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Am I going to have heat problems with two 6950's this close together?

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Hi guys
I posted here recently about fitting two ASUS 6950 cards on an MSI p67a-gd53 motherboard. The responses I got indicated I should be fine.

I ordered everything in, put the board down (on the anti-static bag, of course) and fit the two cards onto it to make sure all is good, and I'm a little worried now to say the least. It's my first build and my knowledge is quite poor, so here are two pictures. The first is to make sure I'm actually putting these in the correct slots (the blue slots, which are the pci 16x)

The second shows both cards installed on the board.

I'm planning on running 3 monitors in eyefinity (5760x18080) for gaming purposes, so I also planned on overclocking (which is half the reason I got these particular cards with their superior cooling) so I could squeeze the best performance out for battlefield 3.

What do you guys think I should do?
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They look just how they should!
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They look just how they should!
I'm assuming this is not a good thing
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no...? you have put them in correctly, just remember the CF bridge over top of them (only 1 is needed, 2 for looks).
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They may get a little toastier than if you added another slot between them, but they'll be fine.
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no...? you have put them in correctly, just remember the CF bridge over top of them (only 1 is needed, 2 for looks).

Okay, I'm glad they're at least in the right place.
However, I'm really worried about them being too close together. Wouldn't you say I'm going to have heat problems here?
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Originally Posted by tehmaggot View Post
They may get a little toastier than if you added another slot between them, but they'll probably be fine.
Cheers. I'm using a HAF X case, so plenty of airflow and the side fan should help out a bit. Hopefully I'll still be able to overclock...
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Okay, I'm glad they're at least in the right place.
However, I'm really worried about them being too close together. Wouldn't you say I'm going to have heat problems here?
Those are Asus DCII, correct? If so they will be just fine. Because they are great coolers the fan speed wont need to be adjusted that harsh for the lack of space. And nah they wont get to hot i can see them hitting a max of 70C under a heavy load with an auto fan speed in MSI afterburner. But if you think that are getting a little hot, just make your own fan speed settings
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Cheers. I'm using a HAF X case, so plenty of airflow and the side fan should help out a bit. Hopefully I'll still be able to overclock...
Sure thing. The card on top will likely run a bit hotter than the one on the bottom. The one on the bottom will run at normal temps, assuming all the hot air from the top card is ventilated quickly. You may want to put a 120MM fan or two near the GPUs to force more air between them.
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post #10 of 11
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thanks for the responses guys. I was thinking I'd be completely screwed, but it looks like I will be okay, with adjusting fan speeds and such.
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Originally Posted by tehmaggot View Post
You may want to put a 120MM fan or two near the GPUs to force more air between them.
As I mentioned, it is my first build, so I'm a bit ignorant on all the specifics. If I'm not satisfied with the temps after overclocking, I'll shoot you a PM about adding fans. Thanks again for your help
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