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So i run my 280's in SLi but ive noticed that while having them both near full load that one is at around 95 degrees and one is at like 77 degrees, im guessing perhaps my older one may have dust in it or something? Either way id like to look into some cooling options, preferably air cooling. any suggestions?
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Are they butting up against each other? I don't know your board, but spacing them another slot away might solve your temp problem. Blowing them both out and replacing the TIM wouldn't hurt either
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They are well spaced, i have a Maximus III Formula


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They are well spaced, i have a Maximus III Formula


you can add a 8cm fan on top of two display cards, it can help to blow more cool air to the top card.
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i was thinking maybe of these
http://www.arctic.ac/en/p/cooling/vg...ro.html?c=2182

I havnt been able to find many coolers for these cards at the stores i usually buy from.

i might try adding that small fan at the top as you suggested and see how that goes, the other thing is that i dont want to take apart the card to clean it as the shroud is attached to the heatsink and it means replacing the thermal paste, so ill probably just blow it out with a compressed air gun.
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I had two of those Acceleros on my previous SLI GTX 275 setup, they worked great. About a 20-25C load temp. reduction for both cards.
Here is an earlier post and photo:
http://www.overclock.net/11582882-post7.html
Your board and case looks similar for the spacing I had at the time for the coolers.
But if you go that route, you will have to take the cards apart and clean them thoroughly to stick on the sinks. And re-apply tim, then attach the cooler/fan assemblies. Plus cough-up whatever they will cost you in New Zealand. They cost me about $75 US x 2, at the time.
May be better to try the extra fan and blow them out first!
    
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i might re-apply the thermal paste on the hotter card and see how that helps.

btw a question for you, did you have any improvement going from the SLi to the 480?
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i might re-apply the thermal paste on the hotter card and see how that helps.

btw a question for you, did you have any improvement going from the SLi to the 480?
The tim replacement should help, and the card will get well cleaned in the process. It made a difference for me when I re-did the tim on the 275's, think I used MX-2 at the time, before I had bought the Acceleros.

Currently, in benching, I am well ahead of my SLI GTX 275 setup with one 480.
Higher score in Vantage with the 480, more fps in the Heaven benchmark, and all the games I've tried. Not by anything crazy like double, but the fact that one card can even match two is amazing. But that's technology, the 580 is even faster.

I have to say though that having run various cards in sli, and I also had two different models of Nvidia's dual-gpu cards, I prefer one good fast card overall.

Now watch me pick up a second bargain-priced 480 after saying that
    
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yea, i just like the idea of sli, whether it is beneficial or not who cares, it looks awesome
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So i run my 280's in SLi but ive noticed that while having them both near full load that one is at around 95 degrees and one is at like 77 degrees, im guessing perhaps my older one may have dust in it or something? Either way id like to look into some cooling options, preferably air cooling. any suggestions?
They are different temps because one is the primary card and the other is the slave card. The primary will always have a higher temp due to the higher calculation rate.

As SLI scaling has improved with he 4xx and 5xx the temps have stabilized and become much more similar. My 480's load within 5c of one another.
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