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Dual MSI Twin Frozr GTX 480s

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October 25, 2010 10:53:21 PM

Is it possible to run two of these in SLI? I'm under the impression the the card takes up two slots, and therefor I can't. If I can't run two of them, how would I run Dual GTX 480s without overheating issues? I don't know how to install cooling systems.
a c 1406 U Graphics card
October 25, 2010 11:20:31 PM

Yes it is possible! Each card occupies 1 slot and blocks another(PCIe x16 slots are usually not right up against each other other slots in between). In a well ventilated case there should not be any overheating issues.
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October 25, 2010 11:53:14 PM

Ok because I was worried about the cooling fans attached to the GPU blocking the other slot. The MSI Twin Frozrs look bigger than the regular GTX 480. Yay! I'll have two of the via SLI in May :D 
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a c 1406 U Graphics card
October 25, 2010 11:55:23 PM

Still only a dual slot card!
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a c 624 U Graphics card
October 26, 2010 12:13:15 AM

Make sure you have good case ventilation. The Twin Frozr exhausts heat inside the case. That will be one fast setup you have.
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October 26, 2010 12:42:38 AM

Would a 750watt SLI ready PSU be enough? It's going to be an Asus MAXIMUS III Motherboard running a quad core i7 860.
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October 26, 2010 12:59:10 AM

Thanks for all the great answers. One last question, would it be necessary for me to get the MSI Twin Frozr version of the GTX 480 if I'm going SLI? Would over heating be an issue with other versions?
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a c 1406 U Graphics card
October 26, 2010 1:04:07 AM

No it is not necessary to have the twin frozr. All the cards should work fine without overheating.
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October 26, 2010 1:06:23 AM

Thanks a ton! That will save me a lot of money! I was told that running two GTX 480s would generate so much heat that I would need the Twin Frozr version or add a water cooling unit.
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a b U Graphics card
October 26, 2010 1:09:56 AM

Just make sure there is plenty of air flow around the cards, preferably a large side fan blowing cool air right at the cards. 400-500W of heat is a lot of heat, so airflow should not be taken lightly.
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a b U Graphics card
October 26, 2010 1:22:50 AM

Cymerian said:
Thanks a ton! That will save me a lot of money! I was told that running two GTX 480s would generate so much heat that I would need the Twin Frozr version or add a water cooling unit.
No, whoever told you that was telling you the opposite of the truth. Is that a lie? No, just a mistake that happens to be opposite of the truth!

The Twin FROZR cards vent into the case. That means your case gets hotter. What effect this has on your cards depends on how much and what direction your case ventilation has.

The standard card blows most of its heat out the back of the case, through a grille that covers the second slot. So, the standard case heats the case much less.
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November 2, 2010 2:17:16 AM

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a c 272 U Graphics card
November 2, 2010 2:58:48 AM

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