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I've got 2x Galaxy GTX 670 4GB GC in my stock HAF X case and a Cooler-master 812 HSF.

Basically the area between the top card and the HS gets the hottest and just heats up, I believe, and the top card is usually 5-10 *C hotter than the bottom card. I know this is normal but I want to try to cool it down.

HAF X comes with the VGA Duct, would this help or are my cards pushing air out near the front of the case and it won't help?

Area circled or pointed to in red is the area I'm talking about:



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This last one... basically is it possible these cables are blocking a little air from the front bottom fan?

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I can't believe I forgot about that site! Way better, thanks man! OP updated.
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I can't believe I forgot about that site! Way better, thanks man! OP updated.

Getting a good high CFM 120mm in that VGA air duct should help cooling down your top card, I think you should mount it as an intake but experiment both ways.
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Getting a good high CFM 120mm in that VGA air duct should help cooling down your top card, I think you should mount it as an intake but experiment both ways.

I have one ordered but I'm concerned if it will conflict with how the air exits this version of the 670 - any thoughts?
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I have one ordered but I'm concerned if it will conflict with how the air exits this version of the 670 - any thoughts?

Mount both side fan as exhaust? That's what I did on my Define R4, I tested both ways and the temp drop is the same but with exhaust you avoid turbulence and dust
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What kind of fan do you have for exhaust?

 

First order of business: remove all unused slot covers from your backplane.

 

That done, check your cooling. The HAF X has many opportunities to push air through. Basically, front to back.

 

If it were my case, I'd remove the rear grill with a nibbler. That will be my constant advice until manufacturers of steel cases quit putting "grills" there. Then try the cooling with and without a rear exhaust fan. If air can leave freely it will.

 

The exhaust from your heatsink and the rest of the system may be more than your exhaust fan can move against its grill. Removing the grill and maybe the fan will allow for freer airflow.

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The problem there is that you got cards which are not suited for Dual GPUs. They both exhaust hot air inside the case so you will always get higher temps for the top card.
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post #10 of 11
hmm i cant quite see what you are talking about in the pictures. i think you need more lol.

just kidding tongue.gif

its better to have more good quality photos than one low quality photo with a bad angle.

i agree with zealotkiller that those cards are probably not intended to be run like that since they are jump circulating hot air in the case rather than exhausting it. it looks like there is space behind your HDDs and in front of your cards for a fan that can help move some air around. i do not know that case very well but if you have a good intake in the front and then another fan behind the HDD cage that could possibly help a little with moving the air around away from your cards and maybe have fans in the side of the case pull the air out as an exhaust
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