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Will this GPU fit in this case?

I am planning to get the NZXT H440 case black and red, but I am not entirely sure of the card I should get. I will either get the MSI gaming x (matching the red and black scheme) or I can get the monstrously huge Gigabyte xtreme aurus edition. The problem is that the Aurus is better, but is only
8 mm within the maximum GPU size. I may want to SLI in the future so keep that in mind

My question is: Will a nearly too big gpu affect cooling/ airflow more than a smaller one? What about in SLI? By how much?
https://www.nzxt.com/products/h440-black-red

based on this, which do you guys think I should get? (If you think the MSI is better, don't account for the price difference. I have found the MSI to be around the same price in other places than newegg)

Aurus xtreme edition:
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125942

MSI gamng x:
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127943&cm_re=msi_gaming_x-_-14-127-943-_-Product
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    The H440 supports GPUs up to 15.98" without the drive cages. To the best of my knowledge, there is no 1080 that is longer than that - so you're fine with either the Aurus or MSI.

    There are pros/cons to bigger/smaller GPUs. Smaller can be limited in cooling, larger take up space.
    SLI in most cases will impact the cooling performance of at least one card (the one which is pulling it's ;'fresh' air from the back of the other card!). "How much" is difficult to answer, and will depend on the card specifics, spacing of the PCIe slots on the motherboard and overall air temps/cooling in the case itself.

    The Gigabyte card has the higher base & boost clocks - it should perform better.
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  2. Barty1884 said:
    The H440 supports GPUs up to 15.98" without the drive cages. To the best of my knowledge, there is no 1080 that is longer than that - so you're fine with either the Aurus or MSI.

    There are pros/cons to bigger/smaller GPUs. Smaller can be limited in cooling, larger take up space.
    SLI in most cases will impact the cooling performance of at least one card (the one which is pulling it's ;'fresh' air from the back of the other card!). "How much" is difficult to answer, and will depend on the card specifics, spacing of the PCIe slots on the motherboard and overall air temps/cooling in the case itself.

    The Gigabyte card has the higher base & boost clocks - it should perform better.


    I don't want to remove the HDD cages though. If The cages aren't removed, is the gigabyte still better?
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  3. Leaving the drive cages in cuts your GPU length max to 11.57"

    The Gigabyte is 11.54", so JUST fits. The MSI is 10.98"

    Since both still fit - yes, the Gigabyte is still the 'better' card IMO, provided prices are similar.
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