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looking for a solution to sli on a small mother board

hi guys just built my computer for the first time i bought a sli capable mobo my problem is the slots are too close and it generates heat ..i there a way around this? :??:
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  1. Hi Asriel Peters
    what case do you have ? what cards and mobo ?
    i have had this issue many times , we may be able to come up with a fix , getting air in between the cards is the key
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    Generally Sli && Crossfire does generate more heat.

    Unfortunately there isnt much you can do now, seeing as youve already purchased the motherboard. But next time make sure that the spacing on the motherboard is adequate for your needs.

    One workaround that might help :
    When people set up their sli and crossfire they generally use the top gpu as their primary
    gpu1 -> output
    gpu2 -> slave

    try using the bottom gpu as your primary
    gpu1 -> slave
    gpu2 -> output

    gpu1 will in turn generate a bit less heat. Well this is what ive realised in builds that i have had.

    Also get yourself a SpotCool System Cooler :

    http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Spot-Cool-SpotCool-System/dp/B000I5KSNQ/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1400232788&sr=8-5&keywords=flexible+mount+case+fan

    Hope i could help.
    Regards
    The Cow
  3. HolyCowImAnoOb said:
    Generally Sli && Crossfire does generate more heat.

    Unfortunately there isnt much you can do now, seeing as youve already purchased the motherboard. But next time make sure that the spacing on the motherboard is adequate for your needs.

    One workaround that might help :
    When people set up their sli and crossfire they generally use the top gpu as their primary
    gpu1 -> output
    gpu2 -> slave

    try using the bottom gpu as your primary
    gpu1 -> slave
    gpu2 -> output

    gpu1 will in turn generate a bit less heat. Well this is what ive realised in builds that i have had.

    Also get yourself a SpotCool System Cooler :

    http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Spot-Cool-SpotCool-System/dp/B000I5KSNQ/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1400232788&sr=8-5&keywords=flexible+mount+case+fan

    Hope i could help.
    Regards
    The Cow


    you know i was looking for some kind of copper tubing that i can possibly mount on the heat sinks but your idea is way better
  4. mickypheonix said:
    Hi Asriel Peters
    what case do you have ? what cards and mobo ?
    i have had this issue many times , we may be able to come up with a fix , getting air in between the cards is the key


    and @ mickypheonix i have a RAIDMAX ATX-402WB Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower and a gigabyte z87mx d3h cf and two evga gtc 660 3gb ftw
  5. how close are the two cards , how much room is there between the two ?
  6. mickypheonix said:
    how close are the two cards , how much room is there between the two ?


    not even an inch... the old graphics card has suffered some gravitational pull to where the cards were touching ...fan was clicking due to this so i took two pennies and stacked them in between on the plastic molding of the video cards of course ...but i know this is not a great set up
  7. mickypheonix said:
    how close are the two cards , how much room is there between the two ?


    not even an inch... the old graphics card has suffered some gravitational pull to where the cards were touching ...fan was clicking due to this so i took two pennies and stacked them in between on the plastic molding of the video cards of course ...but i know this is not a great set up
  8. an inch should be lots of room for your top card to breathe and draw in air, i was thinking 2 or 3mm
    perhaps the old card got damaged , what motherboard are you using and what cards ?
  9. mickypheonix said:
    an inch should be lots of room for your top card to breathe and draw in air, i was thinking 2 or 3mm
    perhaps the old card got damaged , what motherboard are you using and what cards ?


    maybe it bent a little while removing it from my other computer my mother board is a gigabyte z87mx d3h
  10. if you run each card on its own in the first slot to they both reach roughly the same temp ? , perhaps there is dust clagged up in the cards heatsink not allowing proper airflow ?
  11. i dont know is 80c too hot? it seems hot
  12. that is fairly high , is that idle ? or ramped up ?
  13. no dust blockage in the card its fairly new it kinda inspired me to build
  14. if that is 80c temp at idle i would be worried
  15. mickypheonix said:
    if that is 80c temp at idle i would be worried


    no its 80 playing games i use a thermaltake nic4 cpu cooler two fans going in three vents going out one for the p/s
  16. you may want to look at better airflow into your cards perhaps better cfm case fans ?
    I had a friend that mounted a 120mm fan above his sli setup by using two of the unused pci brackets as mounting points for a frame he mounted a 120mm fan on , worked a treat
    if you have side panel case fan you might want a better cfm fan for it , what is your case ?
  17. mickypheonix said:
    you may want to look at better airflow into your cards perhaps better cfm case fans ?
    I had a friend that mounted a 120mm fan above his sli setup by using two of the unused pci brackets as mounting points for a frame he mounted a 120mm fan on , worked a treat
    if you have side panel case fan you might want a better cfm fan for it , what is your case ?



    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156296 all fans are running is there a way to mod the fan speed?
  18. mickypheonix said:
    an inch should be lots of room for your top card to breathe and draw in air, i was thinking 2 or 3mm
    perhaps the old card got damaged , what motherboard are you using and what cards ?


    cards are fine the mother board just isnt built for sli yet it supports sli
  19. not really , the best the fans will run is at 12v 100%
    if connected to your motherboard you should be able to change the fan speed to 100% within the bios
    or connect the fans to a 12v molex with a molex to 3pin fan connector and run them direct from your psu at 12v
    a SpotCool System Cooler fan over the gpu may help as suggested by HolyCowImAnoOb you picked as your best solution
  20. thanks will def look into it
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