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I was just wondering out of which ends this card actually exhausts out of?

Here a vid in which the reviewer turns it around so you guys can see.



Imagine it from a perspective with the card installed and you looking at it from the front of the case.

It exhausts outsiede case (so from the left side)
IT exhausts from the right side too
But does it also exhaust from the bootom and top?(meaning into the PCI slot?
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Out of both ends and the top i would think. the fans blow towards the card through the fins, and after that the air spreads out and vents into the case. Good airflow in the case should keep temps within an acceptable range.
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Out of both ends and the top i would think. the fans blow towards the card through the fins, and after that the air spreads out and vents into the case. Good airflow in the case should keep temps within an acceptable range.
Yeah in my case I will have 4x120mm top exhaust + 140mm rear exhaust + 140mm front intake.

That should be enough since TWFIII needs lot´s of exhaust

So the card won´t exhaust in the direction of the PCIE like for example the Gainward Phantom?
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Yeah in my case I will have 4x120mm top exhaust + 140mm rear exhaust + 140mm front intake.

That should be enough since TWFIII needs lot´s of exhaust

So the card won´t exhaust in the direction of the PCIE like for example the Gainward Phantom?
It might, id actually have to get my mitts on one to be absolutely sure. Go find some pictures on the net of one and look at the area above the slot connector and see if it is open or not.
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It exhausts from everywhere as its an almost completely open design...
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Yeah, it exhausts everywhere. I took the side panel off my case for now to see how it runs, and I get 32c idle, and about 60-65c on load.
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post #7 of 25
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That isn´t good because it will exhaust into the southbridge heatsink.
I got the X58A-OC and PCIE Slot 1 /Slot 3 are 16x Lanes.

Where should I put the Lightning?



Also here my case the Little Devil V8 just imagine the watercooling stuff wasn´t there^^
The fans would be in that position .
1x140mm rear exhaust
4x120mm top exhaust
1x140mm front intake

would that be ok for the Lighting?

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Honestly you can put the Lightning wherever you want. With the airflow setup you are speaking about a little bit of heat on either northbridge or southbridge shouldn't cause any issues. Now if you were talking about running a Lightning in a small mid tower case with no airflow then you'd have problems.
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Originally Posted by blackbalt89 View Post
Honestly you can put the Lightning wherever you want. With the airflow setup you are speaking about a little bit of heat on either northbridge or southbridge shouldn't cause any issues. Now if you were talking about running a Lightning in a small mid tower case with no airflow then you'd have problems.
Nice flame rise there
And nicer Avatar too

Yeah the kicker with my case is though that I only have 800-1000RPM Bitfenix Spectre fans installed ...and they do push good air because of the sichel fan design but they still don´t have enough pressure to creat serious airflow.

But the setup of the fans should be alright ?
More exhaust then intake is necessary with the Lightning right?

Also yeah if installed it in the top slot the southbridge heatsink might eat a little exhaust heat if the card really also exhausts into the PCI slot direction.

And if I put it into the 3rd slot down I can´t install my sound card anymore without it blocking air for the Lightning.

Dilemma^^

BTW(is it ok to install soundcards into PCI Express 8x also or do they need normal PCI?)
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post #10 of 25
Its really not going to matter in terms of heat where you put the Lightning. You look to have good airflow in your case (I would keep most of the fans exhausting, yes). As far as the sound card is concerned, I'm not sure. I've never used one...
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