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Well after averting a financial crisis at home, and selling my 3 GTX480's I replaced them with 3 Gigabyte GV-N580UD-15I aka Windforce 3X cards.

Bottom line? They are going back asap. Although the cards themselves are great, solid performing cards in my application on the SR-2 they are basically worthless because of the cooler design.

ANYONE considering SLI or Tri-SLI should stay far away from these cards (all dual / tri fan setups). The problem being that unless you have at least one open pci-e slot between them to feed fresh air into the fans you will have serious trouble.

While a single card or even standard SLI (two cards) may be fine with *great* airflow, if you have them butted up against each other the #2 and #3 cards temps skyrocket and crash the pc. something with my EVGA GTX480 that never happened.

The middle card gets starved for air...... in a bad way.

Idle Temps:
Card 1: 36C
Card 2: 52C
Card 3: 44C

Load Temp:
Card 1: 61C
Card 2: >100C
Card 3: >100C


Clearly these cards in a single card setup are the bomb. In more then one its sketchy at best.

Unboxing (Droid Pro Pix sorry):

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I would say ..... avoid these cards unless you're *really* *really* sure you wont be going sli or have your machine in a wind tunnel!
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If you can afford GTX 580 Triple SLi.. get a Rasa Kit.

And a new camera, no offense biggrin.gif
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Do you have case fans? I would think that having a fan blowing in from the front and a fan for exhaust out the back would help no?
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I would advice you to go wet on those cards - as it seems although the good cooler they are pretty hot for SLI.
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They look so nice, you could toss the middle one my way though. biggrin.gif
Sad that you gotta return them, what you gonna replace them with?
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Originally Posted by Track;12333364 
If you can afford GTX 580 Triple SLi.. get a Rasa Kit.

And a new camera, no offense biggrin.gif


LOL

1) Ive water cooled every multi-gpu setup Ive had for the last 3 years (GTX285 Tri-SLI, HD5970 CFX, GTX480 Tri-SLI) and am just over it already .. the hassle added versus the gains to be felt 24/7 are unlike a CPU.

2) Have a 7D w/17-55mm 2.8 but left my camera bag at work wiseguy lol
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Do you have case fans? I would think that having a fan blowing in from the front and a fan for exhaust out the back would help no?


I have the mobo tray on my desk right now in a tech bench setup and even with 2 120mm 78CFM fans on them it makes no significant difference. The cooler is designed to pull air through the fans and exhaust in every direction out , so I even tried putting the 120mm's to draw air away faster through the fins and no joy.

probably going to replace with ye' ole faithful evga cards and call it a day until i break down and order blocks for them.
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Originally Posted by ShtSh00ttr;12333413 
LOL

1) Ive water cooled every multi-gpu setup Ive had for the last 3 years (GTX285 Tri-SLI, HD5970 CFX, GTX480 Tri-SLI) and am just over it already .. the hassle added versus the gains to be felt 24/7 are unlike a CPU.

2) Have a 7D w/17-55mm 2.8 but left my camera bag at work wiseguy lol

Pwned biggrin.gif

1.) You went WC and prefer the extreme noise and heat of three GTX 580's? It's like having a machine to stop babies from crying and pooping.. and you want the whole experience.

2.) A fellow Canon Pro could post pics with THAT horrible quality? Odd.
But that's why I have a T2i as back-up to my 5D - one's always around.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Track;12333478 
Pwned biggrin.gif

1.) You went WC and prefer the extreme noise and heat of three GTX 580's? It's like having a machine to stop babies from crying and pooping.. and you want the whole experience.

2.) A fellow Canon Pro could post pics with THAT horrible quality? Odd.
But that's why I have a T2i as back-up to my 5D - one's always around.


tell ya what .. tomorrow Ill take a few snaps with the 17-55 2.8 wide open and a 50mm 1.4 and we can discuss the bokeh while my cards sit idly waiting for an RMA # lol
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