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Would the HAF-X be the best case for Tri-CF/SLI and GPUs with quiet non-reference coolers that blow hot air into the case? Or would such a setup get way too hot and water-cooling is the only solution?
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A lot depends on the cooler and your slot layout. Adjacent slots are bad, blower style fans are generally better for cooling close proximity cards. The reference fans on the 460/560 cards do almost nothing when there is an adjacent card blocking it while the blowers do a decent job despite their terrible noise levels.

3x480's in adjacent slots on air with no overclocking = 90+C + the sound of a hairdryer
3x480's in adjacent slots on water with good overclock = 55C + the sound of a few low speed fans

Water can always be made quieter assuming you have sufficient rads and sufficiently quiet fans. You can even go fully silent (passive) if you have enough rad. Pumps really aren't that noisy.
     
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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.
Trying to find the triple bridge now.

OK, more on topic. OP, its not necessary to run WC on TRI-CF/SLI, BUT, the cards run so much cooler and overclock more stable than on air. If you do go with watercooling, make sure its top end cards to make it worth the expense. The noise factor is less than a stock blower cooler. If you use GT AP-15 fans and a D5 pump, noise should not be any issue at all.
     
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Would the HAF-X be the best case for Tri-CF/SLI and GPUs with quiet non-reference coolers that blow hot air into the case? Or would such a setup get way too hot and water-cooling is the only solution?
You can get good air flow IMO, with a HAF932, over the HAF-X
     
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You can get good air flow IMO, with a HAF932, over the HAF-X
I'd want a case with more room internally, or at least the option to mod if for more.
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Trying to find the triple bridge now.


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I'd want a case with more room internally, or at least the option to mod if for more.
For air cooling, not much out there without going fairly expensive. Using a test bench or rack is a simple solution for air cooling.
Edited by ezveedub - 8/18/11 at 10:24pm
     
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Oh, one other tidbit with Tri-CF/SLI. I cannot add a third card on my UD7 mobo with stock air cooler. The cooler interferes with the USB and mobo front panel headers, so my only option for a third card is to use a waterblock. Something to check out when trying to use three video cards with stock air cooling.
     
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