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Hey guys,

I figured I'd first explain my situation. I'm running 2 EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Superclocked Graphic Cards. I have them both overclocked to 880/1760/2200/1.088.

Now here lies my problem... I'm running on air cooling so my temps aren't that great to begin with. What makes it worse is that I'm running a Dual 120 Hz Monitor setup with one monitor connected to each card with a DVI-D cable, so not only does my second card not downclock at all, but my first card only downclocks to 405/324/810/0.963. Now, due to my setup and case, I have my first card's exhaust pointed at my second card and as far as I know there is no way around this, unless I decide to go the water cooling route to which I can't afford at this moment. So now while my first card idles at 45c with 60% fan speed my second card that doesn't idle sits at 56c with 60% fan speed.

The only solution I can think of in lowering the temp of my second card is to make sure that it's my first card (the one that doesn't have a bunch of hot air being blown at it) to be the one that doesn't idle, this should take some stress off my second card and bring it's idle temps down a bit. My problem is, I don't really know how to go about doing that. Any advice? I'd also appreciate it if anyone has any suggestions on how to bring my temps.

Thanks in advanced.
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could look into other after market air coolers, i think they are 3 slot so they might not always fit
    
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EVGA Precision X? I believe the new one has temperature targets. As long as you don't check the "sync" box, you should be able to manage each cards temp. targets. This would allow one to throttle before the other. I'm not sure if it works with all cards in that manner though, would have to confirm. But there must be another OC software that allows this, MSI Afterburner is another to look into, not sure what you're using atm.
     
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plug BOTH monitors into your first card
now both cards will down clock when idle
done
mine down clock properly this way
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