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Your cards are running very hot all things considered.

You haven't even overclocked them, personally I would say unless the cards are defective your case is the problem.
    
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Your cards are running very hot all things considered.

You haven't even overclocked them, personally I would say unless the cards are defective your case is the problem.
The Raven Case is designed for External Exhaust cards, so the redirection of air by the TFIII cooler that would have gone towards the front of the case in a normal case is actually fighting the case's airflow significantly. The Custom MSI Airflow bracket that actually decreases airflow (really? they had to carve their logo into it?) just compounds the issue in this case.

The Raven case line is awesome, but it limits the components you can have in it too much. OP, I'd say send back the TFIIIs and get EVGA reference cards (or 3GB cards). Get the lifetime warranty, get the most out of your case, and you have the option of watercooling later.

I'd also look into upgrading the fans located in your case, I know the stock Raven fans are pretty good, but I'm sure there are better fans.
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i sent my msi 560ti hawk back because of it was damn loud. Turning the fan speed down had it running too hot. Its the propellor blades they are using now. Yea they move more air, but man they are loud.


The heatsink itself is great, but those propellor blades are worse than hot garbage.
Typhoon style blades would have sufficed. Like they use in there twin frozr II products.

The twin frozr II is ten times quieter. IF you can sill return those cards, i suggest doing it and buying tf2 instead. Or a reference card so you can go water cooling later.

MSI GET YOUR **** TOGETHER.
Edited by AliceInChains - 5/2/11 at 8:48am
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well look maybe you should just buy a new case.If you can afford 2 new 580's u can surly buy a new case to water cool.
Down the road your case will be still useful.
I would really consider buying a new case.
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+1 to soundproofing your case
Thats not going to be noticeable, especially cause you have a window on your case. You will get used to it after a while. I run 2 GTX 260's with a zalman 9700 heat sink and 5 case fans I all so keep the door off the case for better cooling. You will get used to it.

What are your options?

1.Buy a after market heatsink (im sure they have a silent one for this card)
2.Buy a sound proof case
3.Buy water cooling
4.Make a profile witch will keep your fan speeds low when temps get high (if you set it up like that) and buy some good thermal paste
5.Move your computer across your room
6.get loud speakers
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Well, looks like you've given up on the H2O and exchanged your Lightnings for a pair of ref. boards from EVGA, so, this might just be a useless post for you. But, it might guide someone else in a similar predicament so, there it goes:

The problem you had was airflow.
580 Lightnings need exhaust when in SLI, and the Raven case, while great overall, is lacking in GPU exhaust. I have a pair of MSI 580GTX Lightnings and they are very quiet. Both my cards make less noise than my old faithful EVGA 480 GTX did alone(which was not amazing loud by itself but unbearable in SLI).
The trick for running cards that exhaust both inside and outside the case, is having a side fan blowing the hot air they generate to the outside of the case (colder air from a bottom fan or front-panel fan can then rush in, passively, to keep them fresh).

My lightnings run at: top card 78C, bottom 72C (ambient at 29C - summer is a b*** ) at stock speeds (832 core and 2100 mem, at 1 volt). They have a single slot of spacing between them, and I only use a regular 600 rpm exhaust fan from CoolerMaster as a side exhaust (inaudible at 600rpm with the system at load and kept at a silent 360rpm with system at idle, by a fan controller).
Also, a simple fan profile on MSI Afterburner helps avoiding unnecessary noise from the cards (if I leave the card's fans at auto, temps drop by 5C but noise becomes noticeable, if not bothersome).

Anyway, for the Raven case, ref. cooler probably give you better noise profiles at load and, since you're an audiophile, you must be happy with them.
Edited by Ulver - 8/7/11 at 5:21pm
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lower fan speed to maintain the proper overclock in AfterBurner.

Find the sweet spot @ noise/heat scaling. Generally, 50 to 55% fan speed should be comfortable enough in the 60 to 70c mark. Then test stability.

There's really no way around it. Sli set-ups are meant to be loud, but i have heard the MSI cards to be fairly easy on the spl, so this is pretty bizarre that it's sounding like a jet. Either crank up the volume on your headphone/speakers or lower fan speeds. There's really not much to discuss here. Putting pc in the cabinet door helps as well if your desk has one.
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lower fan speed to maintain the proper overclock in AfterBurner.

Find the sweet spot @ noise/heat scaling. Generally, 50 to 55% fan speed should be comfortable enough in the 60 to 70c mark. Then test stability.

There's really no way around it. Sli set-ups are meant to be loud, but i have heard the MSI cards to be fairly easy on the spl, so this is pretty bizarre that it's sounding like a jet. Either crank up the volume on your headphone/speakers or lower fan speeds. There's really not much to discuss here. Putting pc in the cabinet door helps as well if your desk has one.
This is an old thread. He already exchanged his Lightnings for 2 EVGA ref. cooler boards, apparently.
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Yup, I returned them to newegg for the EVGA ref's, and I'm quite happy to be honest. They only get SLIGHTLY loud when over 85c, which is hardly ever.

I did tinker with MSI AfterBurner A LOT, and I always thought that Raven cases were optical for air cooling? in any case, I'm quite happy now. To be honest I get the ref. cooling with the intention of doing some liquid cooling mods, but after listening to the (or lack-of) noise they produce, I was quite satisfied to keep it the way it is.
Edited by Scytus - 8/13/11 at 12:18am
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