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I think I'm missing something. Single-slot conversion brackets are widely available. On many cards you aren't stuck using a dual-slot bracket, just on those with redundant outputs.

The biggest reason that I would use a mATX board in an ATX case is space allotment; if there's no PSU in the way I can mount a rad on the floor with a mATX board; whereas the board would block that option if it were ATX. The size of the case doesn't matter to me. What matters is how the components are laid out.
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Only the MSI board supports SLI. The other two are x16/x4 so they support Crossfire, but not SLI (officially).

I just picked up an In Win Dragon Slayer micro ATX case that has five slots. I'm reasonably impressed with the design of the case.
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Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Earthmonger;15431582 
I think I'm missing something. Single-slot conversion brackets are widely available. On many cards you aren't stuck using a dual-slot bracket, just on those with redundant outputs.

That's cool for non-reference cards but worthless for squirrel cage fan designs where the heat needs to exhaust through the rear. I can't imagine someone putting two non-reference GPUs into an mATX case; the heat would cause system crash.

Thanks to others though for pointing out that 2 of those 3 boards are CF only. Going to have to go with the Genie since I'm eying the Silverstone TJ08e.

My interest stems from the fact that I've been using an Alienware M17x R3 as a "desktop replacement" but since I only use it for vacations and going to my parents' house, I might as well just cart around a mATX build. $1100 will buy me as much power as a $2500 laptop so this idea should work for my niche needs.
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This Case: BR665
- the non-flashy version of the dragon

just saying,
it's there, and it's beautiful
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Quote:
Originally Posted by stealthybox;15443942 
This Case: BR665
- the non-flashy version of the dragon

just saying,
it's there, and it's beautiful

I know, but the Dragon Slayer is usually cheaper.
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post #17 of 45
The Dragon Slayer looks like a nice case, for 80 bucks I am torn between it and the Fractal Define Mini, but 8 fan slots for 10 bucks less is major win for me, might have to dump more money on extra fans but whatever, it would so be worth it.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DSgamer64;15453190 
The Dragon Slayer looks like a nice case, for 80 bucks I am torn between it and the Fractal Define Mini, but 8 fan slots for 10 bucks less is major win for me, might have to dump more money on extra fans but whatever, it would so be worth it.

I had the Dragon Slayer for a while, felt really cheap in places but otherwise was a nice case. You may have problems with the HDD bays though, if your PSU happens to use anything larger than a 120mm fan and/or is non-modular. Tower-style heatsinks wouldn't play nice, either.


And to the threadstarter, the bottom slot is usually not meant for multi-GPU arrangements, but rather a soundcard/RAID card/PhysX card. It's wired up to the P67 chipset rather than the CPU. Though you could still run CrossFire if you wanted to, just not optimally.
 
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post #19 of 45
Another mATX P67 motherboard that supports x8/x8 SLI which I'm also using:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131707
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post #20 of 45
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zap;15447283 
I know, but the Dragon Slayer is usually cheaper.

currently on newegg.com

BR665 - 65 + 3usd shipping
Slayer - 62 + 10usd shipping

edit: apologize for a bit of a derailed subtopic
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