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HAF X sidepanel fan with MSI Lightning 580

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Was wondering if a Lightning 580 card would be able to fit inside the HAF X case with the sidepanel fan still installed. I'm a little worried that the increased PCB width + heatpipe might interfere with the sidepanel fan, and I would have to end up uninstalling it.

I was actually just about to pull the trigger on this card too, on newegg. But then the thought kind of just popped into my head, and I wanted to make sure that it wouldn't be a problem or anything before buying the card. If it does end up being a problem, I think I'll end up having to go with another card instead.
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Originally Posted by wubikens;13437341 
Was wondering if a Lightning 580 card would be able to fit inside the HAF X case with the sidepanel fan still installed. I'm a little worried that the increased PCB width + heatpipe might interfere with the sidepanel fan, and I would have to end up uninstalling it.

I was actually just about to pull the trigger on this card too, on newegg. But then the thought kind of just popped into my head, and I wanted to make sure that it wouldn't be a problem or anything before buying the card. If it does end up being a problem, I think I'll end up having to go with another card instead.

I just did a search and I seem to have found a few people with HAF X's with the 580 Lightening installed. You shouldn't have a problem.
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Originally Posted by Doogiehouser;13437410 
I just did a search and I seem to have found a few people with HAF X's with the 580 Lightening installed. You shouldn't have a problem.

Ah, okay. Good to hear, thanks.

If you don't mind my asking though, where did you look? I tried searching all over google and youtube, looking for people with the HAF X and 580 Lightning, but couldn't find anything. Could only find people using the reference 580 cards.
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Originally Posted by wubikens;13437446 
Ah, okay. Good to hear, thanks.

If you don't mind my asking though, where did you look? I tried searching all over google and youtube, looking for people with the HAF X and 580 Lightning, but couldn't find anything. Could only find people using the reference 580 cards.

No problem. I just used google and a few cases came up. Here's one example I found :
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I also got my self a GTX580 Lightning (nice card) but between the two motherboards then I'll say that the Deluxe board will be the better choice since GTX580 Lightning will take 2 slots and there is a little more free room on the deluxe to make the card "breath". You also need to remember to have a good case with good airflow. I've a Haf X and my GTX580 Lightning idle at 29-30 and load about 50-52 with about 50-53% fan speed and thats without overclocking. I think it doesn't matter what motherboard you're gonna pick because one of the card will get about 7-10C more than the other card.

Is the soundcard really nessecary? Because if you don't have a good Speaker Setup then the onboard sound is good, no need to get a soundscard : D

I would still do some more searching, and I'll see if I can find more out. So don't base your decision solely on this(Because for all we know they could have removed the cooler on the side panel). Hopefully someone comes in this thread with actual experience with using these two together.
Edited by Doogiehouser - 5/8/11 at 11:51pm
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Originally Posted by Doogiehouser;13437507 
I would still do some more searching, and I'll see if I can find more out. So don't base your decision solely on this(Because for all we know they could have removed the cooler on the side panel). Hopefully someone comes in this thread with actual experience with using these two together.

Yeah, trying to do as much last-minute research as possible on this. These two things are what planted the seed of doubt in my mind...

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKxXibgWmbI"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKxXibgWmbI[/ame]

In that video, the guy is using a reference 580 card. When he opens up the case, you can kind of see how far out the width of the card goes, and how close it probably is to that sidefan.

http://images.hardwarecanucks.com/image//skymtl/GPU/GTX-580-LIGHTNING/LARGE/GTX-580-LIGHTNING-18.jpg

This is an image from the hardwarecanucks review of the Lightning card, where they compare the reference to the Lightning in size. "The Lightning is both longer and wider than the reference GTX 580" is what they mentioned below the picture. So yeah, that part has me a bit worried. lol

But yeah, hopefully someone with these two things together can come in here and clear this up.
post #6 of 8
I dont have the same case but I have a 120mm in the side of mine and it just clears it by a couple MM lol.
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I'm sure you'll be fine.
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It'll be fine, especially with just the fan. If you need more room you can remove the fan shroud/duct and gain a couple more inches.
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