I made a poor choice a while back to get non reference cards(MSI Twin Frozr III 6950x3), and now I am having a big problem. With my motherboard layout, the three cards are basically sitting on eachother. I have a straw inbetween them so that the fans don't hit anything or get jammed, but they are not getting any air and are overheating nonstop. At this point, they idle around 60c, and full load in 3dmark or kombustor the top 2 cards go to 85-95c. Bottom card seem's to stay between 65-70, because it has airflow unrestricted with nothing under it but a high performance 140mm fan. I'm at work so I can't take a picture right now, so enjoy this MSPAINT rendition of my situation! (Try not to laugh at my drawing skills)
I was hoping that I could set CCC to use the bottom card as main, so the monitors could run off that and hopefully reduce some of the heat on the upper cards, but I can't seem to get it to work. When I plug all 3 monitors into the bottom card, they just get no signal. Also, my bottom lane is only 8x. Would it be an issue, to have 3 monitors coming out of the bottom 8x lane performance wise, versus the top 2 x16 lanes? I have a Rampage III Formula MB if that helps.
Because the intake for the top 2 cards is blocked, and they are non reference, so I can't get a full cover waterblock, I don't know what to do. Suggestions?
thanks in advance!
EDIT: Added picture!
Edited by Likespikes69 - 8/8/12 at 6:24am