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I'm going to swap my 3GB card out with 4GB cards due to new 2560x1440 setup.

I have one Asus GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II 4GB now in hand which I got cheap on sale for $423 , but now they're back at $590. I've been thinking about getting two more GTX 670 4GB card and put 3 of them in my main gaming rig instead.

However I have not been able to find information on whether setting 3x GTX 670 4GB with non-reference cooler in 3-way-SLi to be a good or bad idea heat wise ? Are they any here who have tried and can share some experience in this area.

I'm planning to run 3-way-SLi with these 3 cards since those are some of the cheapest I can get.

Asus GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU II 4GB

KFA2 GeForce GTX 670 4GB EX OC


Btw.. yes I have seen GTX 780's are out but they are way too expensive and I need at least two to get the same performance as three GTX 670's, So that's a total no go.
Edited by Gripen90 - 5/25/13 at 2:54pm
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With the cards you pictured there I think you would get very high temperatures, as they put the heat inside the case.
So unless you have REALLY good airflow in your case, I would consider selling your card and get some reference blower style instead as they would get most of the hot air out of the case.

I had a Asus GTX 570 with a tripleslot cooler, and alone it was great, but when I had it in SLI the first card was so starved for air that it reached max safe temp after 2min of gaming, and I believe that is what will happen to you unless you get at least a slot between each card.

Best of luck! smile.gif
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Probably get pretty hot gaming best bet would be to water cool them.
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With the cards you pictured there I think you would get very high temperatures, as they put the heat inside the case.
So unless you have REALLY good airflow in your case, I would consider selling your card and get some reference blower style instead as they would get most of the hot air out of the case.

I had a Asus GTX 570 with a tripleslot cooler, and alone it was great, but when I had it in SLI the first card was so starved for air that it reached max safe temp after 2min of gaming, and I believe that is what will happen to you unless you get at least a slot between each card.

Best of luck! smile.gif

That's a bit what I fear too. However I know I have seen one on this site running 3x GTX 670 and I think it was Gigabyte with Windforce 3 coolers on them, but I can't find the picture/thread.
If I can find 2x GTX 670 4GB reference cards that would be the best for sure because then I can just use the Asus card with DirectCU II cooler in the bottom PCI-E slot.
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That's a bit what I fear too. However I know I have seen one on this site running 3x GTX 670 and I think it was Gigabyte with Windforce 3 coolers on them, but I can't find the picture/thread.
If I can find 2x GTX 670 4GB reference cards that would be the best for sure because then I can just use the Asus card with DirectCU II cooler in the bottom PCI-E slot.

Yup!
Well the Windforce coolers are quite good, but I would believe that they would get somewhat starved in 3way too really.
Yeah that could work fine, so perhaps try to pick up some used 670's cheap, as there should be plenty now that the 780 is released!
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Yup!
Well the Windforce coolers are quite good, but I would believe that they would get somewhat starved in 3way too really.
Yeah that could work fine, so perhaps try to pick up some used 670's cheap, as there should be plenty now that the 780 is released!

Yea I hope to find some if I'm lucky.
Actually most cards being sold are 2GB versions when I search the different sale forums redface.gif i hope with the release of GTX 770 may 30th will reduce the price of GTX 670 4GB cards a bit more.
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