I currently have an HD 5850 installed, and was considering buying another for crossfire. However, my motherboard (Gigabyte EX58-UD3R) has the pcix16 slots separated by only 1 slot. I am afraid that two of these large cards will cause cooling problems for the top card.
My question is, are there any cooling solutions for the 5850 that will fit in the double-width space allowed by me motherboard?
I have the Coolermaster HAF932 case, so it has good airflow and low internal temps, if that makes a difference.
The 5800 series cards will overheat if they are right next to each other and you run something like furmark . Other than running furmark while having poor case ventilation though they seem to operate well enough. I got my 5870 with the inverted cooler so I wouldn't have to worry about it if I upgraded latter on to a motherboard that placed the PCI-E slots closer, assuming I have two 5870s by then anyway ^_^.
If you are worried about the heat I am not aware of any inverted coolers for the 5850. You could slap a water block on them, but with your case you should be o.k just they way they are.