This is my first post on tom's hardware so I apologize in advance for any errors (missing info, etc.) on my part regarding this post.
I just bought a reference Sapphire AMD 7970 to be installed on my existing Gigabyte EP35-DS3R motherboard (replacing my previous card which was an old ATI X1900).
However, the motherboard (EP35-DS3R) has a small heatsink on the intel chipset (ICH9R I believe) that is directly below the PCI-E slot for the graphics card. With the 7970 being too large (due to the expansive plastic cover which contains the cooling fan), when properly seated the 7970's plastic body seems to be in contact with the mobo's chipset heatsink (which can run hot).
I'm afraid that this could damage the card so I wanted to ask whether this arrangement is safe or not? (both for the mobo and for the 7970)