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Just got 2 x ASUS GTX 560 TIs and I wonder how to install them best on the motherboard.

The board has 3 x PCIe slots, should I just put the cards in slot 1 and 3 to give them some room to breathe? Or put them in slot 1 and 2 then place a 120mm fan on the side of the case?

Mobo looks like this:

Edited by sd_dracula - 11/8/11 at 10:18pm
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post #2 of 6
go 1 and 3 both are x16 i believe so that will give them soem breathing room
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1 & 3 .. breathing room yeap

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Yeah I guess I can try that and just monitor the temps on the other monitor while at full load and if they go too high I can then add the side fan also.
Should be decent ventilation in the case.

One thing is if it will let me set slot 3 to 16x speed in the bios. Default is 16x 16x, or 16x 8x 8x
Edited by sd_dracula - 11/8/11 at 10:27pm
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For 2 reason, you may want or even need to go w/the two blue slots:

1) 16x (size) is not the same as 16x (lanes). Look at your manual mobo (or the model on newegg) and figure what that bottom slot will be electrically (lanes) if you use it. It could be 16x size/4x lanes. Unless ... you know it isn't? Usually all 16x lane slots will be the same color though, that's why I suggest looking to be sure. 16x/8x is worthwhile tradeoff for the heat difference, but not 16x/4x

2) More importantly, your PSU will be in the way of putting a card in the very bottom board slot, and the case will likely intrude into the area where the bottom half of your GPU cooler would be, because it's a 7 slot case, not an 8.
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post #6 of 6
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Both valid points, I think the bios might not let me pick 16x for slot 3 anyway and the fan would probably not fit due to the PSU in the way.

BIOS options:
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