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Triple X-Fire 6950's.. which aftermarket cooling will still fit in the case?

post #1 of 22
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Hey folks,

We're going triple X-Fire and have read that an aftermarket cooler won't really be necessary, but just for looks, we're interested in knowing which aftermarket cooler's are there that we can purchase in threefold, install, and still manage to fit in a Cooler Master HAF932 with a Maximus IV Etreme mobo? The coolers we've seen so far all take up 3 slots w/card.. any that are black/red, take up 2 slots w/card, and still give lower temps than the stock cooler?

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post #2 of 22
I think the Scythe Setsugen 2 might only take 1 slot, so it should be a tight enough fit to do 2 slots total for card/cooler combined. But I'm not 100% sure on it, it does look pretty thin.

Though from a review or 2, it's cooling performance ain't all that great due to having a fairly thin fan and a really thick contact block before touching the heatpipes.
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post #3 of 22
If you have to look for an aftermarket cooler for the 6950 for a tri-fire configuration then you might wanna look into the Scythe Setsugen 2.
Its a 2 slot cooler.
But whats odd about the Setsugen 2 is that its fan controller must be placed on a free pci-bracket in the back. Might wanna look in to just getting a regular Scythe Slim Fan (2000rpm)to avoid this. They are decent coolers but cant say much for looks.
Hope you understand what i'm saying...might have to post some pics hehehe.
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post #4 of 22
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Ok guys, looking into that now.. just need to see the backside of the fan controller then, maybe they'll fit with a modification or two Does that Setsugen II come with heatsinks by the way?

Otherwise we'll have to take up watercooling?
Edited by DChat - 3/5/11 at 1:00pm
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Otherwise we'll have to take up watercooling?
I wouldn't waste my time or money with air. Trifire is crazy hot. Air coolers will cost you as much as a xspc Razor block... of course the rub to that is you need a watercooling loop to begin with.

Having been thru that, trifire on air is like a rabid pitbull on a leash... where water is like a golden retriever.
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From a review I saw, seems to come with RAMsinks on the Setsugen 2.

I agree with the above post though, if you're going trifire and need the space, may as well go water, it's better overall in the obvious cooling, silence, and taking up less physical space. It'd probably cost relatively the same as 3 aftermarket air coolers.
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Hmm.. ok. I'll have to do some SERIOUS reading about watercooling then.. Do you guys think the processor and NB can be cooled with the same water-cooling unit, or would they have to have their own loop and unit?
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Do you guys think the processor and NB can be cooled with the same water-cooling unit, or would they have to have their own loop and unit?
NB, MB cooling is all bling (erm 98%). Unless you got money burning a whole in your pants (in which case pls donate to tsm fund...) you don't wanan wc the board.
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NB, MB cooling is all bling (erm 98%). Unless you got money burning a whole in your pants (in which case pls donate to tsm fund...) you don't wanan wc the board.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118061

might be too large for tri fire though.
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