM constraints and the H100 is a much better option for cooling, maintenance and general cleaning.

Unless the PCIe slot is 100% blocked use the top PCIe slot for your GPU.

DH-14 vs H100 on LGA 2011:
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July 19, 2012 8:39:53 PM

If the case is big enough and will fit the H100, it's a great solution.

That config table is interesting. As said, give it a try.
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