Originally Posted by t_russell
Does anyone see any potential problems with my test rig?
One potential problem is the thermal of the lower GTX460 Hawk. Usually, it is the top card of a SLI setup that has higher temperature number. But in your case, the lower card will likely to suffer more than the top card because of 2 reasons:-
1) your chassis does not (seem to) have an 8th slot which is needed for a dual slot width card like the GTX460 Hawk. See red circle in pic.
2) the gap between the chassis floor and the card is very small, making ventilation very difficult. See red arrow in pic.
So, for you initial testing and running in, I suggest close monitoring of the lower card's thermal number. And, it might be better to keep the side panel of the chassis off for the time being, at the least.B)
The idea of having the tactical vest on the Sabertooth is so that air can be forced down and through the gap between the vest and the motherboard to cool the mobo components. This is usually achieved by having a downward blowing CPU cooler. As you will upgrade to an aftermarket cooler, I assume that cooler is a tower type. This means, this benefit of the vest is lost. This is not a big problem but I suggest reaping this benefit as the vest is on. Simply install a small fan to the opening (remove the little trap door) as shown by the green circle in pic.