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Help me Cool my GTX 570 SC HDs in my CM Storm Sniper

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Hello all,

This past week I installed my 2 EVGA 570 SC HDs (my rig is listed in my signature). (Please note: that the HD version changes the cooling from the stock 570) The cards run well but I am having some heat issues. The two cards idle at 37C and 35C but in games the top card sometimes gets into the low 80s with the fans at 85% and at 100% utilization. (The second (lower) card runs about 8C cooler at 100% utilization, usually topping out at 75C, which I am fine with). From what I understand, 85C or below is fine for long term use, but I would like to get the temps down anyway.

I do have the latest drivers and I run custom fan profiles through Precision (basically whenever the temps go over 75C the cards go to 85% fan speed). I haven't downloaded the fan unlocker because these cards are too loud anyway at 85%. This is the one area I am disapointed with these cards. My old 2 x EVGA 8800 GTS 512s were never nearly as loud even at 100% fan but I guess that is beside the point.

My case has front and side 200mm fans for intake and a 200mm on the top for exhuast as well as my H70 in place of the rear fan as exhaust.

I was wondering what would be the easiest steps to reduce the temps on my top GPU (i've done a fair job with the cable management and any improvements probably won't make much of a difference). One possible solution I've seen is fan cards. The following are two examples: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-112-_-Product or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-065-_-Product


These are few complications, however. First, I only have two PCIe slots available, and they only have room for single slot cards/fans. One PCIe is right above the top GPU and one PCIe slot is right between the top and bottom GPUs. Both GPUs face downward (fans face down). Also, I have only been able to find fan cards that plug into the MOBO that use normal PCI and not PCIe. So, that may limit what I can use.

So, my first question is what type of cooling solution should I try? For example, is it best to get the cooler that uses two fans to blow additional air on the top GPU? Does it matter if the cooler is above or below the GPU? Or, it is better to use one of the coolers that helps vent the hot air out of the case? Any other relatively easy possible solutions?

Thanks for the help!
Jacob

Edit: Links Fixed!
Edited by magogian - 3/6/11 at 5:26pm
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post #2 of 5
would help if the links worked >_<
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post #3 of 5
To be honest, 80c doesn't seem that bad

my 5770 tops at 85c and zero problems in almost a year

but anyways

some users of the Sniper put a 1200 fan in the hdd cage next to the gpu to cool even more
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post #4 of 5
Stick a fan somewhere on your HDD cage. Make sure it's blowing onto the cards so the top card can have some fresh air going through.
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I'm also a proud GTX 570 HD owner.

I really like the card buy I figured I'm going to get the ASUS DirectCU II version, since I can fit any GPU in my case ATM and 3 slots is not an issue since I will probably neved do SLI. All I can say is get more case fans
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