First time SLI, would like some feedback on my airflow
Hello all I finally finished my first build about 2 months ago every thing running perfect with one GTX 580 my idle card temp was 30-34 and my idle cpu temp was 25-28, under load gpu with MSI Afterburner set to 56 fan temp was 56-58 cpu 45-50 depends on game.

Now I finally added a 2nd 580 and a Corsair HX1050 PSU. My MB only lets me use slot 1 and 2 for SLI so I got about 1-1.5 inches between the 2 cards.

Card one the top card idles now 37-40
Card two idles 30-34

I know they are hotter on top as it sucks in hot air off the bottom gpu.

Load now with MSI set to 58 fan is 58-78 depends on game (between WoW and say Metro 2033)
Cpu the same as before no change nice and kool.

Now my case is a Antec DF-85 its huge wind tunnel lol

Here is a pic [img]http://pcper.com/images/news/antec6.jpg[/img]

3 front intake 120mm fans adjustable speeds, 2 top 140mm exhaust fans, 1 rear 120mm exhaust fan, 1 rear 120mm intake (as I used this for the corsair H60 and made it into push pull, also the H60 is mounted on the bottom back fan as the upper one was not an options because of the height of the rad.), and 1 120mm side fan in exhaust to pull the hot airr from the gpus and H60 out the side also.

Now my question is I know my temps are fine and well within reason and operating limit, but how does everyone else use the side ase fan ?
I have read so many pages now and seen so many polls almost divide up the middle half say use push to kool the cards and the other half say use pull to suck out the hot air between them.

What do you find works best with SLI? or should I not even change anything since temps are fine?

Opions and thoughts are welcomed and thank you for them.

lol hope I gave enough info also the rest of my specs if needed are in my sig.

TY :)
Hello all I finally finished my first build about 2 months ago every thing running perfect with one GTX 580 my idle card temp was 30-34 and my idle cpu temp was 25-28, under load gpu with MSI Afterburner set to 56 fan temp was 56-58 cpu 45-50 depends on game.



Now I finally added a 2nd 580 and a Corsair HX1050 PSU. My MB only lets me use slot 1 and 2 for SLI so I got about 1-1.5 inches between the 2 cards.



Card one the top card idles now 37-40

Card two idles 30-34



I know they are hotter on top as it sucks in hot air off the bottom gpu.



Load now with MSI set to 58 fan is 58-78 depends on game (between WoW and say Metro 2033)

Cpu the same as before no change nice and kool.



Now my case is a Antec DF-85 its huge wind tunnel lol



Here is a pic Image



3 front intake 120mm fans adjustable speeds, 2 top 140mm exhaust fans, 1 rear 120mm exhaust fan, 1 rear 120mm intake (as I used this for the corsair H60 and made it into push pull, also the H60 is mounted on the bottom back fan as the upper one was not an options because of the height of the rad.), and 1 120mm side fan in exhaust to pull the hot airr from the gpus and H60 out the side also.



Now my question is I know my temps are fine and well within reason and operating limit, but how does everyone else use the side ase fan ?

I have read so many pages now and seen so many polls almost divide up the middle half say use push to kool the cards and the other half say use pull to suck out the hot air between them.



What do you find works best with SLI? or should I not even change anything since temps are fine?



Opions and thoughts are welcomed and thank you for them.



lol hope I gave enough info also the rest of my specs if needed are in my sig.



TY :)

Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 Case

ASUS P8Z68-V Pro/Gen3

i7-2600k @ 4.4 GHz

Corsair H60 in Push/Pull

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 9-9-9-24

2 Zotac GTX 580s in SLI

Crucial M4 128GB SSD for OS

Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 7200 RPM HDD

PSU Corsair HX 1050W

Windows 7 64-Bit Home Premium

Monitor Dell UltraSharp U2410 (1920x1200)

#1
Posted 09/19/2011 03:18 PM   
Temps are fine, leave it alone. You could add a Corsair Hydro Series CPU cooler and get rid of a few of those fans. The GPU's will cool themselves pretty well since they exhaust out the back of the case and have their own fans.
Temps are fine, leave it alone. You could add a Corsair Hydro Series CPU cooler and get rid of a few of those fans. The GPU's will cool themselves pretty well since they exhaust out the back of the case and have their own fans.

