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Just buying another GTX 480 to SLI but I was wondering if it will fit with the AXP cooler it seems very close as you can see in pic below.
 
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I fit both of my 580s with those coolers on them in my HAF 932 as well. There is a pic in my public profile of it if you want to see.
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Originally Posted by Anth0789;15252484 
Just buying another GTX 480 to SLI but I was wondering if it will fit with the AXP cooler it seems very close as you can see in pic below.

Judging from the pics you show, it seems the top card will not come into conflict with the bottom card. However, its cooling performance will obviously reduced due to insufficient clearance between them. Aftermarket coolers like to have at least 1 empty slot space in between. (Traditional cooling design with 'front-centrifugal-intake-fan-and-rear exhaust' is more tolerable and can handle no empty space much better.)

The bottom card has two additional challenges. It will have to clear with the USB cable header and the front panel I/O Power/Reset header along the bottom edge of the motherboard. See orange circles in pic below. It will also have to clear the PSU below.

I suggest:- take out the top card (already with AXP installed) and move it to the lower (white) PCIEx16 slot to check for these 2 challenges.

If the bottom card passes the 2 challenges, it will still be a tight fit. And the cooling performance will also, just like the top card, be reduced. You can keep the card in this lower slot and run some tests to check the thermal numbers. This will be an early estimate of the final thermal performance.
post #5 of 19
will it fit yes...

but you will need some good air flow in your case...

otherwise the top card will run just as hot or hotter then the standard cooler...

i know this from experience...

side fans help alot...
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Thanks for the help guys just waiting until my GTX 480 comes.

I received my AXP II today. smile.gif
 
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Some 'before' and 'after' thermal numbers would be interesting, ie with just one card vs with 2 cards.

I am curious how much impact the restrictive airflow has on the cooling performance of the AXP II.

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Thanks!

The top card runs way hotter like around 62c and the lower one runs cooler at 50c.
 
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Thanks!

The top card runs way hotter like around 62c and the lower one runs cooler at 50c.

On one hand, 12C delta between the top and the bottom card is quite normal.
On the other hand, the bottom card has 2 of the 3 fans 'blocked' and so its intake airflow is almost as restrictive as the top card.

BTW, do not forget to put the SLI bridge back as I do not see it in the pic.
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