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post #11 of 117
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Originally Posted by yellowtoblerone;14003579 
Options:
- reapply tim on first card
- switch cards around to see if same problem persists
- mod your case for better air flow and cooling
- lower your ambient inside your house
- go water, but stay away from ek blocks.

Question:
What's the speed of your fan when it goes over 97c?

EK blocks are still good, its just the Nickel plated ones that have problems, and you cant get these anymore.
post #12 of 117
Well like I said, try switching 1st and 3rd card. If that card also gets hot and you crash, its most likely not the cards, but airflow issue and your overheating.
post #13 of 117
it does sound like one card is a problem, test all of them individually, then come back. pm me if need be, i have been through a few graphics cards with problems, so i am no graphics idiot, but i do not claim to be an expert either aha.
    
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post #14 of 117
Try tilting the top card as far away from the second card as possible without risking damage to the PCI-e slot, fan blowing into the gap between the cards. I know you tried this but literally have it flush with the cards if you didn't already, it's a tight gap usually and it'll need to force the air in.
Other than that maybe it's a defective card, if not you could try an aftermarket air cooler or cooling one or all of your cards.
If you do consider watercooling GPU only blocks actually work very well and are cheaper than full cover blocks in general if you're trying to save money.
There's probably other ways to maximise airflow to the cards but aside from an intake on the side I can't think of much.
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post #15 of 117
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why do you need three cards? are you running a surround setup? if you arent, one card is better than multiple cards.

if you are running a surround setup, get MSI Lightning Xtremes =)
In what way is one card superior to tri-sli as far as performance??


Realistically I wouldnt think that the 580 would shut down at 97. As mentioned I would attempt to switch the cards and if that isnt the problem look into case cooling solutions. Going water is going to be really rather expensive.
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post #16 of 117
97C is exactly the thermal limit on the GF110 so that's exactly where I'd expect it to shut down.
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Isn't Aspire some crappy case maker with low airflow? Grab a HAF-X.
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post #18 of 117
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I switched cards #1 and #3 and had the same thermal results.

I tured the case on its side (so there is no top card) and opened it while I let Rift run and I recorded the follwing temps at intervals:

Card #1 (previously #3) 86, 87, 88, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95

Card #2 (same) 78, 79, 79, 81, 82, 83, 83, 83, 84

Card #3 (previously #1) 68, 68, 68, 69, 70, 70, 70, 70, 70

I closed out of the game at 95C because I knew where this was going...

This is definately an air flow issue between the cards that have their fans facing another GPU. I would assume card #2 would continue to increase until shutdown as well since it is between the other GPUs.

Some people suggested new cases. The HAF X looks interesting, but does anyone believe this would solve this problem, or would I be wasting $200?
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post #19 of 117
try switching cards around, if doesnt work try putting something better the cards bend the pcb a little bit so that the top card and get some air to the cooler.
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try switching cards around, if doesnt work try putting something better the cards bend the pcb a little bit so that the top card and get some air to the cooler.
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