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Asus STX right next to GTX480 Safe?

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Hey, I didn't really think of it at first but the way my mobo is setup (gigabyte p55-ud4p) I have the gtx480 in the 16x slot and the pci-e 1x is 2 down from the gtx480 and because its a 2slot card, that's the next available slot. I have the STX in that 1x slot and there is maybe 1/8" between the 2 cards. I could move the STX into the 8x slot and that would give me about 1" of space but bc of my mobo that would make the gtx480 drop down to 8x. I realize there's not much of a frame drop between 8x and 16x and would rather have the STX safer than have those extra 4fps.

I have dual monitors so my gtx480 idles at 60c, compared to 42c when I just had a single monitor, which is really the cause for my concern, that card is always hot now. In my mind idling at 42c seemed a lot cooler haha. In games it rarely will get past 80c and I have a good amount of airflow to keep that fermi in check biggrin.gif When 80c is "in check" lol you know something isn't right.

So after all this my question is just can the Asus STX handle all that heat being pumped out right beside it? Or is it a safer bet to move it over to the next 8x slot and give it more breathing room from the gtx480? Thanks guy!

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I'd move it if its not a problem..
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can you get your STX exchanged to an ST? cuz st uses pci and from what i've been reading here st is better just a suggestion cuz you said your gpu idles at 60°C which is kinda high. I live in Cali and when it's 95+°C here my gpu idles at 45°C. And it gets real hot in the afternoon in my room, cuz my window is on the east side and I mean really hot.
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I would have to sell the STX first to get an ST just because I've had the STX for awhile now. I don't have to deal with Cali heat haha I live in NH, but I guess my pc components like the environment. I agree though I have heard the ST performs better, whether I could tell the difference I dunno tongue.gif

I guess I'll move it away from the Fermi heater
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yeah its either moving your stx away or going with watercooling or pci sound card or create an air duct that leads to your gpu fan or pack your haf 932 with delta fans all in high settings lol(idk if it will make any difference, but just suggesting biggrin.gif).

edit: btw did you set your gpu fan speed at a manual settings at low rpm? cuz i remembered last time i set mine by accident and didn't know why it was getting so hot. Then found out that it was set at low rpm and set it back to Auto.
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Yeah I would love to spend some extra $$ and watercool everything. Haha I want some 190+cfm Deltas and just crank the music to drown out the wind tunnel, that would solve all heat issues.
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I found a better way to fix that problem....

how about pci express x1 extension cable like this one
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can be purchased here for $30.50. I am thinking of getting one also since I need to buy a sound card and all the pci's are taken except the 2 slots being covered by my 2 graphics card.

edit: idk where something like this can be purchased cheaper than this, but if anyone here knows where i can get em for cheap please post a link thumb.gif.
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No difference in performance between x8 and x16, move it down.
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That pci-e 1x extension cable is pretty nifty haha I'd imagine it could be had for cheaper though, I'll try looking for you. I remember seeing an extension cable for the first time in a crazy build that was on here a while back where the guy's pc was basically mounted on his wall above his desk. The extension cable allowed the gfx card to be mounted along side the mobo, gotta love ocn biggrin.gif
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I have had my STX under my 470 for a couple of months and had no issues but it is kind of scary since the 470 was running above 90C when gaming.

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