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Titan Black SLI in a Corsair 350D - Air Cooled. Too risky?

post #1 of 11
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Hey folks,

This is my first build in over 10 years. My plans are to configure something VERY powerful in a SMALL form factor. I actually owned a new Mac Pro but returned it for its lack of GPU power (they were downclocked gaming cards with FirePro drivers). The GPGPU pro compute power I need is not that large to require workstation cards, so Titan Blacks in SLI will do more than what I need and very well. Anyhow, I hate large bulky computers and I love the way the Corsair 350D looks. I have two Titan Blacks in my possession, however have not ordered the rest of the components. In my mind it looks like this:

Corsair 350D
Asus Gene IV x79
Intel 4970K
32Gb Platinum Dominator RAM
2 Titan Blacks
Corsair AX860i PSU

Now I would be installing EVGA's ACX dual fan coolers to the Titan's.

I'm just curious what all you experienced builders out there think? Do these GPUs run too hot for this small of a case being air cooled? Am I going to regret not having expansion? I do 3D modeling/CAD work and gaming. No need for fancy capture cards or sound cards... Just a dope processor and GPUs. Look forward to hearing your thoughts...
post #2 of 11
Run them with the blowers, it will be fine. I've run 770 SLI with titan coolers as well as 780 SLI in the 350D, no problems.
post #3 of 11
I would stay with the blowers also. In a smaller case, 2 acx will probably burn each other up. The Titan cooler isn't real loud anyways.
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post #4 of 11
+1 to using the stock blower coolers on the Titans... will be just fine as long as you are running them at stock

+1000 to using the stock blower coolers if you are planning on overclocking the CPU and using an air heatsink... you really don't need the GPUs taking a giant hot dump all over your CPU in a small case
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post #5 of 11
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Awesome. Stock coolers it is. Using the Corsair H100i for CPU cooling out the top.
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by onmybikedrunk View Post

Awesome. Stock coolers it is. Using the Corsair H100i for CPU cooling out the top.

The nice thing is there is still a slot for a sound card or whatever, here is what mine looked like:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
I think I actually read your post when you were first trying this out... There's no hit in performance when placing the second GPU in an x8 slot right? Maybe 2 FPS? Was there any interference with the Sound Card? I'm just going to use the on board audio, but was thinking of hardware RAID. Because it's going to be a dual-boot Hackintosh, for the Mac OS X side software RAID can be a pain. Thanks for your input guys! I'll post pics once I'm up and running.
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by onmybikedrunk View Post

I think I actually read your post when you were first trying this out... There's no hit in performance when placing the second GPU in an x8 slot right? Maybe 2 FPS? Was there any interference with the Sound Card? I'm just going to use the on board audio, but was thinking of hardware RAID. Because it's going to be a dual-boot Hackintosh, for the Mac OS X side software RAID can be a pain. Thanks for your input guys! I'll post pics once I'm up and running.

No problems at all except the SBZ was a piece of crap and died within a few weeks, so did the replacement.
post #9 of 11
You will have no worries: been running SLI Titans in slots 1 and 4 on a RIV-G since the 350 came out, with both cards Folding since day one 24/7 (Well, save when I play games) with no issues at all.





*edited to add pic*
Edited by Panther Al - 4/12/14 at 2:23pm
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
Hey Panther!

Thanks for the info! I grew up in Frederick MD... Class of 99 Urbana (unfortunately - bunch of WASPy brats). Anyway, thanks for your input, I loved your thread man. Real cool how much work went into this thing and it's gorgeous!
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