Yesterday I got the parts for a new computer!
I got an Asus Rampage II Extreme motherboard, an i7 processor and a Ati 4890 graphics card.
Now the motherboard is supposed to be triple-SLI, that is, it can take up to three graphics cards. Yeah, sure. Modern graphics cards are “double wide”, so the first card covers completely the “short” PCIe slot next to it and half of the full size PCIe port where the second card is supposed to be fitted. And the third port is so low that there’s not enough clearance unless you have some modified case or a really tiny card.
So in essence if you want to use the triple-SLI feature you’ll need three shitty, old-style thin graphics cards, which kinda defies the whole purpose.
Also, the Rampage II motherboard has an external audio card that hooks on the topmost slot, right next to the graphics card. This picture here shows the audio card inserted: http://www.tcmagazine.com/images/news/Hardware/Asus_Rampage_II_Extreme_07.jpg
Normally, the clearance between the audio and graphics cards is something like 2mm. But my graphics card has also heatsinks on the back side, so it was impossible to insert the audio card with the graphics card in place :smack: I was about to return the parts when I realized that the thing on the audio card is just a cover held by some screws. I removed the cover and the actual card is rather thin, which made it fit easily.
I don’t see why they can’t make the spacing between expansion ports wider so you don’t have to waste three of them with a single card :rolleyes: