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Hi all,

I have a Sabertooth z77 motherboard. I also have 2 sapphire dualx 7970s in Crossfirex with ek backplates on them to prevent warping. The only place I could put a sound card is the pciex1 slot directly above the first graphics card. My question, Will a xonar essense stx sound card fit on top of my 7970 with a backplate? The stx looks like it has a very large heat shroud on it. Will it fit?
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You may experience issues with this, but not for definite.

I could not fit my Titanium HD above my 680 with the backplate on and therefore had to place the card in between my GPU's. Would this not be possible for you to do?
Edited by Crooksy - 3/14/13 at 7:08am
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http://www.overclock.net/t/1370985/usb-sound-advice/0_50#post_19512068

Just posted in a thread i made, could be the solution you're looking for.
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Funny I actually read this before you linked it. An extension won't work unfortunately.
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Originally Posted by budgetcreep2012 View Post

Funny I actually read this before you linked it. An extension won't work unfortunately.

What about my suggestion?
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Originally Posted by budgetcreep2012 View Post

Funny I actually read this before you linked it. An extension won't work unfortunately.

Shove it the last slot on your mobo. I have the same sound card plugged in a full length PCIe X2 slot on my Rampage 4 Extreme between my GPUs and it works fine.
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Originally Posted by jassilamba View Post

Shove it the last slot on your mobo. I have the same sound card plugged in a full length PCIe X2 slot on my Rampage 4 Extreme between my GPUs and it works fine.

I can't because the coolers on the gpus cover the slot. The top one is the only available slot.
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post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by budgetcreep2012 View Post

I can't because the coolers on the gpus cover the slot. The top one is the only available slot.

Do you have the sound card on hand. If no I can take a picture of how mine looks (once I get home) and also measure the gap between the GPU and the Sound card as mine is right before the second GPU and I does look like a very close call.

Between its an awesome sound card.
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