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CF "6970" and Dual Monitors

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January 2, 2011 4:53:33 PM

2 days after unwrapping my PC 6950 and flashing it to a 6970, I'm already contemplating crossfire.
The only thing holding me back besides the money, is the temperature increase.
Currently I have my fanspeed at 40%, and it idles at 45 degrees.
If I unplug my second monitor, it immediately drops down to 33-35 degrees since the card won't be stuck on the minimum of 1375mhz to prevent flickering.
Just wondering if anyone with 6970s/6950s in CF can shed some light on the temperature increases going from one card with two monitors, to two cards and two monitors.
I'm running an antec p183, so airflow isn't exactly amazing.

More about : 6970 dual monitors

a c 1308 U Graphics card
a c 94 C Monitor
January 2, 2011 4:55:36 PM

Even at 45°C you have a very nice idle temp.
January 2, 2011 5:01:07 PM

rolli59 said:
Even at 45°C you have a very nice idle temp.

considering fanspeed is manually set at 40%, it doesn't seem that great. plus it's cold here in canada! ambient is pretty low.
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January 3, 2011 4:01:37 AM

anyone?
a c 216 U Graphics card
a c 123 C Monitor
January 3, 2011 4:07:14 AM

What motherboard do you have?
a c 216 U Graphics card
a c 123 C Monitor
January 3, 2011 4:08:39 AM

If you can space the cards a part an extra space so they breath, the temps should be managable. The temps shouldn't be any higher than now. The only reason the 2 monitors increased idle temps was because the memory will no longer down clock when in 2D mode. That won't change with 3 monitors.
a c 216 U Graphics card
a c 123 C Monitor
January 3, 2011 4:10:47 AM

adreen said:
considering fanspeed is manually set at 40%, it doesn't seem that great. plus it's cold here in canada! ambient is pretty low.


You should also setup MSI Afterburner for your fan control. You can setup a curve, so it can idle at a lower fan speed, but higher temp and as the temperature rises, you can have it increase the fan.

That way it's not so noisy except when you need the extra cooling.
January 3, 2011 4:14:19 AM

thanks, i guess i'll just keep an eye out for cheap 6950 reference deals and try it out.
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