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Windows 7: Better GTX480 Cooling

10 Jan 2011   #1
snipermouse

Win 7 64bit
 
 
Better GTX480 Cooling

Hi all, just found one possible sollution to the extra heat produced by an SLI set up. Was looking at the nvidia forums when I noticed a post from "Raptor" (so all credit to him) saying that he noticed small screw holes at 80mm apart on the back of his GTX580 and whether you could attach a 80mm fan to the back of them. So I went exploring, my GTX480's have the same screw holes. Concerned about the amount of extra heat my new first SLI bulid was producing I purchased an ANTEC TRI COOL 80mm fan and attached it. I dont bench at all but during gaming (BFBC2, max settings) I now get a nice and cool 60-75degC on the 2 cards as apposed to 80-90degC, a nice 15-20 drop.

Thought it might be a good option for those who don't have space or mounting holes near the drive bays for extra cooling of an SLI setup.

I've attached a pic of my setup.

Once again credit must go to "Raptor" over at Nvidia Forums for bringing this to my attention.

Cheers




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10 Jan 2011   #2
smarteyeball

 
 

Nice find.

I did something similar when I shoe horned a 120mm in behind my cards when I had a 4890 crossfire setup.
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11 Jan 2011   #3
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Great idea! Looks awesome too.

~Lordbob
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11 Jan 2011   #4
Everlong

 

That's probably what I'd do. I'm getting tempted to buy a second GTX470 (only downside being I'd need a new PSU as mine only has 2 PCI-E connectors).
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11 Jan 2011   #5
smarteyeball

 
 

Undesirable, but what about using the molex>PCI-e converters?
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12 Jan 2011   #6
Everlong

 

Never really trusted using them. Are they a viable option to running the card stably?
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