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Not the regular 580 but the larger 3 slots version like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121429

The problem is with 2 of that in my case, there is very little space between 2 of them and thus, poor air circulation for the top video card. I'm hitting 99C running Furmark 3D even with fans at 100% . The second card doesn't go past 70 with fan at 30% (auto) so it's air flow issue.

I'd like an after market cooler for these video cards that is a bit thinner than the stock cooler, has better air flow, and doesn't require me to replace 100 screws per card. The stock cooler and its part seems to be held in by about 100 screws requiring a T-6, #0 and #1 phillips screwdriver.

Also a good thermal paste? I have some AS5 (best one available at local B&M store) but I'm sure there are better that I should get when I order the video coolers.

Budget no more than $100 per cooler, USA retailer preferred.
    
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Originally Posted by wilykat View Post
Not the regular 580 but the larger 3 slots version like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121429

The problem is with 2 of that in my case, there is very little space between 2 of them and thus, poor air circulation for the top video card. I'm hitting 99C running Furmark 3D even with fans at 100% . The second card doesn't go past 70 with fan at 30% (auto) so it's air flow issue.

I'd like an after market cooler for these video cards that is a bit thinner than the stock cooler, has better air flow, and doesn't require me to replace 100 screws per card. The stock cooler and its part seems to be held in by about 100 screws requiring a T-6, #0 and #1 phillips screwdriver.

Also a good thermal paste? I have some AS5 (best one available at local B&M store) but I'm sure there are better that I should get when I order the video coolers.

Budget no more than $100 per cooler, USA retailer preferred.
hmm.. I wonder if $200 could get you a custom loop with Core only blocks?

$50 per block x2
$60 for rad 120.3
Edited by andrewmchugh - 11/8/11 at 4:48pm
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Easy way to drop temp is have a intake fan. If not then trade them for stock cards. I dont think you can water-cool them.
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I dont think you can water-cool them.
erm...I think you can mate..

FULL Cover.. http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/shop/ek...en-nickel.html

And the core only block fits too. http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/shop/ek...-hf-plexi.html
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post #5 of 8
Water cooling would be a good option.

The Arctic Xtreme range of coolers (tri fan) are not recommended for "double decker' display ports.
post #6 of 8
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Water cooling would be over budget. A full coverage that fits this video card is over $100 each. Add in pump, hose, raidator, maybe fans for the radiator and I'd be looking at around $300 total.

What about Zalman VF3000F or Gelid Icy Vision Five?
    
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post #7 of 8
VF3000F won't fit any better. Water cooling is out of price range. Maybe a thermalright spitfire? $79 but you might need additional VRM cooling. I don't know if it will fit in your case but its an idea.
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Looks like I may have to give up some pizza for a month and squeeze another $100 and make this WC'd

2 full blocks, a radiator (360 should be enough?), a pump, and some hoses. What pump would be good for 2 GPU loop? I'm going to go with T-line and skip reservoir.
    
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