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Zalman VF3000F for 480 SLI

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Is it possible in a Antec 1200 case? If not I'll try water cooling in a year.
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This is not the issue with the case. It's the issue with the motherboard

since cooler makes the card 3 slot and the screws in the back of the card that comes with vf300f kinda protrude?(not sure about the spelling)

not sure you can do it...

I've seen Arctic cooling accelero being done on this forum I think. Maybe look at that instead.

-EDIT-

also you may want to look at a power supply around 850 watt if you are going SLI.

Just my tower takes close to 500 watt(although in real i think its more like 350 with 80% efficeincy) Anyway I think 650 is pushing it.
Edited by dagan - 5/26/11 at 5:39pm
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Oh I am getting a 850W PSU no worries! Thanks for the info, I wish it could work but maybe water will be in my future.
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I've seen people using SPARKLE calibre gtx 480 in SLI
Here is the link to that thread

these cards uses arctic cooling accelero here

The link is plus II version whihc includes the kit for gtx 480

regular version is here which needs VR004 kit purchased separtely
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Short answer: Antec 1200 is possible.


Long answer:
1. Zalman VF3000F on a GTX480 is a 3-slot setup. See pic 1.

2. Motherboard EVGA X58 E760 has good PCIe slot layout. See pic 2 for a simulation. Card 1 will be installed to topmost slot. Card 2 to be installed on the 3rd PCIe slot (ie slot '6' shown in the pic). This leaves one empty slot in between the 2 cards for ventilation.

3. The lower card will extend beyond the bottom edge of the motherboard. Usually this calls for an 8th PCI slot case opening for ventilation. However, as pic 1 shows, VF3000F on GTX480 does not need that slot opening for ventilation. So, this passes.

4. The final check is that there is ample space between the lower edge of the motherboard and the top of the PSU, allowing ample space for ventilation for the lower card. See blue arrow in pic 3.

In short, Antec 1200 should work, but might not thermal optimally as there is a challenge ahead.

One end note:-
But I give a head start of a challenge coming ahead. As the VF3000F intakes cold air and exhausts hot air in its own way, you need to devise a cold air supply path as well as an exhaust hot air escape route for the 2 cards. As pic 4 shows, VF3000F dumps heat via its top (and bottom) side, as dictated by the orientation of its fin structure.

Edit 1: I would usually recommend a 'top-exhaust' approach to handle cards dumping heat inside a case. But as the VF3000F does not dump via its front (and rear) but on its side, this calls for a different approach. I would not go too far off topic here to discuss that approach here and now and would rather wait until later on another thread.




Edited by windfire - 5/26/11 at 8:56pm
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