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Ok will because of case restrictions I have been forced to put my Graphics cards right next to each other. The top one doesn't have a lot of space to pull in air to keep its self cool. ay 100% load it can get to 97.c and loud! Does anybody have any tips on my situation here. I don't want to spend money and I don't want to downclock.

PC Specs:
MOBO: ROG Ramage 4 Formula
CPU: Intel i7 3930k 4.2 GHZ Coolant: H100
GPU: XFX ATI Radeon HD R7970 x2
RAM: 16GB G-Skill Ripjaws X 2133MHZ 11-11-11-30-2
SSD: OCZ 60GB SATA3
HDD: 2TB 7200RPM
PSU: 850W Antec
Case: Antec 1200

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post #2 of 12
Do you have any pics of your case to see what it looks like in there?

How is your wire management that is a good way to increase air flow with less restriction in your case to try and move some hot air away from your gpu.

What does your fan setup look like? intake, exhaust etc. A little bit more air flow pushing the hot air out from the fans will help.
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Are the card right next togreather? If so try putting the second card lower down to give the top card more air.
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Originally Posted by ionstorm66 View Post

Are the card right next togreather? If so try putting the second card lower down to give the top card more air.

I believe they are next to each other, he said he had space restrictions and was forced to put them next to each other so I dont think he can move them further away from one another.
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Originally Posted by Maximos118 View Post

Ok will because of case restrictions I have been forced to put my Graphics cards right next to each other.

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Originally Posted by ionstorm66 View Post

Are the card right next togreather? If so try putting the second card lower down to give the top card more air.

Says he's forced to put them right next to each other because of case restriction.
post #6 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by spikezone2004 View Post

I believe they are next to each other, he said he had space restrictions and was forced to put them next to each other so I dont think he can move them further away from one another.

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Originally Posted by bvsbutthd101 View Post


Says he's forced to put them right next to each other because of case restriction.

He also said he has an antec 1200, which is massive. I can't see what is limiting his GPU placement. Maybe he/she can enlighten use to as to why they can't move the GPU.
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Originally Posted by ionstorm66 View Post


He also said he has an antec 1200, which is massive. I can't see what is limiting his GPU placement. Maybe he/she can enlighten use to as to why they can't move the GPU.

Thats why I asked if he had a pic to see whats going on in there to get a better idea of it
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post #8 of 12
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Hey guys. Thanks for replying. Picture time! My cable management is fine. there isn't a single wire in the front compartment of my computer that doesn't belong and most importantly, nothing but my 3 front fans are in front of my GPU's.

Here's my fan set up: 3 120mm at the front pushing in air, one 120mm on the side pushing in air, My H100 is on the back and I'm using push pull so I have 2 120mm pushing and 2 more pulling out. I also have a big ass fan at the top pushing out air.

It's because of my H100. I've had to actually get power tool and drill screw holes 1mm lower in order to fit it in my computer. You can see why in the pictures. The case simply wouldn't take it otherwise. Unless I put it at the top but that's going to be a tough job because there aren't any screw holes so I'd have to take all my hardware out and get the power tools out again. Also the massive fan with the casing around it sticks out so I'd have to use long screws and the large fan doesn't cover the edges for the pull effect. I could do it but it would take A LOT of work.








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post #9 of 12
I think your best bet is to stick a 120mm fan right up against your cards. I think you'll be surprised how big of a difference it makes. In your pictures looks like you could mount it on top of your PSU. If it doesn't make a big improvement you're probably gonna have to move that H100 so you can put one of the cards in the first PCI slot.
post #10 of 12
If you can't move the H100 to another position in the case, I would just get an air cooler so you could move your top GPU to the top PCIe slot. Makes more sense to me than sacrificing the temps on the card for an H100. I'm not a big fan of closed loop coolers though, and probably would opt for an air cooler or custom loop anyway.
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