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Website doesn't say whether video card is single slot?


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#1 skymaster191

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 08:33 PM

I am probably going to buy this video card off the Newegg site: XFX HD-577X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770. How can I tell if it is single slot? It doesn't say on the website, and I don't know if I can tell for sure by looking at the picture.

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 09:01 PM

Dual slot, all you need is to look at the picture. It plugs into a single PCIE x16 slot but will take up 2.

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 09:13 PM

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 09:51 PM

I think I understand now. Dual slot means it plugs into a single PCIe X 16 slot. But because of the extra wide faceplate (with two rows of I/O ports)and large cooler, it covers over the PCI slot right next to it.

Am I correct?

My co-worker told me to make sure I get single slot. I guess each video card model doesn't come with a corresponding single and dual slot version. I guess my question is, can you absolutely tell in each picture whether card is single or dual slot? I'm surprised the website doesn't specify single or dual slot on the specs or overview for each model

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 10:28 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150501

On the lower end/lower power cards they are often offered in 1 or 2 slot configs. It is not a big concern as almost all motherboards and cases (of recent manufacture) are made to accomodate 2 slot cards/coolers. Generally a 2 slot setup is recommended as it tends to direct some of the heat out of the case. The only time you really worry about 2 slot vs 1 slot is if you need the slot below for another expansion card.

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 11:49 PM

Many cards come in both single and dual slot, you are correct. If you are in a tight case, or have a lot of expansion cards, single slot cards are best because they take up the least amount of room, however, my personal preference is the dual slot cards because they offer better cooling which extends both the life of the card as well as your computer (hot card also heats the computer up) So if you have the room for the dual slot my recomendation is to get a dual slot card.

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 09:03 AM

Cool. Thanks for your input




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