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Antec Sonata II air flow with sli?

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At the moment I have a thermaltake armor case with 4 3 120mm fans + more. The case supply's the cards enough air to stay at the lowest air temp they can.
As you can see the sonata only has one 120 rear fan. The case is appealing because of its noise dampening features.
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I had the original Sonata and it is a nice case, but not for a powerful gaming rig. The bottom gpu will be very close to the bottom of the case and even if you add a second 120 mm fan (mine had mounts for one on the left side of the hard drive cage) you simply do not get enough cool air in.
I tried to run two 9800Gt's in sli and had issues with the bottom gpu overheating. Also, the psu sucks up a lot of the case heat - which is not ideal.

Because everything runs hot, all their fans spin up to max and you no longer have a quiet case/system.

The Corsair 550D might be a better choice.

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