Originally Posted by djriful
Room temp is 30.2'C
Mmhh... Ref card is at the bottom with 43'C idle...
Gigabyte Windforce 3X is at 50'C on top of the Ref.
What do you guys suggest? Should I swap it?
The Gigabyte seems to be sucking all the heat wave from the backplate of the ref card.
The ref card has as full aluminum back plate which is also to dissipate heats...
The reference card should always go on the top, as the Gigabyte cooler is not made to suck up all the heat from another card, put the non-ref on the bottom.
Originally Posted by Reworker
I've had a few days off work and have been able to test my cards in their original slots (PCI-E_1 and PCI-E_2 x16) on my Z68X-UD7-B3 mobo. Due to issues with the USB headers I was not able to use the PCI-E x8 slot on the far left of the motherboard; I don't have a crossfire bridge that long either.
So at idle the first card is at 39c and the second card at 35c. This is with my Raven case fans on the high settings and no applications apart from MSI Afterburner running.
Running the Heaven benchmark @ 1920x1200 with medium tessellation, max temp on the first card was 74c, and on the second 65c. I think the better than average air cooling of my Raven case helps to offset the close proximity of the cards to some extent.
I don't have the funds at the moment to buy another mobo, so I will see how it goes until next pay day
I've seen pics of the Asus Maximus IV mobo with HD6970's in crossfire and the gap spacing seems to be optimum. The reason why i went for the UD7 was due to the fact it could handle tri-fire GPU combinations. This still remains a long term goal.
Those temperatures sound a lot more reasonable, I wouldn't bother with a new board then, anything from 70ÂºC to 78ÂºC is great in Crossfire specially now because it is summer.
You've got great temperatures, although I don't quite get how did you fix it?
Either ways, I'm glad it got sorted out!