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i have two 3gb lightning extremes that beg to differ

it's air cooled.. i doubt they'll change that much when i add a third one
Your cards are running an aftermarket cooler, not the crappy reference cooler. Try running this:

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i have two 3gb lightning extremes that beg to differ

it's air cooled.. i doubt they'll change that much when i add a third one
But how do you deal with all that hot air that the non-reference coolers on those GPUs vent into the case?
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But how do you deal with all that hot air that the non-reference coolers on those GPUs vent into the case?
I have a rv02.. which isn't necessarily the best case for this type of after market cooler, since everything is rotated 90 degrees. I have 6 high speed fans on the bottom of my case blowing all the air out to the top running @ 100% (no fan controller)

As the hot air from the cards spill though the sides and opening of the cooler, most of it if not all get blown upwards.. i have really high positive air pressure within my case... i have 8 intake fans and 1 exhaust on top.

Works well for me at least


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Your cards are running an aftermarket cooler, not the crappy reference cooler. Try running this:

***OUCH!!
OUCH! doesn't look like there is any room to breath at all! i would put blocks on those asap.
Edited by badatgames18 - 8/18/11 at 8:55pm
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Sli is the whole reason I switched to watercooling. The top card would get up to 85c while the bottom was at 55c. Its well worth it on video cards, not as much processors.

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Your cards are running an aftermarket cooler, not the crappy reference cooler. Try running this:

When I had my 580 Tf2 on air, it was stupid hot. The poor Lian Li case got hot to the touch after 10 mins of Crysis lol. The only way around it is to have a bazillion fans or go water.
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OUCH! doesn't look like there is any room to breath at all! i would put blocks on those asap.
Got three HK coming in from Gary @ swc.com early next week.

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When I had my 580 Tf2 on air, it was stupid hot. The poor Lian Li case got hot to the touch after 10 mins of Crysis lol. The only way around it is to have a bazillion fans or go water.
I have a 140mm fan pointed at the top two cards, the door is off, and a window is open right behind the rear of the case where the exhaust goes. I'm barely doing much with them atm. The most exciting thing I did was run vantage and 3d11 @ 800 core each. This was mainly to test the psu and ensure there was no noise coming from the psu itself (its been sold and testing for the new owner).

Still, the top two cards hit 80-90c during some benchmarks, which is typical for this configuration and crappy arse reference turbine coolers. Glad they aren't noisy though
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Got three HK coming in from Gary @ swc.com early next week.



I have a 140mm fan pointed at the top two cards, the door is off, and a window right behind the rear of the case where the exhaust goes. I'm barely doing much with them atm. The most exciting thing I did was run vantage and 3d11 @ 800 core each. This was mainly to test the psu and ensure there was no noise coming from the psu itself (its been sold and testing for the new owner).

Still, the top two cards hit 80-90c during some benchmarks, which is typical for this configuration and crappy arse reference turbine coolers. Glad they aren't noisy though
LMK how the HeatKillers work out. I'm contemplating the HK or Aquagrafx 580 blocks.
     
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Sli is the whole reason I switched to watercooling.
I agree totally, starting with the GTX400 series. My GTX280's were just as loud but I wasn't ready to put water into my rig back then.

Water cooling is worth it to me on so many levels. Cool and quiet is what you get for the money you spend, and there is a lot of water cooling "Bling" out there which makes it even more satisfying IMO. About the only con that I can say about it is the extra weight it adds. But unless you move your rig around a lot or have a bad back, that's not a problem. I put heavy casters on mine not only for easy moving around, but it adds height so my PSU can breathe better.
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LMK how the HeatKillers work out. I'm contemplating the HK or Aquagrafx 580 blocks.
I had three of them for my old 6950 setup. They cooled them quite nicely but the most appealing thing about them (besides their looks) is that WaterCool offers a bridge to tie them together. Its far less complex than the ek and ac bridge options.
post #20 of 28
some ppl are just more prone to noise than others

i personally would switch to water if over 2
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