Asus non-reference SLI

Greetings everyone, this is my first post on Tom's hardware.

Here's my question,

I just built my dream system and everything is looking good aside from being a little uncomfortable with gap between my two cards, or lack of. In concerned they may be too close together and that they may be getting a little too hot.

Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X58

Here's a side pic of the system: . Note that I've removed the divider between the cards and the CPU.

With the system under a load the bottom card runs at about 135 F, while the top card stays at around 157 F. Is this temperature range within reasonable spec for these cards? I also observed that the non reference cards have a traditional heat sync that simply dissipates heat into the surrounding air, while a standard reference card actually extracts air out of the case via the heat sync air tunnel and PCI slot. This may be compounding the issue by leaving stagnant air around the cards. I'm still within the return policy so I can exchange the 460s for a reference card if necessary, although, if my temps are in spec there's no need to at this point.

Thank you very much

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  1. I'm pretty sure it's fine as long as the cards don't go over 80c.
    Someone correct me if I'm wrong*
  2. 157°F=70°C that is a not bad, max temp for the GPU is 104°C according to nvidia
  3. rolli59 said:
    157°F=70°C that is a not bad, max temp for the GPU is 104°C according to nvidia

    Yea, but he won't want to be playing a game while the cards are at 100c for an hour or two.
    I can't stand reading gpu temps at ??*F because it always scares me when it says "120*F."
    That's why I have everything read to me as celsius for hardware temps >.>
  4. You are fine with those temps, and well within the normal operating range.
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