Intel Core i7 X 980 3.33GHz @ 3.3 GHz

eVGA X58 Classified 4-Way SLI motherboard

HAF-X Case, Corsair H80 CPU Liquid Cooler

12GB System RAM

EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480

KingWin Mach 1 ATX 1220-Watt Power Supply

Western Digital VelociRaptor 10000 RPM hdd

#2
Posted 09/19/2011 03:43 PM   
[quote name='BobbyNow' date='19 September 2011 - 11:43 AM' timestamp='1316446989' post='1295258']
Temps are fine, leave it alone. You could add a Corsair Hydro Series CPU cooler and get rid of a few of those fans. The GPU's will cool themselves pretty well since they exhaust out the back of the case and have their own fans.
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I do have a Cosair Hydro H60 I said it's in push/pull /wink.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=';)' />
[quote name='BobbyNow' date='19 September 2011 - 11:43 AM' timestamp='1316446989' post='1295258']

Temps are fine, leave it alone. You could add a Corsair Hydro Series CPU cooler and get rid of a few of those fans. The GPU's will cool themselves pretty well since they exhaust out the back of the case and have their own fans.



I do have a Cosair Hydro H60 I said it's in push/pull /wink.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=';)' />

Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 Case

ASUS P8Z68-V Pro/Gen3

i7-2600k @ 4.4 GHz

Corsair H60 in Push/Pull

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 9-9-9-24

2 Zotac GTX 580s in SLI

Crucial M4 128GB SSD for OS

Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 7200 RPM HDD

PSU Corsair HX 1050W

Windows 7 64-Bit Home Premium

Monitor Dell UltraSharp U2410 (1920x1200)

#3
Posted 09/19/2011 03:52 PM   
I think you will be fine.
I think you will be fine.

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#4
Posted 09/19/2011 06:41 PM   
Thanks all, so no one really has a pro pull or pro push fan ? It's what works for you works kinda deal?

If so great lol I am happy with the temps

ty
Thanks all, so no one really has a pro pull or pro push fan ? It's what works for you works kinda deal?



If so great lol I am happy with the temps



ty

Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 Case

ASUS P8Z68-V Pro/Gen3

i7-2600k @ 4.4 GHz

Corsair H60 in Push/Pull

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 9-9-9-24

2 Zotac GTX 580s in SLI

Crucial M4 128GB SSD for OS

Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 7200 RPM HDD

PSU Corsair HX 1050W

Windows 7 64-Bit Home Premium

Monitor Dell UltraSharp U2410 (1920x1200)

#5
Posted 09/19/2011 07:04 PM   
Well, if you really want to go to [i]extremes[/i], there's always
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Well, if you really want to go to extremes, there's always

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#6
Posted 09/19/2011 08:44 PM   
Thats awsome,,,,,

I thought my 1-1.5 inch gap between cards was close, yours are like a tripple stacker sandwhich lol. Guess thats why the fans are there.
Thats awsome,,,,,



I thought my 1-1.5 inch gap between cards was close, yours are like a tripple stacker sandwhich lol. Guess thats why the fans are there.

Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 Case

ASUS P8Z68-V Pro/Gen3

i7-2600k @ 4.4 GHz

Corsair H60 in Push/Pull

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 9-9-9-24

2 Zotac GTX 580s in SLI

Crucial M4 128GB SSD for OS

Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 7200 RPM HDD

PSU Corsair HX 1050W

Windows 7 64-Bit Home Premium

Monitor Dell UltraSharp U2410 (1920x1200)

#7
Posted 09/20/2011 12:59 AM   
I suppose 3 way sli could be described as a triple stacker sandwich.

On my i7 system i have my side cover fan pulling air out but i also have a scythe 140mm@100cfm mounted in front of my card's like jaafaman blowing air between them.

But what i usually do to find out which is best is buy a bag of zip tie's and experiment.
I suppose 3 way sli could be described as a triple stacker sandwich.



On my i7 system i have my side cover fan pulling air out but i also have a scythe 140mm@100cfm mounted in front of my card's like jaafaman blowing air between them.



