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So i got a Xonar DG recently and well, with the way my mobo is set up, the only PCI slot left was between the two 6970's which can both go upto 85 degrees during gaming sessions, here's a screenshot of the card:

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Originally i was going to get a DX which would have fit into the PCIe slot above the first graphics card but really needed the amp for my headphones so went with the DG...there is no side fan on the case, three at the front four at the back/top, the soundcard isn't anywhere near the gpu fan to block airflow there but...erm, is this card going to melt, or am i ok?ph34r2.gif
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post #2 of 19
If the sound card clears the fan on the top card it'll be fine cool.gif
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if anything, you need to worry about static.
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post #4 of 19
No problem with that as long as your not restricting air flow to the GPU you should be ok,

You would only need to worry if your temps started reaching 100c,
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post #5 of 19
It depends on the temperature rating of the capacitors on your Xonar. If they're printed with a 105*C rating you'll be fine, 85*C and I'd worry a little about its long-term health.
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post #6 of 19
no need to worry about the temps

the only concern is getting EMI , it can easily be noticed iif you got buzzing sound or something like that , otherwise you are OK
    
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post #7 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by macca_dj;15237342 
No problem with that as long as your not restricting air flow to the GPU you should be ok,

You would only need to worry if your temps started reaching 100c,

100c ? thats silly advice .

Keep your gpu's under 85c at all times .

100c is alot of heat , which is unessicary and could cause permanant damage to the cards and anything surrounding it .

a 6970 shouldnt hit 100c anyway , they come with a fan you know .. to keep that from happening .
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post #8 of 19
is there aftermarket EMI shields?
some of the brand name cards come with them already
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post #9 of 19
I would just make sure the card doesn't get excessively hot.

Run some games and shut down the system ASAP and feel the PCB on the Xonar after grounding yourself and see how hot it gets if it's really bothering you.

I know my cousin had a problem with his sound card warping. But that's because he installed a GTX 460 in his little baby HP case without taking the PCI-e slot expansion cover off so the card was exhausting 100% into the case.

Poor sound card was drooping like hell. :/ Still worked though. biggrin.gif
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post #10 of 19
As long as there's plenty of airflow it should be fine i'd imagine.
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