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Looking to upgrade my Asrock Pro3-m after I purchased a Sapphire 7970. Question though - would I have an issue putting a 7970 in the top PCIE x16 slot, and a Creative Titanium in the bottom (2.0) PCIE x16 slot?

If that works, then I wouldn't have to worry about the audio front panel being covered as it would go to my sound card, however, would my graphics card heat up the soundcard too much?

Otherwise it looks like a great board, just want to make sure I can use my soundcard, as onboard simply is not cutting it atm.

Rest of specs are in sigrig with the 2500k.

*fake edit

Also thinking of using my spare a05n inverted instead of the fractal, that way the gpu would be blowing up towards the blowhole. Would that make sense?

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Looking to upgrade my Asrock Pro3-m after I purchased a Sapphire 7970. Question though - would I have an issue putting a 7970 in the top PCIE x16 slot, and a Creative Titanium in the bottom (2.0) PCIE x16 slot?

If that works, then I wouldn't have to worry about the audio front panel being covered as it would go to my sound card, however, would my graphics card heat up the soundcard too much?

Otherwise it looks like a great board, just want to make sure I can use my soundcard, as onboard simply is not cutting it atm.

Rest of specs are in sigrig with the 2500k.

*fake edit

Also thinking of using my spare a05n inverted instead of the fractal, that way the gpu would be blowing up towards the blowhole. Would that make sense?

Thanks

Usually blowing up is better, because hot air rises naturally, so you won't be fighting physics.

The thing is, does your GPU have an exhaust fan or an intake fan? Mine has an intake, and so I keep it facing downwards so that it can benefit from my front intake case fans cool air, and so that it isn't pulling downwards (because pulling downwards is pulling hot air in).
Edited by Tagkaman - 1/10/13 at 7:54pm
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This is my card, and unless I am crazy, I believe it dumps the air out via the two fans. Thinking the A05n would be better due to the inverted layout.

I am assuming since you didn't touch on it that the soundcard wouldn't have an issue.
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I've looked into it, and your GPU has exhaust fans, so upwards facing would be good.

For this configuration, it would be better if your gpu was above your sound card, as you don't really want to be blowing hot air on something that doesn't have a fan to cool itself. If possible, could you put the GPU on the bottom x16 slot? The only problem that I could think of with this is that on my Z77 Extreme4 (in my sig rig) you have to put the gpu on the top slot to get full speed PCIe 3.0.
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I am not too worried about 3.0, as I do believe I need an ivy bridge to run it - I have a 2500k.

The bottom 2.0, is that full 16x? From what I looked at it seemed to only do x4. (in the extreme4-m)
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The table on the first page of this review shows that you can run 2 of them, and they will both have x8 bandwidth.

You might be able to stick the sound card in the very bottom slot, and that way it would not interfere with the bandwidth of the video card...
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Easy way to know whether it is x8/x8 or not is to check whether the boards supports SLI. And Extreme4-m does.
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I have this motherboard I unplugged the Front panel audio connector so I could my GPU on the Top slot because I plan on going SLI soon.

Will this effect my sound?
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