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Different expansion slot

I am looking at a cooler master HAF XM case, and wondering how I could utilize the expansion slot that's sideways across from the normal slots. I know I could, but I can't find what I want or what it is called. I know I would put in a board on a motherboard to reach the slot. could I use that slot for a dual slot video card that I don't want to cove mb slots with?
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  1. I believe then 8th slot in the case is for when a graphics card is sitting in the last slot of the motherboard when you're running tri/quad SLi/crossfire. A normal ATX motherboard can only handle upto 7 expansion slots.
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    It is called a vertical expansion slot, there is nothing different other than the regular slots being horizontal. It is used for extra accessories ei usb, esata, fan controller, etc. These are the same exact things that can also be placed in the regular slots but would need an extension wire to reach. It is only a single vertical slot so would not hold a dual slot card.
  3. I stand corrected, I'm thinking of something completely different.
  4. Best answer selected by lxgoldsmith.
  5. k1114 said:
    It is called a vertical expansion slot, there is nothing different other than the regular slots being horizontal. It is used for extra accessories ei usb, esata, fan controller, etc. These are the same exact things that can also be placed in the regular slots but would need an extension wire to reach. It is only a single vertical slot so would not hold a dual slot card.


    So if I used a dual slot video card that covered a PCIex1 slot, could I connect an extension under the video card so that slot could still be used?
  6. If it would fit under it.
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