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Possible to Run 260GTX SLI without Water?

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May 24, 2009 7:44:00 AM

I am just curious if its possible to run 2x 260 GTX Evga's without the help of water cooling. If so, how will I be able to tell if its getting too hot?

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May 24, 2009 8:46:37 AM

Yes it is possible.
I tried running 2 280gtx on a test system in my office without water cooling lol. I have to say that fan noise becomes almsot unbearable >.< It was about 75 load.
You can use aftermarket coolers to keep the temps.. however standart coolers are okay at 80-90% if you are ok with noise.
Use programs and utilities to see the temps.

Rivatuner gpu-z, everest ultimate.
My favorite is gpu-z tho.
May 24, 2009 8:47:26 AM

Um ya, you don't need liquid cooling to xfire/sli cards. Even the stock cooling will do. As long as you got decent airflow. Most cards at least all of mine did come with monitor programs, and I'm sure their ones you can find with a quick google search.
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a b U Graphics card
May 24, 2009 9:34:46 AM

It's very possible and probably 95% of enthusiasts running GTX 260s in SLI use only air cooling.

Just monitor temps and to keep the heat from building up, turn up the fans to 90 percent before you start the 3D game.
May 24, 2009 9:43:05 AM

Hang a fan to blow air directly between the 2 cards and under the 2nd card to percent dead air build up. else you have to turn up the 2 cards fan speed 90-100% while playing 3d games. Water cooling is more or less the only way to have sli or xfire to be silent ish vs a wind turbine.
a b U Graphics card
May 24, 2009 1:01:04 PM

Yup your fine im running 2 overclocked gtx 260 sli with air cooling. idle 46c load 70-75c
May 24, 2009 5:02:25 PM

Whats the threshold temperature I should look out for? 90c?

Also, if it seems to get too hot, are there any Air VGA coolers out there? We are using the newest Zalman for the CPU, so maybe custom coolers for the VGA's might be necessary as well. Also, we have no plans to actually overclock the VGA, only the CPU.
a b U Graphics card
May 24, 2009 5:31:23 PM

The max the card can take i believe is 105c.
a b U Graphics card
May 24, 2009 5:58:21 PM

^ yeh, but it's generally good to keep it under 80'C @ full load.
May 24, 2009 6:41:38 PM

Leinahtan said:
Whats the threshold temperature I should look out for? 90c?

Also, if it seems to get too hot, are there any Air VGA coolers out there? We are using the newest Zalman for the CPU, so maybe custom coolers for the VGA's might be necessary as well. Also, we have no plans to actually overclock the VGA, only the CPU.


I have had 280gtx (2+8+0+x) = 20-21 (compared to ur 2+6+0+x = 18-19) running in Sli for about 4-5 days and played crysis and the temps werent higher than 75-80 CELSIUS!!!!!!!!111one

So As I have already mentioned aftermarket coolers are aonly needed if you are planning to:

Overclock
Get rid of the noise

Since standart coolers are usually really loud at 80-100%. So consider using headphones while gaming.
May 24, 2009 6:46:28 PM

It wont kill you as long as you have a large case with good air flow.
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