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post #11 of 28
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I can confirm it was the first card, not the second that is overheating, my bad. Here is a picture of the spacing. Image: http://imgur.com/4nTru
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post #12 of 28
Temps look normal to me for two gtx 580s that are practically riding each other. Although you do have DirectCUIIs which should do better than the temps that you're getting even though they are hugging each other.

Have you increased the fan speed to as high as it goes or made a custom fan profile with afterburner or something yet?

As for me I have two PNY GTX 580s and they aren't as thick as those Asus cards but my temps never hit more than low 80s with a custom fan profile, seems to me with your better coolers even though they are closer cards you shouldn't be getting temps that bad. And yes my top card runs hotter too, which is probably a combination of placement and the fact that the monitors are run out of the top card.

Only thing I can really think of (besides high ambient temps) is that the directCU coolers are somehow sucking hot air from the other card leading to incredibly high temps. As for the stock coolers they exhaust pretty much all the air out the back of my case.
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post #13 of 28
Yep, reference cards are actually better for SLI, aftermarket is more suited to single GPU.
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Well that's pretty ironic, my thought was a larger cooler would result in better SLI performance (this is my first build, keep in mind). I will try adjusting fan speeds in afterburner later tonight. On idle the cards read 35C and 32C respectively, but when under sustained loads the first card stays a consistent 20C higher than the second. As I said in the first post this does not affect gaming but I am concerned if this will affect the lifespan of my card.
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post #15 of 28
The overheating card is probably throttling down in order to keep from shutdown. Which is not why you paid extra for an overclocked card with an advanced cooler.

If you can return it without a fee I would do that since reference cards will yield better performance if your need to place them next to each other.

I went through the same thing.

http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/1051217-gtx-580-3-way-sli-overheat-2.html
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post #16 of 28
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Thank you for the thread tlr3715, like you I have wanted to build the ultimate PC for quite sometime, and only recently had enough money for that goal to become viable. If all other suggestions fail I will return the cards or sell on ebay. Ultimately I think it is my fault for purchasing 2 massive cards and not having the foresight to realize one will cook the other.
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post #17 of 28
I bet it tells you to do just that in the manual... which I think is complete horse $***.

These manufacturers cannot expect their consumers to consult sites like this before purchase. That's what the requirements section on the back of boxes are for. They could simply add one line "In order to utilize SLI ensure at least one empty PCI slot exists between each card." Then take those damn pictures with the cards all lined up out of the manuals... then I could call it fair if I chose to ignore and cook my cards.

I think I'll try something a little "out of the box" to help get the word out because I'm seeing more and more people on this site getting ripped off trying to create a 2/3 way SLI rig...
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post #18 of 28
I would still check the sinks...

swap cards as mentioned and see what temps you get then run them independantly, if the one is still out to lunch replace TIM and retest.

I would also place some active cooling directly into the intakes best you can
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post #19 of 28
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Okay I just swapped the cards, card 1 (formerly 2) is running at 97C, while card 2 is running at 76C. This leads me to conclude it's not a problem with the cards but a problem with the setup in general.
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You bet it is!
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