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GTX 2 Way 480 SLI cooling.

I am getting 2 GTX 480s for my system to run in SLI, which has an i5 2500k and 8GB Ram. I was just wondering, since 2 480s are bound to get very hot, would I need to upgrade my case or add extra fans to it to keep it cool enough. I have the Coolermaster CM Force 500, there is one case fan, and I can add 5 more. What do you guys think I should do?
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  1. mxobb124 said:
    What do you guys think I should do?

    Not buy the 480's in the first place given the issues you've stated and their age.
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    Get a couple of fans blowing directly on the cards, and then one or two good exhaust fans. Even if they are reference cards blowing their heat outside the case, their exposed heatpipes tend to warm up the interior of the case.
  3. Thanks for the answer, I'll do that soon. Do you know how loud they would be?
  4. mxobb124 said:
    Thanks for the answer, I'll do that soon. Do you know how loud they would be?


    I had a GTX 480, and they do get loud. On the forums, I was always defending them and saying the noise "isn't that bad", but as soon as the GTX 580 was released I didn't hesitate to upgrade just for the noise factor.

    Two in SLI is going to be, shall we say, noticeable. That's why you need to keep them cooled with additional fans blowing directly on them, so that their own fans don't need to ramp up as much. Cooling is key. Maybe at some point, you might consider getting an aftermarket cooler, like the Arctic Cooling Accelro Extreme or Gelid Icy Vision.
  5. 17seconds said:
    mxobb124 said:
    Thanks for the answer, I'll do that soon. Do you know how loud they would be?


    I had a GTX 480, and they do get loud. On the forums, I was always defending them and saying the noise "isn't that bad", but as soon as the GTX 580 was released I didn't hesitate to upgrade just for the noise factor.

    Two in SLI is going to be, shall we say, noticeable. That's why you need to keep them cooled with additional fans blowing directly on them, so that their own fans don't need to ramp up as much. Cooling is key. Maybe at some point, you might consider getting an aftermarket cooler, like the Arctic Cooling Accelro Extreme or Gelid Icy Vision.


    Or perhaps, attach a Corsair H80 to them, like some are doing elsewhere on the internet :)
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