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post #1 of 21
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Hi All,

I recently went SLI and my box is running almost 10 degrees hotter all around. I think I will change it back to a single graphics card. Anyone else tried sli?
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post #2 of 21
That's one of the main reasons I'm sticking to single card solutions. Living in south Texas I don't have much need for a space heater, even in winter.
    
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post #3 of 21
two GPU's will naturally produce more heat, stick with the SLI, if you are using two aging graphics cards, it seems like a bad idea to cripple the system by removing one and losing 80% GPU power
    
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What's the issue with your box running hotter? Has it affect any overclocking or performance? If not, you'll get more out of running SLI than not.
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post #5 of 21
the bigger the cards, the more temps will rise, unless you watercool.

think about it. ONE 8800GTX at 70 degrees with stock cooling under load.
now ADD ONE more 8800GTX with the same stats....

it may be a lot less dramatic with two 6800gt but same concept. Best to get ONE big card (instead of TWO 8800gts, ONE 8800gtx etc...)
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You guys are making me regret ordering a 2nd 8800GTX, my case gets hot enough as it is.
 
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post #7 of 21
I don't care about heat! I would love to go SLI! I have my ceiling fans on full blast all the time. I will sacrafice my comfort for awesome gaming! now I just need to get another 6800! and a WC setup. Deff not going to try to air cool them, with the overclocking I plan to do.

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post #8 of 21
More heat is normal with dual graphics cards, though you won't notice too much of an increase if you compensate by improveing the air flow inside the chassis.
post #9 of 21
Hell, I have plenty of headroom when it comes to case temps. I wish I had another card to SLI. I'd welcome the hell out of it. (Course, if I had the money I would like a 8800 or a 2900XT instead...)
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post #10 of 21
Like Duckie said, unless the extra heat is causing you to back down your overclock or making your system unstable, who cares? You already have the two cards might as well use them

My roommate has the same system as me, except he has dual 7600's and I have a 7900. At the time we bought our systems, his dual 7600's were about 5% less total cost than my one 7900 after MIR, and he gets slightly better benchmarks than me. I think this is the exception to the rule. In my opinion, you'll almost always get more performance by buying a better card that costs 2x as much as whatever you're considering putting into SLI. There's exceptions, but IMO it's usually true.

But since you already have 2 cards, why not use them?

LOL I just remembered my roommate never got his MIR... They rejected his request and tried telling him he only bought one and made a copy of the IPC, even though he really bought two. Haha owned. (forget which company)
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