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So i need to run 3x 5870s in my NZXT Phantom and it seems that's not possible with the ASRock Extreme 4 being in this case. The ASRock Extreme 4 supports 3 ways CF but the PCIe layout makes it difficult to do that in this Phantom. If you look at this photo, the bottom PCIe is too close and it would hit the PSU and my Phantom doesn't even have the last back space for that last PCIe 2 slots GPU.

Is there a case that would support 3 way CF using the ASRock Extreme 4 layout? I'm looking at this new Corsair 600T and wondering if that would do the job?
Inside the Phantom:


---Note: This pic is my Phantom with 2 GPUS, as you can see there's no space to run another GPU in that last slot PCIe---

Edited by Ocnewb - 5/15/11 at 10:38pm
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Yes, it looks like you need a case with 8 expansion slots at least. The 600T might not be a good choice as its air cooling design might not handle the situation where 2 cards are closely spaced (ie the lower 2 of the 3 cards in tri-fire setup).
I would suggest getting a case with a strong side panel intake fans setup and a strong front fan intake as well.

In the meantime, I suggest you to do one check:-
Move one of your HD5870 down to the last PCIex16 slot to confirm that a card at that location would not have conflict with all the USB headers and front panel I/O, Power/Reset headers along that edge of the mobo.

Edit 1: what is your budget?
Edited by windfire - 5/15/11 at 11:15pm
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Yes, it looks like you need a case with 8 expansion slots at least. The 600T should work.

In the meantime, I suggest you to do one check:-
Move one of your HD5870 down to the last PCIex16 slot to confirm that a card at that location would not have conflict with all the USB headers and front panel I/O, Power/Reset headers along that edge of the mobo.
I tried it before and it looked like it didn't conflict with the USB headers but it hit my PSU instead. The board allows 3 way CF so i think 3 cards have to work on it.
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I tried it before and it looked like it didn't conflict with the USB headers but it hit my PSU instead. The board allows 3 way CF so i think 3 cards have to work on it.
Tri-fire definitely works on your motherboard but 'a dual slot card in the last PCIe slot' might not work (physical restriction regarding possible conflict with all the headers). A single slot card should pose no problem though. As long as you have actually physically checked, then it is OK.

I propose Rosewill Thor for your consideration. US$150+$10 shipping. This is in the same range of price category as a 600T.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...osewill%20thor

Reviews:
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1565/8/
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/396...iew/index.html
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I will try again tomorrow to make sure if it would work or not . I'm really done with cases that look alike the HAF series so i really prefer not have to buy the Thor . I PM'ed the corsair rep here on OCN and asked him if the 600T would work for me. Hopefully he will get back to me with a clear answer. I like the look of that case.
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Edit 1: what is your budget?
I would love to keep it under $200.
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Is that case good for air cooling? It looks like it's made for WC in mind.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112304
most lian li's have 8 expansion slots just picked this one because of the dual intakes, i have also tested triple 5850's in my case which is the version just before i had linked and theres enough clearance between the last slot and the ps.
Edited by mr. biggums - 5/16/11 at 12:13am
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I'm running 4 6950s on my ws revo, and iirc a 700d is only 7 slots. The bottom card... only has the top dvi port sticking out, but it's no biggie.
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