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Forgive me if someone has asked this in the past and I've just failed to find it.

I am strongly considering picking up an Asus Xonar Essence STX. I would be plugging it in between my two GTX 480s on my Asus R3E (the cards are in slots 1 and 3, with a 3 way SLI bridge spanning the distance.

Would being sandwiched in between the two 480s be a problem for the card? Would it get too hot? Interference? My cards are no longer water-cooled.

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post #2 of 6
It might make your video cards a little warmer, depending on how airflow is in your case. I personally don't think it would be a problem for the sound card. I have mine pretty much right next to the psu and no interference at all. I assume the STX is very well shielded.
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post #3 of 6
This is why you buy a Xonar Essence ST...

The card will get really hot (I mean two of the hottest graphics cards) and things could get problematic. I'd take the safe route and sell/trade for the PCI version (ST).

OP: The Essence ST is actually a little bit better than the STX version BTW, since it uses a clock circuit.
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Get the ST?
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post #5 of 6
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I think the ST would actually be worse heat wise than the STX. It would have to go in either the 2nd or 4th PCIe x16 slot, putting it right up against the bottom of one of the cards, which is where most of the heat is. If I get the STX, it would be closer to the PCB of the bottom card, which doesn't get as hot as the other side of the 480.
Edited by Mas - 1/8/11 at 3:25am
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post #6 of 6
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Wanted to put out an update incase anyone else ends up with a similar question. I've installed it just above the 2nd GPU which is in the 3rd PCIe x16 slot. Has not increased GPU temps, and the sound card seems to be just fine.
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