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Hi ppl

These cards are making me very uneasy about my new build, do they really need to design them that they are this close to each other. I had to spread them a bit otherwise they are touching each other, the bottom can short circuit with the top metal plate at the power connections on the PCB board.

Maybe i should insulate the top plate somehow.

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post #2 of 35
only thing you can do is try to find a motherboard with 2 slots inbetween the two main pcie slots. thats usually the first thing i look at in a motherboard.

keep an eye on your gpu temps during games and benchmarks. as long as they stay within spec you will be ok. and the insulation is a good idea. i would probably cry if i short circuited one of my cards.
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post #3 of 35
If they aren't touching after you install them they are unlikely to move to a position where they would short one another.

That's why I always thought it was better to get reference design when running SLI with no PCIE slots between (because they were designed with clearance and airflow considerations in mind).
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post #4 of 35
A solid sli bridge may help with spreading the cards apart a bit.
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Why anyone runs multi-GPU setups like this is beyond me (When primary PCIE lanes are this close, that is) Top card temps on twin frozr models (and cyclones, and others) go through the roof when they aren't allowed to breathe. Gotta have that extra slot in there IMO.

Shorting should not be an issue under normal situations though.
    
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Why anyone runs multi-GPU setups like this is beyond me (When primary PCIE lanes are this close, that is) Top card temps on twin frozr models (and cyclones, and others) go through the roof when they aren't allowed to breathe. Gotta have that extra slot in there IMO.

Shorting should not be an issue under normal situations though.
Side panel fan is all it takes to resolve temps. Sometimes it works better as an exhaust rather than an intake, but either way temps will not be an issue if you can get the fan on them.
 
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post #7 of 35
I think there is a coating that makes the metal non conductive, was anyway for for XFi card but that was a different ballpark. But as already stated, the first cards temps are going to be trash with 0 breathing room.
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post #8 of 35
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A solid sli bridge may help with spreading the cards apart a bit.
oh, good one, can i use the tri sli bride?
thx for the idea mate
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post #9 of 35
definitely unacceptable.


i can give them a good home with room to breathe!

have you tested your temps on them?
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oh, good one, can i use the tri sli bride?
thx for the idea mate
Normaly they would work but that card only has a socket for 2 SLi.
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