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right now i am using the asus rampage iii formula motherboard , if i am goin to sli with my gtx580 , since the mobo has 3 pcie slot , which slot i should pop in my gtx580? 1st and 2nd slot or 1st and 3rd slot? does it make any different?? thanks
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Depends on the speed of the PCIE lane, some run at x16 some at x8 and some at x4. You should check your mobo to see which speed the lanes run at. And of course you'll want to install it on the two fastest lanes.

EDIT: I looked at your mobo and it says all 3 of your PCIE 2.0 lanes run at x16. So I'm assuming you could pop one g-card into first slot and the other into the 3rd for bettering cooling, while still running at x16.
Edited by SGT. Peppers - 5/9/11 at 7:18pm
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it's my opinion that anyone who has to ask this question shouldn't be going sli, but just look in your manual (or on the motherboard box) to find out the bandwidths of each slot.

put the 2 cards in the ones with the most bandwidth (16/16,16/8,8/8).

if they all have the same, then I would do the 2 furthest slots for better temps, though that may require a longer bridge.
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right now i am using the asus rampage iii formula motherboard , if i am goin to sli with my gtx580 , since the mobo has 3 pcie slot , which slot i should pop in my gtx580? 1st and 2nd slot or 1st and 3rd slot? does it make any different?? thanks
Yeah go 1st and 3rd for best spacing between the cards and lower temps, allowing the fans to suck in cooler air.

When they are sandwiched close together, like I will have to the temps go up though still managable less higher over clocks. Even if your not over clocking by much lower temps will equal longer life span.

Congrats on your GTX 580 It's a very powerful GPU, it's sweet to be eleet.
     
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it's my opinion that anyone who has to ask this question shouldn't be going sli, but just look in your manual (or on the motherboard box) to find out the bandwidths of each slot.
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i think that little piece of input was highly unnessisary and kinda rude to be honest.

this is a LEARNING forum, if people cant learn here, then why bother creating a constructive community.

if all your lanes, op, are x16 it wont matter, but the further the cards, the cooler they will run
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i think that little piece of input was highly unnessisary and kinda rude to be honest.

this is a LEARNING forum, if people cant learn here, then why bother creating a constructive community.

if all your lanes, op, are x16 it wont matter, but the further the cards, the cooler they will run
it may have been a bit rude, but I feel if people bothered to read their manuals (or even research what they buy a bit) rather than asking here first they would know the answer.

I didn't really mean it to be an insult, rather me venting my frustrations that people don't read the information they already have.
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it may have been a bit rude, but I feel if people bothered to read their manuals (or even research what they buy a bit) rather than asking here first they would know the answer.

I didn't really mean it to be an insult, rather me venting my frustrations that people don't read the information they already have.

I would rather ask here first, than read the manuals any day.
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I agree with asking on OCN. This is a great learning forum for many different computing questions, hardware to software related.

You can google everything these days but real feedback from actual users that have more knowledge than the average Joe Smoe out weighs it.

Beside one dosen't have to reply if they don't want and let the helpful people chime in for a more positive experience.
     
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I would rather ask here first, than read the manuals any day.
but its so much simpler if you figure things out by yourself :/

post for reassurance,yes
but its still better to research first imo
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if this were a question like "can my amd cpu fit into an intel socket??" kind of question, then sure, give em hell for not doing any research.

but truth be told, im sure there are alot of people out there who have no idea that there are different speed pci-e slots.

i sure as hell didnt a while ago. for someone to ask which would be the best configuration isnt really all that hard to comprehend as a legit question.

it helps the user if they can ask a question based around thier very specific need, and receive multiple responces.


i can accept the urge to vent, i agree to a certain level, but i dont belive it was nessisary on this specific inquiry.
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