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I know EK has 1 slot IO bracket but they state so that install a soundcard below.

So can I get either the EK 7970 or some other and fit 2 cards in 2 pci-e next to eachother?
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post #2 of 19
You can fit 2 cards right next to each other anyways, even if they are dual slot reference air coolers.

I don't get what you're asking.

Are you asking if you can use two 7970's, both with EK blocks, and still fit a sound card between them?
Edited by Khaotik55 - 2/7/12 at 6:13pm
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I want eventually fit 4x 7950, as seen on this image the left black and blue only fit 1slot cards.

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post #4 of 19
Dont think that is possible. The 7950/70's are dual slot cards so the card in the bottom blue PCI-EX will cover the black PCI-EX, unless someone makes a non ref single slot 7950/70 it wont be possible.

Edit: Was a bad descripton from my side, i dont think the card in the bottom blue PCI-EX will cover the black PCI-EX but the backplate of the card in the blue slot will use one of the slots for the backplate of the card in the black slot so you still need a single slot card.
Edited by Eggy88 - 2/7/12 at 6:37pm
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I want eventually fit 4x 7950, as seen on this image the left black and blue only fit 1slot cards.
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4x 7950's on a AMD board = Waste of good money
your gonna want a lga2011 board for that buddy.
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post #6 of 19
Its impossible, even if you got the cards connected, the motherboard probably isn't designed to run all 4 PCI-E slots simultaneously.

The GPU blocks would all be too big for 1 slot spacing

Also, there would be no way to connect the 2 video cards, as there are no fittings made to be that close to each other.

And lastly, unless your running a 6 core 3960k or a xeon 6 cores+, you will be bottlenecked by your CPU. Running 4 cards is absolutely pointless over 2/3 cards. Its meant for epeen and benchmark tests only.

Your best bet is to invest in a new motherboard, if your going to be dropping $2,500 on GPU's
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Originally Posted by DzillaXx View Post

4x 7950's on a AMD board = Waste of good money
your gonna want a lga2011 board for that buddy.

I knew someone would post this wink.gif

I well aware I'm better off with Intel, but when gaming my cpu is 30% load and GPU is 100% load, so it can handle 3-4gpu most of the time.
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Dont think that is possible. The 7950/70's are dual slot cards so the card in the bottom blue PCI-EX will cover the black PCI-EX, unless someone makes a non ref single slot 7950/70 it wont be possible.
Edit: Was a bad descripton from my side, i dont think the card in the bottom blue PCI-EX will cover the black PCI-EX but the backplate of the card in the blue slot will use one of the slots for the backplate of the card in the black slot so you still need a single slot card.

Well I think it depends on if the waterblock is 1 slot?

Because EK already came with IO 1 slot for 7970, not sure if their block is 1 slot aswell.
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I well aware I'm better off with Intel, but when gaming my cpu is 30% load and GPU is 100% load, so it can handle 3-4gpu most of the time.

You're vastly overestimating the capability of that processor when paired with four of the worlds fastest GPUs.

You would be bottle necked with two.
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Originally Posted by grandpatzer View Post

I knew someone would post this wink.gif
I well aware I'm better off with Intel, but when gaming my cpu is 30% load and GPU is 100% load, so it can handle 3-4gpu most of the time.
Well I think it depends on if the waterblock is 1 slot?
Because EK already came with IO 1 slot for 7970, not sure if their block is 1 slot aswell.

I wouldnt even quad sli/fire with sandy bridge. You would need a highly clocked Ivy Bridge-E processor, and by then the 8970's will be comming out hopefully rolleyes.gif
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post #10 of 19
You can connect the blocks with a zero slot connector but I can't remember if it was aqua or koolance that made them.

I wouldn't go quad 7970s not because of some scary bottleneck but because it's really a lot of speed that would go wasted. Take Lev's 3930k quad 7970 rig. I can match upto 90% of his scores in every bench with three cards, lol and with my lowly 2600k no less. Do I need to spend another 600 bucks for 700 more points in Heaven? Hell no, I'm good to go right here with my crappy SB.

That said, you're AMD rig will hold you back but what can you do? If you set on it you can always jump to new architecture later.
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