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GTX 580 SLi with reference and MSI Lightning

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I currently have a reference GTX 580 from GIGABYTE, on which I've replaced the stock cooler with a Arctic Cooling Accelero XTREME Plus II.

I'm thinking about getting another card soon, but seeing as my case (FT02) only has 7 expansion slots and MB only allows usage of slots 2+5, I'm not sure that another 3 slot cooler card would be a good idea. (I would love to get some input on this as well.)

I've looked at a few cards and MSI N580GTX Lightning seems to be the best one, price taken in consideration as well. It is, however, a custom PCB. Will this work optimally?

I'm thinking that although the Lightning has a weaker cooling system, it has 16 phase PWM and should be able to maintain a Vcore and clocks as high as my current 580 without the temperature going too high.

Am I right?
post #2 of 26
The Lightning and the reference card should work together without issue in SLI. The Lightning should actually have better temperatures (although not noise) than your AXP in that case because the heatpipes in the AXP are all working against gravity which diminishes their wicks ability to have the vapor re-liquefy and return to the core once cooled. As it would be fighting gravity most of the liquid will tend to collect at the bottom of your heatpipes. This is compounded by the fact that the AXP appears to use groove type wick design heatpipes. The MSI on the other hand uses powder metal wick heatpipes which are much less prone to being affected by gravity.
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post #3 of 26
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Sounds great. Though I must say that the AXP is actually doing surprisingly well in the FT02. It's overclocked at 940/1880 MHz, and tops at 80 degrees while under full load.

Thanks for the info!
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Yea that cooler in a different case would be maxing out at least 10-15C less than that. My Lightning doesn't even hit 80C at those clocks.
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Even at that overclock? Interesting. Nevertheless it's still not even near those 97 degrees, although I might consider selling the reference one and getting two Lightning instead.
post #6 of 26
You should just water cool your current 580 which would make it a single slot card (get a single slot bracket for it), then, if needed, add a second water cooled 580 in SLI.
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It's kind of expensive, and I'm a student with no job Besides that, I don't think FT02 is suited for water cooling.
post #8 of 26
mhaneline while that would be nice that's almost double what the OP was considering spending and isn't strictly necessary based on his needs.

izym, yea the AXP's heatpipes are really not ideal for a case like ours. the AXP is still quiet but the Lightning's heatpipes will function better in your case.
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It's kind of expensive, and I'm a student with no job Besides that, I don't think FT02 is suited for water cooling.
You really only need a 240 rad, and it's cheaper than you think. You can overclock watercooled cards a considerable amount, and, for example, my card never goes above 32c under full load. The idea is to get extra performance out of your existing card now and, when your budget allows, add a 2nd 580 in to your loop. It's just a suggestion, but having a completely silent computer with extremely overclocked components that don't go over 32c is quite nice.



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mhaneline while that would be nice that's almost double what the OP was considering spending and isn't strictly necessary based on his needs.

OP never gave a budget, and my friendly suggestion is none of your concern.
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post #10 of 26
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I see. Nevertheless the AXP is still way more quiet (and cool) than the stock cooler

Regarding WC, how would one do it in FT02? As I see it, the only option is to mount a 4x120 mm (or 4x140 mm if that would fit, possibly with a little modding) in the bottom. But wouldn't that just throw the heat right into the case again?

I might still consider WC if it's optimal in FT02. Unfortunately I'd have to wait a bit longer, possibly just WC current GPU and CPU first, but I could live with that.
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