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post #1 of 12
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Hey everyone! Quick question:

I am ordering the last of the parts for my new build, now that my 900D is here! I have an Asus Maximus V Formula, and two MSI 7970 TF3 OC that will be in crossfire.

I have two EK reference 7970 blocks with backplates, and I want to connect them with a solid bridge similar to the one in the picture below:



I'm confused about which part I need.On EK's site their PDF that lists compatibility and applications isn't opening or working, so I'm flying blind at the moment. It does say on some motherboards you need the 3-way bridge, since the PCIe slots are further away than on other boards, but is that the case with my M5F?

I just want to make sure I'm ordering the right part to avoid returns and hassle. Any help would be awesome, thanks! thumb.gif
post #2 of 12
You will need the following: http://www.ekwb.com/shop/blocks/vga-blocks/multiple-block-connectivity/fc-bridges-links/ek-fc-bridge-dual-serial-3-slot.html
    
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Wow, thanks for the fast response! Ordering now! Rep for you...thumb.gif
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post #5 of 12
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Oh, good call...thanks!!
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Again, just to be sure: Your blocks look like this?



Or like this?



If the latter then follow my advice otherwise you'll need CSQ compatible bridges
    
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post #7 of 12
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They are the silver\black like the first one...

So which bridge do I need? I have time to change my order from Frozencpu..so no worries.
post #8 of 12
Geez its good he asked

The CSQ blocks use CSQ bridges

you need a dual three slot in either serial or parrallel. The bridge links are included with your original block on the newer version.

http://www.ekwb.com/shop/blocks/vga-blocks/multiple-block-connectivity/fc-connection-parts/ek-fc-bridge-dual-serial-3-slot-csq.html

http://www.ekwb.com/shop/blocks/vga-blocks/multiple-block-connectivity/fc-connection-parts/ek-fc-bridge-dual-parallel-3-slot-csq.html
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post #9 of 12
The bridges go by the distance between slots on the motherboard, as long you choose the right one it does not matter if you go with CSQ or standard range. From the aesthetic point of view it is better to choose CSQ bridge for CSQ block and standard bridge for standard block.
If you mobo has got just one PCIEx1 between your PCIEx16 in which you have got the HD 7970 plugged in then you should go with 2 slots design.
If your mobo has got 2 PCIEx1 between PCIEx16 the 3 slots design.
Parallel or Serial does not make much difference...
Edited by chrisf4lc0n - 5/23/13 at 9:51am
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post #10 of 12
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It has two between them, so I need the 3 slot design I believe. Thanks guys...no big deal I can just call and change the order.
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