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I have 2 HIS IceQ 6970's. Question about adding a 3rd.

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So my roomy is moving up to the 7970, and I can purchase his card which is identical to mine for cheap. problem is that the IceQ's cooler is slightly larger than a dual slot! So obviously jamming one in between isn't going to work. I was thinking is it possible to just remove the plastic shrouds on the top 2 cards? They run pretty cool already and the PCB directly above would act as a similar duct. Is this just stupid, or should I try it? I was thinking trying it first to see if It would require the dremel (possibly if the fan requires the shroud to stay connected, don't want to lose the fan.)

Looking at it closely, it appears it would fit just fine... I have plenty of air flow on the graphics cards with a large 200mm side fan, bottom fan, and hdd cage fan.

I'm sure you guys can understand how passing up a $100 6970 2GB would be difficult. It would also be extremely beneficial since I do run my games in Eyefinity plus I do a lot of OpenCL crunching.

As a side note, is my Corsair 1200 watt power supply even enough for 3 of these with a 4.7Ghz FX-8150?

Thanks guys!
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Originally Posted by tweezlednutball View Post

So my roomy is moving up to the 7970, and I can purchase his card which is identical to mine for cheap. problem is that the IceQ's cooler is slightly larger than a dual slot! So obviously jamming one in between isn't going to work. I was thinking is it possible to just remove the plastic shrouds on the top 2 cards? They run pretty cool already and the PCB directly above would act as a similar duct. Is this just stupid, or should I try it? I was thinking trying it first to see if It would require the dremel (possibly if the fan requires the shroud to stay connected, don't want to lose the fan.)
Looking at it closely, it appears it would fit just fine... I have plenty of air flow on the graphics cards with a large 200mm side fan, bottom fan, and hdd cage fan.
I'm sure you guys can understand how passing up a $100 6970 2GB would be difficult. It would also be extremely beneficial since I do run my games in Eyefinity plus I do a lot of OpenCL crunching.
As a side note, is my Corsair 1200 watt power supply even enough for 3 of these with a 4.7Ghz FX-8150?
Thanks guys!

You could always try it without the shroud? thumb.gif
As for the PSU I'd say you should be fine, 1200W is alot!
As for temps, I don't know how good they'll be. Generally 2 way Crossfire/SLI is done on air and three way has water (most of the time) due to heat produced from those three cards being sandwiched together.
 
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Thanks. My CPU could probably soak up a good 220 watts, then 3 220 watt gpus. I do a lot of HPC type stuff (rendering, simulations, and point cloud generations). All of which aim to maxing out everything I have available... But with the 1200 watt power supply I should have about 350 watts remaining for everything else

I will try it. I will reply back with pictures and temp readings. He is suppose to get his parts tomorrow but we are all going to be working, so he may have to wait till later this week. But I should have this project under way by this weekend. biggrin.gif

I will reply back with photos and temp readings...
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Thanks. My CPU could probably soak up a good 220 watts, then 3 220 watt gpus. I do a lot of HPC type stuff (rendering, simulations, and point cloud generations). All of which aim to maxing out everything I have available... But with the 1200 watt power supply I should have about 350 watts remaining for everything else
I will try it. I will reply back with pictures and temp readings. He is suppose to get his parts tomorrow but we are all going to be working, so he may have to wait till later this week. But I should have this project under way by this weekend. biggrin.gif
I will reply back with photos and temp readings...

Good to know!
That's what I love about buying stuff off friends.. You can test it before you buy it! tongue.gif
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post #5 of 6
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OK. So I finally got around to doing this. All three are installed and running nicely. I removed the IceQ coolers from the top 2 cards. Re-seated the heatsinks without the plastic shroud and used arctic silver. I ordered two rosewill RFX-100B system exhaust blowers. Removed the metal PCI mounting bracket. They fit, dare I say perfectly, wedged between both cards. I then mounted a 120mm cooler master fan about 4-5 inches to the right on the left side of the hdd mount. reversed my side fan to intake (im going to try exhaust once more since I added the 120 and they could be counter acting each other a bit, I also noticed when I had it on exhaust originally before I added the 120, it was exhausting a very good amount of heat).

I will reply back soon with pics and a switched up side fan. biggrin.gif
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Just as I suspected its definitely running cooler with the side fan as exhaust... about 14C less :-)
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