Originally Posted by Stennan
Looking to get this case in the future with wither the r9-290 or the 780. Been looking at the MSI780 as the main choice and I am a bit worried about the height of the card. It is 129mm tall and since i could like to fill the side panel with 2x92mm +120mm fans it would be great to know if the GPU will be an issue.
Also considering getting a separate audio & Wifi card for the last 2 pcie slots, any risk that this will starv the GPU? I'm trying to get the system as quiet as possible during idle, while still keeping the components cool during load.
I was thinking about the exact same issue this morning and since I'm planning to buy the SG10 and the R9 280X I thought to share my thoughts & calculations with the owners of the SG09/SG10 club.
Card heights (credit - techpowerup.com):
ASUS GTX 780 DirectCU II OC: 14.50cm
ASUS R9 280X DirectCU II TOP: 15.00cm
MSI R9 280X GAMING: 12.50cm
GIGABYTE R9 280X OC: 11.50cm
According to Silverstone, the maximum allowed CPU heatsink height in the SG09/SG10 is 16.50cm.
Taking the above into consideration and assuming that the depth of the fans on the side panel measure 2.50cm, we get:
16.50cm (Maximum allowed height) - 2.50cm (Depth of fans on side panel) = 14cm (Theoretical available clearance)
These calculations, of course, are purely theoretical and I would more than welcome any thoughts and/or suggestions on the same.
Considering the high load temperatures of the MSI 280X, and the sheer height of the ASUS 280X, my personal choice would be to go with the GIGABYTE version of the 280X.
Stennan, should you consider opting in for the R290 reference card, you could probably go in for aftermarket coolers like the GELID ICY VISION Rev. 2 or the ARCTIC Accelero EXTREME Plus II.
Kindly note, that I haven't done any research on the aforementioned aftermarket coolers in terms of compatibility and dimensions, and would have no idea about how much space they would take up in a Crossfire configuration on a board like the ASUS Maximus V / VI Gene.
If you're planning on going with the MSI 780 Lightning, the 'reactor core' at the back of the card might come in contact with the side of your CPU heatsink, so you might want to look into that.
These were my thoughts on the subject.
Do let me know what you guys think.
Regards.Edited by shermanator - 11/12/13 at 9:12am