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My MoBo is a: Gigabyte GA-880GA-UD3H

as you can tell from this picture:

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the two PCI-e x16 slots are not next to each other, but every decent graphics card nowadays is two slots wide.

So if I bought an Nvidia GTX 550ti or another graphics card that is two slots wide, does it actually have to be connected to two slots?

If it does, can you suggest any powerful graphics card that doesn't take up two slots?

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That "Turbo3D" on the board looks like a bad shoop. –  Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Apr 25 '12 at 4:18
    
What does Shoop mean? –  Mark Kramer Apr 25 '12 at 4:30

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So if I bought [a] graphics card that is two slots wide, does it actually have to be connected to two slots?

No. It still only has one connector. It's that the cooling hardware requires two slots worth of space.

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I can't believe how little I knew about hardware when I asked this question... –  Mark Kramer May 1 '13 at 8:27
    
@MarkKramer: We all start somewhere; the only difference is that I started a decade and a half earlier ;) –  Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams May 17 '13 at 7:44

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