Originally Posted by windfire
The position of the side fan should be as shown in the pic below and it does not seem that it could interfere with heatpipes from your CPU cooler. (see pic 1 below)
I suspect the interference you are encountering is due to your using a 120mm fan. I give a little bit more thought and I would rather suggest you to use a smaller fan (eg 80mm or 92mm) for 2 reasons:
a. smaller so that the frame of the fan does not interfere with the CPU cooler heatpipes
b. more importantly, a smaller fan will spin faster. With higher air velocity (higher air pressure), the air can penetrate better into the gap.
ok i'll go to frys and invest a few dollares into a 80mm fan. hopefully it will fit. it most likely won't fit though since there are special holes and bracket that only fits 120mm. and i can't use 12cm it interferes with heatpipes.
should i just open the side panel and point a table fan at it?
btw i think a thinner 120mm would fit. do they sell those?
Originally Posted by kairi_zeroblade
same like yours no space to breathe for the 1st card at all..when idle the difference between temps are jsut 4 degs..on load the 1st card goes up til 77c and the 2nd card goes up to 68c..
ninjaed:i own 470's BTW..
those are some super cool temps O_O
idling at 51 MHz, my top card is at 47 C and my bottom at 32 C
playing crysis, my top card can go as high as 96-98 C and my bottom card never go higher than 61 C.
i highly suspect that the 1st card is using the exhaust of the bottom card to cool itself.