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post #11 of 14
OK. Now I have seen your pictures.
As I have previously shown, the hot exhaust air from the bottom end of the 6990 will have 3 possible routes of escape. The route to the right produces the least hurt and the corresponding damage control can be implemented relatively easy.

My suggestions:- (see pic 1)
a) Install HD6990 to the 3rd PCIex16 slot. Lane speed is still x16. (see pic 5)

b) Install the 9600GT to the 1st PCIex16 slot.

c) Install a PCI slot cooler extractor to case slot 3's position. It will be responsible to intercept all hot air exhausted out from the 6990's bottom. Usually a PCI slot extractor is 4'' long. It is better to use a longer one, as close to the lower end of the 6990 as possible. So, Deep Cool's Xfan 5 is the best with length of 182mm (7.2''). It intake fan can suck air in 2 directions. See pic 2.

d) DIY (with cardboard paper?) an 'elbow'. It serves to block upward incoming air running directly against the hot air exhaust. It also serves the crucial purpose to divert the path of hot air to the right hand side and getting it close to the extractor fan.
See pics 3 and 4 for illustration.




post #12 of 14
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Woah, thanks for all the diagrams! Those will definitely come in handy.

My only problem is that I have an old X-Fi Xtremegamer on my only PCI slot. I am aware that only PCI-E slots 1 and 3 are x16 electrically. The PCI slot is directly below PCI-E slot 3. That was my primary reason for installing the card where it is.

I'm definitely considering getting an Xfan 5 later today though, as they're pretty cheap anyway.

As for the cardboard solution, would the strategic placement of something like an Antec Spot Cool help? Don't really like the interior of my case to look too ghetto, but I'll consider a clear plastic solution instead.

Thanks for all the help! Much deserved rep+.
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post #13 of 14
Three comments:-

1) If you wish not to use your onboard sound but to keep the X-Fi card on the PCI slot, there is a 'Plan B'. It is:- (see pic below)
a) Xfan 5 on case slot 1 position
b) HD6990 on 2nd PCIex16 slot
c) X-Fi card on PCI slot
d) 9600GT on last PCIex16 slot

I am not sure if this will produce thermal management for both HD6990 and for the entire case as good as the original Plan A. You have to try it out to see. If not, then you will have to choose between keeping the sound card (Plan B) or going for better thermal performance (Plan A).

One obstacle: you somehow have to enable Quad Graphics Card Mode so that the 2nd PCIex16 slot will be active for the HD6990 to use. I mean, the mobo will go into such mode if all 4 PCIex16 slots are occupied. But since this is not your case, I wonder if the mobo is smart enough to go into such mode when you have the 6990 inserted in 2nd slot. I do not seem to find anything about this from the mobo user manual.

One drawback: HD6990 on 2nd PCIe slot will run at x8 speed (perhaps causing a performance loss of 4-6%?)

2) I do not see a location where an Antec Spot Cool can make a significant contribution. Perhaps at a position where it assists the hot exhaust of 6990 to make that U-turn to rise up(?)

3) Using transparent plastic is a good alternative. I just mentioned strong cardboard paper because it is more easily available and easily shaped to the right configuration. If you have the tools, I imagine folding a small piece of metal would give a more professional look. You can even spray paint the metallic sheet to be black. Cool!

Edit 1:
Good to hear that you can buy Deep Cool products locally.
It is nice to be an Asian as there are just so many 'cool' products that you cannot find in North America.

Edited by windfire - 5/14/11 at 11:58pm
post #14 of 14
This is a common problem with those kinds of cases unfortunately. An easy solution would be to make a duct from the front of the gpu going to the cpu area of the case. Heres a quick pic I made that should help.
 
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