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Best 670 for SLI in FT02?

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July 28, 2012 1:45:15 AM

I have an FT02, and am going to get two 670's to run in sli. My question is this...what would be the best card for the unique orientation of my Silverstone case? My concern is mostly for noise, with a secondary concern for temps. I want the cards to run as cool as possible (My mb has a free space between where dual slot cards would fit, giving some breathing room between the cards).

I know for a fact that normal cards (evga, etc) will exhaust all of the heat out of the case very well, but at the expense of more noise. Are there aftermarket coolers that would work well in my case, keeping noise levels down? I am sure the 3 180mm fans will shove any air out of the case with little problem, but I have a lot of respect for a lot of you guys on here and hope to get some opinions. I've noticed Asus' DC coolers have fins that are oriented so that air would flow through them quite nicely in my case, while some cards like Gigabyte's windforce are likely to block the flow of air.

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July 28, 2012 1:58:43 AM

shamsmu said:
Asus gtx 670 direct cu II is significantly quieter than other models, I cant hear mine even when its running at 100%.

That's definitely my card of choice with a normal case! I REALLY wish I had it. However, I've heard about it having issues with a rotated mb. Something about the liquid in the heat pipes not flowing as designed?
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a b U Graphics card
July 28, 2012 2:04:19 AM

that makes it more tricky. Are you, by any chance, considering water cooling that rig?
a b U Graphics card
July 28, 2012 2:14:50 AM

Stick to reference cooling for SLI setup, the whole point of Silverstone's rotated design is for hot air to rise. Blowing hot air into the case with aftermarket cooling is absurd.
July 28, 2012 2:25:30 AM

shamsmu said:
that makes it more tricky. Are you, by any chance, considering water cooling that rig?

Not at this point. I don't think it'd be worth the investment monitarily or time wise at this point. Though I LOVE the idea of it, it just seems like so much work right now. I am planning on an Antec Kuhler or Thermaltake Water cooler 2.0 pro though, for my 2500k.

I know the design is best for reference coolers, but my question is if any aftermarket 670 would yield better noise levels, without compromising any cooling ability.
a b U Graphics card
July 28, 2012 2:27:58 AM

^^I was thinking about the same thing, The evga gtx 670 ftw is a good model with reference designed cooler. But it is not the quietest out there.