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Does anyone see any potential problems with my test rig?

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Unfortunately The lousy 2500 with the stock cooler was all we had lying around today. Here's to hoping a K series chip can be found soon. After market coolers came in this afternoon but I didn't have time to change it. Results to follow.

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NIce! That's about time. Did you grab the Vertex 3 IOPS too?

You gunna have enough air flow over those GPUs to put the boots to 'em?

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Does anyone see any potential problems with my test rig?

Two suggestions:-
A) 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.

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NIce! That's about time. Did you grab the Vertex 3 IOPS too?
You gunna have enough air flow over those GPUs to put the boots to 'em?
--Alex

Yeah I grabbed one. Didn't see the need for two at this point. Airflow concerns v v v v

@ Windfire, this is a 4U server case, you are looking down from the top of the case. In addition there are two 120mm intake, 3 120mm crossflow and 3 80mm exhaust fans. I know the placement of the second card is not ideal but none of these parts with the exception of the video cards actually belong to me. Beggars can't be choosers. At any rate if I don't get my hands on a K series CPU a better cooler would be useless.

On the plus side in the burn in tests the second card runs a couple of degrees cooler than the primary card even though it has the benefit of better placement. Time will tell if this setup will be any good for more than testing and light benching. These two cards are slated to replace the two Vmoded 8800GTX's in my Sig Rig (CM Stacker) and once there they will either have the benefit of water cooling or a much better airflow arrangement if I decide to stick with the stock coolers.
Edited by t_russell - 4/29/12 at 11:06am
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Updates? I heard that there's a K around somewhere....
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LL's client has a K in it. Next time he's out of the office and I'm there it's mine. He'll never miss it.
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