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Hi, I currently own the Gigabyte Z68X-UD4-B3 motherboard and have one MSI GTX570 Twin Frozr III installed in the top PCI-E x16 slot. I am in the market for a sound card, and am not sure if I could fit a PCI-E x1 sound card with this motherboard.

From the way it looks, it seems as though there isn't enough room for the sound card to fit alongside the video card. Also, I plan to sli in the future, so would the sound card be able to fit in between the two video cards, even with the sli bridge?

I was wondering if I would have to get a PCI sound card to go in the bottom slot. Also, would there be enough room for the bottom PCI slot with a Twin Frozr III occupying the second PCI-E x16 slot?

Here is a link to a picture of the motherboard I am referring to:

http://www.ixbt.com/mainboard/gigaby...board-rear.jpg

Thanks in advance, and hopefully someone who has experience with this motherboard can help out.
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The 570 you have is a dual slot cooler. So yes, you could use something like a sound card in the second PCI-E x1 slot, and also the bottom PCI slot even with SLI. However this will restrict the airflow a little bit to the video card and may result in a little higher temperatures.
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