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Hey guys,

Im rebuilding the sig rig in a new case and with 3 eVGA GTX580 Hydro Copper 2 cards in SLI (Possibly adding a 4th next week).

I am ok with running them at x8/x8/x8/x8 if I can pack them tighter (4 cards sandwiched in slots 1-4, instead of slots 1,3,5,7) and then have my last 3 pcie slots for two RAID Controllers and my sound card.

As far as for right now I can use Flexible SLI bridges in cris-cross (which is how I ran them with my Windforce 3 GTX 580s) . But All the Quad-SLI bridges require the "hard" bridge which requires them in slots 1,3,5,7. I'm relatively certain I can make it work again with 9cm flexible bridges again but here is the real question:

Who/Where makes adapters that will allow me to run the water to them in parallel for inlet/outlet with NO empty slot between them?

Basically coming out of 2 560 rads in serial to GPU's Inlet 1 -> Inlet 2 -> Inlet 3 -> Inlet 4. Then Outlet 1 -> Outlet 2 -> Outlet 3 -> Outlet 4 -> Pump 1 -> Pump 2-> Raidator 1 -> Radiator 2-> BACK TO INLET 1.

I want to make sure the inlet water temps aren't getting heat dump from card 1 -> card 2 -> card 3 -> card 4 the way they would if I just ran one line for the first inlet and then one line out from the last outlet.

Any Ideas/Suggestions?

**ALSO: The reason I want the cards butted up against each other is #1: They are single slot cards with water and backplates . #2: The LSI 9265-8i RAID Controllers have a heatsink on them that needs air flow as it gets pretty hot. If I put them between the GPU's it will not only look like hell but also warm the cards significantly. ***
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I don't think that putting the sound and raid cards between the GPUs will heat them at all. The relative amount of heat being dissipated is just too small to make a difference of more than 1C.

That being said, Danger Den and Koolance both make GPU links that can connect cards in two adjacent slots. The kit costs $10 and only comes with 1 fitting so to connect 4 cards in parallel you're going to need 8 of them.

Connecting the cards in parallel also means that the heat dump from one card is not pushed into the next, as the water flows through all of the cards simultaneously.
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I don't think that putting the sound and raid cards between the GPUs will heat them at all. The relative amount of heat being dissipated is just too small to make a difference of more than 1C.

That being said, Danger Den and Koolance both make GPU links that can connect cards in two adjacent slots. The kit costs $10 and only comes with 1 fitting so to connect 4 cards in parallel you're going to need 8 of them.

Connecting the cards in parallel also means that the heat dump from one card is not pushed into the next, as the water flows through all of the cards simultaneously.

True but the affect of the heat being trapped on the RAID controller is a pretty big concern too....... Dual core 800Mhz RoC gets very very ht and requires airflow. I'd rather not have a ghetto fan taped to my gpu's to get that airflow LOL
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Through the raid card in the loop as well? It wouldn't add much heat dump to the loop, the only reason it's getting so hot as it is is that it's heat sink is so bad.
Edited by charliehorse55 - 4/2/11 at 10:14am
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I'm surprised nobody has asked you the obvious question. Why so much overkill?
    
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put a fan on it, man up!
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True but the affect of the heat being trapped on the RAID controller is a pretty big concern too....... Dual core 800Mhz RoC gets very very ht and requires airflow. I'd rather not have a ghetto fan taped to my gpu's to get that airflow LOL
getto modding an SR-2 Quad SLI setup? that would have to win you some kind of award

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I'm surprised nobody has asked you the obvious question. Why so much overkill?
and its cause we are OCN
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getto modding an SR-2 Quad SLI setup? that would have to win you some kind of award
Nooooooooooooooooo I refuse for once to ghetto mod on this rig lol
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