my problem is following: I'm running dual HD4870X2 cards (Sapphire) and recently I bought two of the Accelero Xtreme coolers and mounted them on my boys, hoping it will finally stop overheating. Well temperatures at GPUs dropped, noise dropped, all win. But when playing some game which equally uses both graphic cards (Call of Juarez - Bound In Blood now), it just burns down rapidly and PC shuts down, last line in the log of Everest program shows 122°C on GPU1 VRM.
I tought maybe one of the cards is bad and heats too much, removed the lower card, worked like charm (GPU1 VRM 71°C), switched the cards, same result. When I plug both, system overheats. My guess is because of the lower card's back just pump heat into fans of upper card which ain't cooled much then.
I'd be really grateful for any suggestions how to cool those mofos, I've applied AS5 under all heatsinks, helped a bit, but in the end it still overheats.
Case Lian-Li Armorsuit PC80, 3x 120mm intake fans, 1x 120mm exhaust at back (+ PSU exhaust), 1x 120mm exhaust on the top.
Take off the left panel of the case. If it has large holes, you can do cable management.
Typically there will be a hole near the PSU and a hole near the hard drive cage.
Typically you pass the power cables out the PSU hole behind the motherboard wall to the hard drive cage.
You can also hide any unused cables this way.
Not all cases have the holes. You could cut the holes yourself. If you do make sure you file the edges smooth so as not to cut any cables. You void your case warranty by altering it with holes.
When reassembling the left panel, do not put excessive force on it. If there is a cable impeding proper closure, remove it rather than damage it.
Cable management makes a big difference in air flow in the case.
Buy zip ties, zip tie mounts, spiral wrap, Velcro ties.
Run cables against wall (Rear fan wall) or behind cages.
If you make holes, spray with tectyl against rust. Use a grommet or door edge trim (at auto parts stores) to protect the wires that go through.
2evongugg: I've even tried opening the case and aiming huge "desktop" fan at the cards, didn't help. As for cable management, I don't have any unused cables (I can plug cables only I need into PSU and put the rest in the box) in the case and all of them are tied as much as possible, but I'll try to look at it again. As for the fan hack, interesting, but when I'm testing it, I put both cards' fans on 100%.
2uncfan_2563: what do you mean by "end of the first 4870x2"?