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I dunno if this was answered already as I have no time to check, as i'm in a rush to type this message before my parents yell at me to come help them with something, however, a GTX 580 (Don't know what manufacturer's cards were tested for this result sorry) in SLI will be making around 49.2dBA worth of noise. I'm not too good with sound levels ect, but doing a few searches showed that that should be loud like some air blowers. (Again, i'm in a rush and didn't get too see what type of blowers they were and how big they were)

I suggest maybe bringing up some charts of your GPX card in SLI and look at how much noise it should be making, then compare it to what yours is making. Hope all goes well.
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I'm surprised you had this issue that you couldn't find a balance of GPU temps and noise because you did have an open slot between them right?
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Your nuts my friend , my lightnings are dead quite
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can you change a case maybe ?

a silent case will solve the problem...

except it I cant belive the Lightning is more noisy then the stock GTX580

my stock GTX580 fan at 85% make over 4000RPM and is super noisy...
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I'm surprised you had this issue that you couldn't find a balance of GPU temps and noise because you did have an open slot between them right?
No my GPU's are seperated with 2 PCI-E slots in between them.

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Your nuts my friend , my lightnings are dead quite
At idle my lightnings were dead quiet, was quite nice...but when it passed 60% fan speed was when I was really bothered; and this was after tinkering the fan profiles as much as I could. (65% and up sounded like jet engines)

I'm starting to think the RV01 is just not optimal for cards that blow hot air inside, as the lightnings got hot pretty quick.


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can you change a case maybe ?

a silent case will solve the problem...

except it I cant belive the Lightning is more noisy then the stock GTX580

my stock GTX580 fan at 85% make over 4000RPM and is super noisy...
I believe the highest fan speed my GTX580's go is 65%, and that's when really stressed out, I use the preset settings of EVGA's precision on my 580's; I WAS going to tinker with the fan settings, but I noticed it was quite perfect with the way it handled it on default.
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I have a pair 580GTX lightnings in SLI and they are VERY quiet
Fan speed never goes above 55% and temps on the top card are never above 82C (with ambient temps at 31C - hot summer ). Bottom card is usually 5C below the top's temp.

Most silent SLI setup I've ever had (and believe me, I had my share).

Your problem is basically your case.
Not that there is something wrong with it, it was simply not made for internally exhausting videocards. Thats all.
The problem is that, all the internally exhausting videocards depend on the card being in the horizontal and, in the Raven's they stay in the vertical (right?).
Therefore the cooler becomes less efficient and it must spin faster.

It is therefore ideal for reference coolers, since the air on those moves from the front fan to the back of the card (which is on top in your case).


Edited by Ulver - 8/14/11 at 4:41am
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No my GPU's are seperated with 2 PCI-E slots in between them.

Okay but being that these are two slot cards only one open slot between them right? This is a trick question because I already know what your mobo looks like.

Ulver what makes you think that internally exhausting cards are dependent on them being horizontal?
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post #58 of 72
me myself had a msi gtx 560 ti hawk, also with the TF III design. I never returned a card that quickly. My 560Ti TF II is so much quieter.

60% and up fan speed on that TF III made my pc sound like a jet engine, just horrible. Simply couldn't enjoy games
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Okay but being that these are two slot cards only one open slot between them right? This is a trick question because I already know what your mobo looks like.

Ulver what makes you think that internally exhausting cards are dependent on them being horizontal?
Actually, is one of those dumb generalizations and might not (probably is not) true for all card that exhaust internally.
Lightnings need to be in the horizontal though.
Due to the positioning of the fin array and the fans, the air is split in the middle of the card and it flows left and right in the longest axis (but not towards the pci slot of the other side of the card).
If the lighting is put vertically (with the back of the case turned upwards) the gpu will receive hot air that has flowed upwards through convection from the VRMS and part of the RAMs to the gpu area, at the top of the card.
Furthermore, the air available for the fan immediately over gpu will be hotter air that has accumulated on the top (back of the case) or that is exhausting through that area.

I've tested part of this and seen it discussed elsewhere (windfire explained me about it also, in another thread).
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Okay well I respect windfire's advice and value his opinion but I have to disagree that this makes a difference that is even worth considering. From my experience the vast majority of air exhausting by the Lightning is in the direction of the sidepanel.
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