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Why haven't GPUs gone triple-slot?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Quartz, May 22, 2019.

  1. Quartz


    Joined: Apr 1, 2014

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    Location: Aberdeen

    High end GPUs are one of the greatest consumers of power in your PC. CPU air coolers can be huge. But GPU air coolers are not. So why haven't high end GPU coolers gone triple or even quad slot?
  2. Glanza


    Joined: Mar 13, 2007

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    Location: South Yorkshire

    You can get triple slot cooled gpus already :confused:
  3. TheRealDeal


    Joined: May 28, 2007

    Posts: 9,253

    My last 2 gpu's have been triple slot. Bother powercolor which were 290 pcs+ and Vega 64 Red Devil.
  4. subbytna


    Joined: Oct 22, 2008

    Posts: 8,866

    Location: Belfast

    Triple slot fans/gpu coolers are already here squire :confused:
  5. Rossi~


    Joined: Nov 5, 2010

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    My GTX580 Matrix Platinum was triple slot.
    I’d rather not go there again.

    AIBs give a good range of choice usually.
  6. StriderX


    Joined: Mar 18, 2008

    Posts: 19,740

    Triple slot is surely just ‘looooool waste of space kthxbai gimme $1000 pls’.
  7. Brazo

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Apr 22, 2016

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    Triple slot 2070 here!
  8. Gerard


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  9. Scania


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    Triple slot GTX 580 years back and currently a triple slot 1080ti.....
  10. varkanoid


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    As above but quad slot would be just stupid as they need airflow too not just big coolers. Bigger coolers are not a good selling point, can droop the card without support to hold them up and would need a big case. Also dont forget no point if you watercool it ! A high end gpu as you say cries out for water cooling if you are that way inclined not a massive cooler.
  11. LePhuronn


    Joined: Sep 26, 2010

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    The Turing cards from EVGA is the first time I've seen triple slot as a standard. Before that it was niche cards like the Titan Z and ultra high-end SKUs like Asus Matrix Platinum. But yeah, triple slot coolers have been a thing for a long time now.
  12. bru


    Joined: Oct 21, 2002

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    Location: kent

    I'm a bit surprised we haven't seen multislot cards with a fake PCIe fingers to fit into another slot for stability.
  13. Nasher


    Joined: Nov 22, 2006

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    I 3D printed a bracket for stability :D
  14. LuckyBenski


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    Interesting idea but what about motherboards that have nothing/PCI/only an x1 slot?

    If they're were optional/removable that'd be pretty sensible. Like a side panel on the shroud.
  15. dazzerd

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Mar 14, 2007

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    Why can't we have single slot again please. Especially for water-cooling I remember have a pair of gtx 480 with a slim xspc razor blocks very nice and very compact.
  16. LePhuronn


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    Because there are too many connectors to fit on a single row, especially when DVI is still supported.
  17. Quartz


    Joined: Apr 1, 2014

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    Location: Aberdeen

    Vertical cases for the win!
  18. Tom B


    Joined: Oct 20, 2007

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    Most, if not all, EK blocks are single slot. I actually wonder whether performance would be better if EK didn't impose that restriction.
  19. Skully178


    Joined: May 22, 2019

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    There's 2.5 slot ones as well
  20. Grim5

    Wise Guy

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    It's like saying would performance be better if my radiator was bigger etc. I'm pretty sure yes the performance would be better if the block was bigger. (to a point, it's not a linear scale, at some point you'll hit the limit of how fast heat can transfer off the die and after that the limit of how fast heat was transfer off water and then the limit of your room tempreture). The first limit is probably why the blocks are quite thin - EKWB probably has testing that suggests making the blocker thicker doesn't make too much difference due to limitations in how fast heat transfers off the die

    As for air coolers, I'd be super keen on a quad slot card - doesn't matter if I need a bracket to hold it up, single card owners have almost no use for the other slots under neath so may as well use up that space, just like giant noctua cpu coolers do
    Last edited: May 23, 2019