But what i usually do to find out which is best is buy a bag of zip tie's and experiment.

#8
Posted 09/20/2011 02:58 AM   
You should be fine, I had 2 120mm intakes (one bottom, one front) 1 140 intake (side), 2 140 exhaust (top) and 1 120 exhaust (back) when my 480's were on air, and it worked out pretty well.

[img]http://pumpgasracing.homestead.com/files/Comp/Defiant/final/DF1.jpg[/img]
You should be fine, I had 2 120mm intakes (one bottom, one front) 1 140 intake (side), 2 140 exhaust (top) and 1 120 exhaust (back) when my 480's were on air, and it worked out pretty well.



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Using Left over CPU coolers to keep phones cool since 2012.

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#9
Posted 09/20/2011 03:07 AM   
Jaffaman,

How did attach that 120mm to side of your cards like that? I have two 470's I would like to cool down even more.
Jaffaman,



How did attach that 120mm to side of your cards like that? I have two 470's I would like to cool down even more.

#10
Posted 09/20/2011 04:54 AM   
Look closely. It's more aparent on the CPU fan mounted on the ends.

(black vinyl electrical tape)...
Look closely. It's more aparent on the CPU fan mounted on the ends.



(black vinyl electrical tape)...

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Stock is Extreme now

#11
Posted 09/20/2011 05:15 AM   
[quote name='Lordred' date='19 September 2011 - 11:07 PM' timestamp='1316488037' post='1295573']
You should be fine, I had 2 120mm intakes (one bottom, one front) 1 140 intake (side), 2 140 exhaust (top) and 1 120 exhaust (back) when my 480's were on air, and it worked out pretty well.

[img]http://pumpgasracing.homestead.com/files/Comp/Defiant/final/DF1.jpg[/img]
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Ya the space between my GPUs is same as this pic...last night I games like 2 hours mixed the games up didn't go over 74 with biggest load, this moring played FOV with a 7GB texture pack didn't hit more then 52 so I'm fine....


thanx all for everyones info and imput :)

Ohh BTW does it matter what goldfinger the SLI bridge goes on as I see a 50/50 split when I see ppls pics of sli ?
[quote name='Lordred' date='19 September 2011 - 11:07 PM' timestamp='1316488037' post='1295573']

You should be fine, I had 2 120mm intakes (one bottom, one front) 1 140 intake (side), 2 140 exhaust (top) and 1 120 exhaust (back) when my 480's were on air, and it worked out pretty well.



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Ya the space between my GPUs is same as this pic...last night I games like 2 hours mixed the games up didn't go over 74 with biggest load, this moring played FOV with a 7GB texture pack didn't hit more then 52 so I'm fine....





thanx all for everyones info and imput :)



Ohh BTW does it matter what goldfinger the SLI bridge goes on as I see a 50/50 split when I see ppls pics of sli ?

Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 Case

ASUS P8Z68-V Pro/Gen3

i7-2600k @ 4.4 GHz

Corsair H60 in Push/Pull

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 9-9-9-24

2 Zotac GTX 580s in SLI

Crucial M4 128GB SSD for OS

Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 7200 RPM HDD

PSU Corsair HX 1050W

Windows 7 64-Bit Home Premium

Monitor Dell UltraSharp U2410 (1920x1200)

#12
Posted 09/20/2011 02:35 PM   
[quote name='jaafaman' date='20 September 2011 - 01:15 AM' timestamp='1316495711' post='1295617']
Look closely. It's more aparent on the CPU fan mounted on the ends.

(black vinyl electrical tape)...
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I was a little more interested in the one on the side of the cards. I don't see any electrical tape there. Unless it's obscured by the CPU H/S.
[quote name='jaafaman' date='20 September 2011 - 01:15 AM' timestamp='1316495711' post='1295617']

Look closely. It's more aparent on the CPU fan mounted on the ends.



(black vinyl electrical tape)...







I was a little more interested in the one on the side of the cards. I don't see any electrical tape there. Unless it's obscured by the CPU H/S.

#13
Posted 09/21/2011 06:32 AM   
Look just below the bottom blade tip...
Look just below the bottom blade tip...

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Stock is Extreme now

#14
Posted 09/21/2011 08:28 AM   
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