I spent pretty much all morning installing 2 new eVGA 8800GT AKIMBO SC cards into my computer (had to move a lot of wires and cables to make room for those monster cards).
After finally getting them in and forgetting to reattach a couple of cables, I got my computer up and running. The cards are fine, and SLI mode works fine.
My concern is this: The temps on these cards, despite being assembled with the AKIMBO coolers, are a little too warm for my comfort. One shows at 68 and the other at 79...and that's at idle. Of course, I downloaded the eVGA Precision tool first thing and cranked up my fan speed to 100% about 5 minutes ago. Nothing's happened yet, but I'm hoping the cards will cool down.
I suspect that because I have a mid-tower case (Antec P180), things in there are pretty cramped, despite the 3 big fans I got going on in there (currently set at medium speed). One of the cards is literally up against a wall in the case (stupid case design) and not much room in there for the cooler to move air, that's probably the one at 79 (which just turned 80...and remember, fan's at 100%).
Could it be that those temps are normal for factory OC'ed cards? Any suggestions? Am I going to have to spring for a full-sized tower with plenty of room inside for the air to move?
Did some more looking around the Internet, something about a Riva tuner? Is the EVGA Precision tool I'm using useless? I may have turned up the fan speed to 100%, but I didn't really hear much of a difference. That's either because the AKIMBO fans are quiet or I'm hard-of-hearing. Probably both.
PLEASE help, these temps are really worrisome!
Edited by Venek, 28 June 2008 - 02:28 PM.