My microATX gaming rig needs a cooler running GPU setup! Overheats have always been the limitation of what my system can do. I'm thinking of ditching the crossfire but my PCIe 2.0x16 slots run at x8 even with a single card.(DFI LP JR P45 T2RS mobo)
Can I run GTX 660 TI in a PCIe 2.0x16@x8 slot with minimal loss?
What are the coolest running gaming gpus right now? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Motherboard:: DFI LP JR P45 T2RS
Graphics Card::radeon 2x 4850 in crossfire
Case::Supertalent ST161B Micro-ATX Tower, Black
Power Supply::Corsair TX850
Hard Drive::system:2x 150g velociraptor RAID0,
Operating System: 7 Ultimate
The GPUs are ASUS and they vent inside the case.. also they are right on top of each other on the mobo... I knew soon after I bought them that crossfire was not worth the squeeze but I gotta try every new thing on the market... I'm not happy with ATI in general.. I just got borderlands 2 and can't force v-sync even with radeon pro. I'm hearing nvidia/Phys-x is what's up for that game at least...
My mobo is designed for crossfire and has 2 PCIe 2.0 x16 slots but even with one card will only do x16 @ x8... can't seem to find any better mobos though. I need socket 775 with raid and PCIe2.0 if anyone knows a source. Hate to move on from this rig as the cpu retailed for about $1000 US.
Thanks for all the ideas.. I read the "Best video cards sept. 2012" article here and 7870 is soundin pretty good..... now to find the coolest running model on the above mentioned list.... Tom
PS.. I modded my case to accept extra fans and I think with a single card that vents outside the case..it will be fine. The coiled fan wires on the right are for 3 stealth fans that blow right on the cards(attached to case cover panel)This is a lan party rig...
Thanks for the link.. was useful but I'd really like to see a chart showing which brand/model 7870 runs the coolest.. had the best cooling solution. I'm thinking maybe the xfx version with 2 fans? do they really vent outside the case?