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Is the reference 6850/70/6950/70, GTX 560 Ti/570/580 my only option for a RV02-E?

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Hey,

I'd like to pick up a graphics card that's great for cooling but is also quiet. I'm thinking a 6950, but the case I have and want is an RV02-E.

The question is, are there any non reference cards out there that blow air out the top since the RV02-E has a 90 degree rotation of the motherboard. And, this card would have to have heat-sinks that will work fine at that angle.

I know cards like the DirectCU II and TwinFrozr II, etc., blow air out the side (bad for this case) and have heat-sinks that don't work well at the vertical angle they are in this case... but, is there any card that doesn't have these problems? Or am I restricted to reference cards only?
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'Reference' means the design used by AMD/Nvidia in their official release.
So, in this definition, reference GTX560 Ti is still not a very good card to go with RV02-E for optimum cooling performance because it exhausts heat both via the front and the rear. The third (bottom) card in pic 1 below is exactly such a card.

Instead, you are limited to 'front-centrifugal-fan-intake-and-rear-exhaust' design, which is better termed as 'traditional' (vs 'reference').

Note the reference HD6850/70 and HD6950/70 use a design that is almost traditional because there is a small vent at the rear top of the cards (see red circle in pic 2). This small vent still releases a small amount of heat inside the case. This small vent is necessary because the card's rear slot exhaust is not full height but only half height (green circle). And the reason for this is because the cards have more output ports (to allow
Eyefinity).

Note also the reference GTX570/580 also have this rear top vent (see pic 3). Even though the GTX570/580 has full slot height rear exhaust, Nvidia still makes this provision. The reason, I believe, is for extra heat dissipation.

Volume of hot air coming out from HD6950/70's small vent will be more than that from GTX570/580 because the internal airflow structure of the AMD pair actually forces some air to come out via that small opening while Nvidia pair have free flow internal design.
But, IMHO, regardless of either design, this amount of hot air will not be too much and you can easily improvise to get rid of it, relatively easily.

I hope this helps you to make a wiser card choice.


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'Reference' means the design used by AMD/Nvidia in their official release.
So, in this definition, reference GTX560 Ti is still not a very good card to go with RV02-E for optimum cooling performance because it exhausts heat both via the front and the rear. The third (bottom) card in pic 1 below is exactly such a card.

Instead, you are limited to 'front-centrifugal-fan-intake-and-rear-exhaust' design, which is better termed as 'traditional' (vs 'reference').

Note the reference HD6850/70 and HD6950/70 use a design that is almost traditional because there is a small vent at the rear top of the cards (see red circle in pic 2). This small vent still releases a small amount of heat inside the case. This small vent is necessary because the card's rear slot exhaust is not full height but only half height (green circle). And the reason for this is because the cards have more output ports (to allow
Eyefinity).

Note also the reference GTX570/580 also have this rear top vent (see pic 3). Even though the GTX570/580 has full slot height rear exhaust, Nvidia still makes this provision. The reason, I believe, is for extra heat dissipation.

Volume of hot air coming out from HD6950/70's small vent will be more than that from GTX570/580 because the internal airflow structure of the AMD pair actually forces some air to come out via that small opening while Nvidia pair have free flow internal design.
But, IMHO, regardless of either design, this amount of hot air will not be too much and you can easily improvise to get rid of it, relatively easily.

I hope this helps you to make a wiser card choice.
Mmm, I see. Thank you very much! I'll keep that in mind... "traditional" design.
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