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So since my birthday just passed, I as received a lot of cash and have been thinking about what to get. I thought and finally came up with getting another GTX 580. Before I do however spend the money, I want to know a few things going into this.

How much space should there be between the cards and other hardware?

What would be good temps for both?

And well is there anything else I should know about before going into this thing? Never went into SLI or CrossfireX .
    
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If placed into your sig rig, your X58-UD7 will let you install the 2 580s with enough spacing in between them. Place them the way you want but i recommand at least 1 slot between cards. You can do some testing, maybe slot 1 and 4 can be better than 1 and 5, or 1 and 6. Run a 3Dmark11, shut down, change second card slot, rerun 3Dmark11 and see wich slot are better.

Your PSU ( HX 1000w ) Is a very good power supply and is way enough for 2 580s.
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Just try to leave a PCIe space between the two or more if you can

Look at the way your lanes work to find the best solution, preferably 16x16

You are in for the time of your life. max everything and runs Metro2133 smooth as silk. Old game I know but it really pounds most GPU solutions

Push the 920 as far as it will go to feed these beasts

Good luck
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Perhaps wait for the 600 series and 580's to come down in price.
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Originally Posted by Methos07 View Post
Perhaps wait for the 600 series and 580's to come down in price.
While this isn't a bad idea, picking up a used one in excellent condition from an OCN member might not be a bad idea either.

2 580s will last you quite a long time in staying on top of future gaming elements as well. If you have the ability to get it now, go for it!
 
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Yeah, good suggestions... overclock that because even my i7 970 at 4ghz gets major bottlenecks with my two 580's... Major bottlenecks for older games...
and newer games such as BF3 don't drop below 60FPS which gives you a 'perfect' gameplay experience...
I personally got a 120hz monitor and games are amazing and smooth without tearing...

I have 2 stock EVGA 580's, and get around mid 80C load temps for the top and 78C bottom... Obviously try sticking with two of the same cards...
My cards are also sandwiched together with no space inbetween... due to my motherboard/case limitations with space...

One thing I did run into, I had to reverse my SLI cable since it was getting 'artifacts' even in 2D so consider that...
Also with the HX1000, I believe that is two 12V rails so it's like two 500 watts together and distributing the power even requires some directions... Definitely look into as I almost got that PSU myself...
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Let me give some specific suggestions:-
1. IMHO, if a card has traditional cooling design (ie front-centrifugal-intake-fan-and-rear-exhaust), then it can function (with higher but acceptable temperature) without any slot in between the 2 cards.
However, if it has any other cooling style, then it needs one slot empty space.

Looking at your Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7:
Diagram A (see below)
If your put your current MSI GTX580 TF2 into PCIEX16_1, then the second card will need to go to PCIEX8_2. Performance loss due to the x8 speed is only a minimal 2-3% and so no worry.

The top card gets ample space to breathe in. And, the dual slot bottom card will overhang over the motherboard's bottom edge. While the HAF-X does have 9 expansion slots to accommodate for this overhang, those USB and Front Panel headers along the mobo edge might have physical conflict with the card.

And, I suggest getting a GTX580 with traditional cooling to sit at this bottom slot.

Diagram B (see below)
If you put your MSI GTX580 TF2 in PCIEX16_2, then the second card can go to the PCIEX16_1. As there is no space in between the 2 cards, the top card will need to have traditional cooling in order to function properly.

Of these 2 arrangements, I suggest (A).

2. For temperature, I expect there will be minimal change from your current setup. This is because even with the addition of the 2nd card, the MSI TF2, sitting in the top slot, will still have ample space (ie 2 empty slots space) to breathe in. And the new bottom card will have traditional cooling, which exhausts heat out of the case via the card's rear. This will have minimal thermal impact inside the case.

3. Regarding your HX1000, you should connect the 2 cards as shown in the diagram 3 below. Just substitute the GTX570 with your GTX580. The main idea is to split up the 2 cards into V1 and V2 rails.

Last but not least, Happy Birthday!



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