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Hey OCN,

I have the ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z mATX board in my build, and was wondering where my limits are (size-wise) for dual graphics cards. I'm currently running a GTX 460 hawk and I'm probably buying my friend's EVGA 460 when Kepler arrives because he's upgrading to one of those.

My question is, is there a limit to what size cards I can fit in this board? I'm talking about width, but length could also be an issue. I'm running my build in a Corsair 600t case.

So, are bigger and better cards also bigger in width? I'm worried that since it's a mATX board that there isn't much space for SLI in comparison to normal sized boards. If there is a limit of the width of two cards I can put on the board, What's the biggest and best card I can put in SLI on this board? (Just for reference so I know not to buy larger than it)

Thanks to anyone that can help!
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post #2 of 19
You should be fine. I have the same board, and I know two 7970s will fit, although they will be tight. Your only concern might be cooling, but again, as long as you aren't doing crazy OCs or you are water cooled you'll be okay.
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Are you saying that I can put any card into SLI on the board? Awesome! I do have my i5 2500k clocked at 4.3 ghz, but you meant OCing of the GPU's right?

Thanks for the advice!
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post #4 of 19
As long as you're not planning to OC the GPU's you should be fine with any 2slot card, otherwise put them on water.
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When running two cards you will be at 8x on each lane instead of 16x right?
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As long as you're not planning to OC the GPU's you should be fine with any 2slot card, otherwise put them on water.

Okay, noted. Thanks so much! +rep'd
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When running two cards you will be at 8x on each lane instead of 16x right?

Yes, but that is irrelevant performance-wise.
    
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Yes, but that is irrelevant performance-wise.

Still? Will we ever take advantage of the bandwidth?
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Still? Will we ever take advantage of the bandwidth?

I read some charts on Tom's hardware that showed performance of x16/x16 SLI vs x16/x8 SLI, and they showed that the 16/16 SLI setup performed at around 1-2 more FPS. At the moment there's hardly a difference, but I assume eventually cards will take more advantage of the x16 bandwidth.
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I read some charts on Tom's hardware that showed performance of x16/x16 SLI vs x16/x8 SLI, and they showed that the 16/16 SLI setup performed at around 1-2 more FPS. At the moment there's hardly a difference, but I assume eventually cards will take more advantage of the x16 bandwidth.

Curious as to how old was the article.
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