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Will It Fit: 3 Slot Video Card on my Motherboard?

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I'm looking to use this 3-slot video card
ZOTAC AMP! GTX 480
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16814500166

on my sig rig motherboard:

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3L

Is this possible? Those SATA connectors are my primary concern. Or will I be stuck with only using a 2-slot GPU on my motherboard?

Thanks
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Looks like it will fit fine.

That one top inner sata port might be blocked though.
    
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You will block top 4 SATA connectors with 3slot GPU..

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Should fit fine.
    
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I think it will fit with room to spare. I don't think it will block any SATA slots. Although it will go right up to them. Worst case scenario it blocks the right most 2 slots. If it is a true 3 slots it shouldn't block any.
    
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Originally Posted by KingT View Post
You will block top 4 SATA connectors with 3slot GPU..

CHEERS..
That. you MIGHT be able to fit a 90* cable in there but don't count on it. Otherwise it will be fine.
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90 degree sata cable should fit there if necessary...
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The problem is that I need to use 5 SATA ports.. 1 for DVD and 4 for hdd's. Is there such thing as a SATA multiplier and / or SATA adapter? Taking one SATA port and making 2-3 out of it? Or would I lose bandwidth speeds if I did this?
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The problem is that I need to use 5 SATA ports.. 1 for DVD and 4 for hdd's. Is there such thing as a SATA multiplier and / or SATA adapter? Taking one SATA port and making 2-3 out of it? Or would I lose bandwidth speeds if I did this?
I've never heard of such a thing. There are 90 degree connectors like some people have mentioned. Those should let you connect underneath the card if it comes down to that. If the card really is three slots it shouldn't be a problem.

Just make sure you get a right angle SATA cable that bends the correct direction. I searched for right and left angle SATA and found this.

http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/631669...%7Cprd:6316698

Something like that is what you would need. If you get a 90 degree cable that goes the wrong way it will block the other SATA ports.

But again, I think the 3 slot card shouldn't block anything.
Edited by Epitope - 5/28/11 at 12:29am
    
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post #10 of 10
It would fit, but you might have to sacrifice some SATA ports. There are always PCI controllers, but you wouldn't get full speed.
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