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Crossfire concerns with a metal cooler.

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I attempted to google and search for it on these forums so by all means if this question has been answered before please point me in the correct direction and make me feel foolish, I'll have deserved it.

I'm looking at getting a 7970 XFX double D graphics card for an matx rig I'm about to build in a Silverstone TJ08-e. One thing I'm concerned with will be the near proximity one card will have with the other is there a risk of making contact with the other cards PCB and potentially shorting it? Also I know reference design coolers are usually preferred for this type of crossfire set up as they blow air out the back but was hoping that wouldn't be necessary as the TJ08-e has a 180mm fan blowing directly on it from not far away. Should this cooling be sufficient or should I be looking for a reference design even though it will increase the noise a bit?
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I attempted to google and search for it on these forums so by all means if this question has been answered before please point me in the correct direction and make me feel foolish, I'll have deserved it.
I'm looking at getting a 7970 XFX double D graphics card for an matx rig I'm about to build in a Silverstone TJ08-e. One thing I'm concerned with will be the near proximity one card will have with the other is there a risk of making contact with the other cards PCB and potentially shorting it? Also I know reference design coolers are usually preferred for this type of crossfire set up as they blow air out the back but was hoping that wouldn't be necessary as the TJ08-e has a 180mm fan blowing directly on it from not far away. Should this cooling be sufficient or should I be looking for a reference design even though it will increase the noise a bit?

You could place something non conductive between the cards as a spacer.

Bad bad idea to stack those coolers, that top card will run terribly hot, vregs nightmarishly hot.
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hmm.... I hate the reference coolers they're so noisy. Thanks for the heads up though.
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