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Still not clear on how to to identify single-slot and dual-slot video cards

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#1 skymaster191


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Posted 19 January 2011 - 10:04 AM

I'm still not completely clear on the definition of single-slot and dual-slot video cards. A few sources online were saying that 1.5 inch thick is dual-slot. Bu then I also saw 1.5 inch thick cards that were described as single-slot. And you can't alwaty tell by the product photos.

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 10:26 AM

I had thought that your other topic regarding this topic had cleared the mystery up.

When you install a card in a slot of a motherboard there is a tab that seats into the back plate and is secured by a screw (usually) on the other end. dual-slot cards have two of these tabs.

As The_Patriot09 explained in your other topic, this initially was an accurate description as the dual-slot card would cover two slots. But with the advent of the larger cards the industry has spaced the slots out so that you don't lose the use of a slot when using these cards.

One tab, single-slot.

Two tabs, dual-slot.

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#3 skymaster191

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 12:45 PM

Ok, the 'tab' explanation clears it up. I must have missed this on the previous explanation. Thanks for your patience. This sufficiently explains it.

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